Fort Gay, W. Va. — The Tolsia Lady Rebels scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-6 Region 4 Section 2 victory over Hannan Wednesday for the programs first postseason win in several years.
Seniors Kristen Dean and Hannah Austin paced the Tolsia offense with 2 hits including a double, drove in 3 runs and scored 3 runs apiece. Journey Cavins, Jace Litton, Kylea Pollinger and Trinity Muncy had 1 hit each, Cavins and Litton had 1 RBI, Pollinger scored 3 runs.
Izzy Simpkins was the winning pitcher and also drove in a run. Megan Bailey pitched the last 2 innings in relief.
Tolsia will advance to face Rival Tug Valley in an elimination game Friday evening on the road.
Tolsia Head Coach Jennifer Jude
“… Great win for a program. Happy for our Seniors to get a postseason win at Home. We are playing some of our best softball right now. We picked up some clutch two out hits with runners in scoring position and we haven’t down that much all year.”
“… I thought our defense was ok until the last inning and our two pitchers threw strikes. We can’t afford to give up free passes. Hopefully we can carry this momentum on.”
Tolsia Senior Hannah Austin
“… It’s a good feeling knowing that we can play at a much higher level than we have played at all year and we need to take that mindset and skill level into every game for the remainder of the season”
“… I’m very proud of my team and I am sad that this is my last year as a Lady Rebel but I’m excited to see how the girls do next season they’re very capable of being very competitive in the section and throughout the season.”
Tolsia Senior Kristen Dean
“… Even though we had a tough, slow start at the beginning of the season, we all kept our heads up and kept working hard to get to where we got at the end. Even though our season come to an end a little sooner than we all would’ve liked, I enjoyed every minute and my teammates and coaches made it a season to remember that’s for sure. We had our bad days and we had our good, but at the end of every day we all become closer than the day before. Every season I played went by too quick and I’d give anything to get back on the field and play one more game. And I want to thank my best friend, Hannah Austin, for helping me lift our teammates up and being a role model with me for the underclassmen.”