Snead State finishes historic season as ACCC Softball Runner-Up

Snead State finishes historic season as ACCC Softball Runner-Up

ALABASTER, ALA. – The Snead State softball team took second place in the Alabama Community College Conference and NJCAA Region 22 tournament Monday, reaching 19 conference wins and its best postseason finish, yet.

Snead State (28-39 and 19-12) went 6-2 at the tournament and finished as runner-up, securing their spot to compete at this weekend's NJCAA District I Tournament at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. The Lady Parsons will take on Louisburg College May 5 and 6 in a best-of-three series for a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah.

Snead State freshmen Torie Garner and Madison Burt, along with sophomore Mallory Walker, were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Walker, a catcher, was also selected to the First Team All-Region and First Team North Division.

Pitcher Rilee White, outfielder Callie Kay and infielder Anna Leigh Mitchell were each named to the Second Team North Division.

Snead State Head Coach Tracy Grindrod is in his fourth season at Snead State. Last year, the Lady Parsons finished third in the ACCC.

Wallace State defeated the Parsons in extra innings Monday after play was suspended in the fourth inning on Sunday afternoon due to weather.

Snead State scored four runs in the first inning of the championship game before Wallace State matched with four of their own in the bottom of the first.

Wallace State grabbed a 5-4 lead before Mallory Walker hit a three-run homer right before play was suspended, giving Snead State a 7-5 advantage.

When play resumed in the bottom of the fourth on Monday at noon, Wallace State scored a run in the fourth and tied the game in the bottom of sixth at 7-7.

Wallace State's Tanner Robertson ended the game in bottom of the eighth inning with a walk-off homerun putting Wallace State on top 8-7.

Snead State, seeded third in the North Division, opened the tournament last Friday with a 10-0 win over Bishop State.

Torie Garner pitched the ACCC's first perfect game this season. In five innings, she struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced. Garner was also 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and three RBIs.

Sophomores Alexis Bates and Anna Leigh Mitchell both went 2-for-3 with three RBIs each for the game. They both also hit a homerun.

The Parsons lost the second game of the tournament 2-0 to Wallace Dothan, who was seeded second in the South Division.

From the mound, Rilee White pitched six complete innings, giving up just three hits and striking out one. Both runs were unearned.

Snead State wrapped up Friday's games defeating the South's first seeded Faulkner State 3-0.

Garner took to the circle again for the Lady parsons, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out four. Courtney Blevins went 2-for-3 with one RBI for Snead State.

On Saturday, Snead State eliminated Alabama Southern 8-4. White threw three innings for the Parsons, giving up four hits and four runs. She struck out four batters.

Alexis Bonnano relieved White on the mound. She completed four innings, giving up just three hits and allowing no runs. Bonanno also hit a solo home run.

Madison Burt, Callie Kay and Mallory Walker each hit two for the Parsons. Walker also had two RBIs.

The win moved the Parsons on to play Central Alabama.

Garner allowed six hits and two runs while striking out four in the 4-2 win. Haley White led the Parsons in hitting going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

McKenzie Ridgway and Mitchell both were 2-for-3 for Snead State. Mitchell finished the game with two RBIs.

The win propelled Snead State to a rematch against Wallace Dothan. The Parsons came out on top with a 10-8 win in the multiple hit affair.

Burt went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Snead State. Ridgway added one hit with four RBIs and a sac-fly.

With the win, Snead State moved on to the semi-finals on Sunday to face Shelton State.

Shelton State scored an unearned run in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead, which would stand for six innings.

With bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Shelton State pitcher Megan Garst walked the tying run in.

Madison Cantrell scored two runs on a hit to move the Parsons to 3-1.

Haley White followed Cantrell with a full count single to the right side to drive in two more runs, pushing Snead State to 5-1.

Garner once again went the distance for Snead State. She struck out eight and allowed only one unearned run on four hits.