CORDELE -- Talk about two-out rallies. How about a three-out rally?
Southland scored nine runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning on Tuesday to beat Sherwood Christian Academy, 12-3, in a playoff game to grab the No. 2 seed in GISA Region 3-AAA.
And to make things worse, Sherwood actually had the third out before the rally as Anna Laine Brock struck out the first three batters in the seventh. But the third batter reached base on a passed ball.
"We had the striekout for the final out, but (the batter) reached on a passed ball, and then we just blew up,'' Sherwood coach Greg Richter said. "After the strikeout, we walked a couple of batters and then they got a few hits. Instead of batting in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied, but we blew up.''
SCA came back from 3-0 and knotted the score in the bottom of the sixth when Paiton couch, who hit a sacrifice fly earlier, doubled home Kaylee Dixon. The Lady Eagles also scored on a squeeze bunt by Casie Wright that brought home Couch.
Sherwood (15-6) will be the No. 3 seed out of Region 3-AAA, which means the Lady Eagles will be on the road in the first round of the playoffs. They play Bulloch at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Southland enjoys a home-field advantage and plays Pinewood Academy on Saturday.
Southland, Tiftarea and Sherwood all split games with each other in the regular season and were tied for first and a playoff at neutral Cordele was played to decide the seeding for the playoffs.
Sherwood was in the driver's seat because the Lady Eagles had a bye, but couldn't take advantage of it. Tiftarea beat Southland, 3-0, in the opener, and then beat Sherwood, 4-0, to claim first place.
Southland (15-10) and SCA played for the second-place seeding, and the Lady Raiders broke the game open in the seventh when Rylee Palmer hit a two-out, two-strike single to drive in two runs. Then the floodgates opened. Hannah McCain also had two strikes when she ripped a two-run triple.
Palmer was one of four players with two hits in the game. Alex Lindsey, Tobi West and Abby Harrod, who doubled, also had two hits. Palmer and Harrod each drove in three runs, and West had two RBI.
Lindsey allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one. Lindsey allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking one.
-- Information from The Americus Times-Recorder was used in this report
LEE COUNTY 4, CRISP COUNTY 0:
Late Tuesday, the Lady Trojans improved to 15-5 overall behind the pitching of reigning Herald Player of the Year, Lindsay Tompkins, who allowed just two hits.
Brandi Blount, Jessi Jones and Natalie Shiver all had at least one hit, while Jones and Shiver each had an RBI as Lee took advantage of two costly errors by Crisp pitching on wild throws to score its other two runs.
The win now sets the stage for Lee County's rematch Thursday with region foe TCC, which beat the Lady Trojans earlier this year at its place. Game time is set for 5:45 p.m. in Leesburg.