The Carrollton High School softball team had its winning streak snapped at 10 on Saturday afternoon, but not in the manner that one would think.
Playing in the finale of the 2017 Carrollton Trojan Slam at the East Carrollton Softball Complex, the Lady Trojans ended the day in a 2-2 deadlock with Chattooga following a well-played ballgame from both squads.
Due to a time-limit ruling for the tournament format, the seventh inning brought out the international tie-breaker, where Carrollton (14-1-1) held the visitors scoreless in the top half of the frame and were in position to pull out the walk-off win in the home half after Montana Dallas laid down a successful sacrifice to move Ansley Barge over to third with only one out.
Even though you hate to see a tie in such a competitive contest, Carrollton head coach Lisa Phillips said there were plenty of positives and a few teachable moments to take from the outing.
"Unfortunately, you have to learn the hard way sometimes. That was one of those moments there. We're going to learn from it and move forward," Phillips said. "They had three balls we hit over the fence and they ran through the temporary fence and caught three balls on us. Just one of those grinding games. Didn't play awful, but didn't do enough to win."
The Lady Trojans opened the day with a 14-1 romp of Columbus, and the hot bats continued into the second game, even though the scoreboard didn't show it as there were several hard-hit outs and the three long balls to the fence where Chattooga made nifty plays to record a trio of loud outs.
"We hit the ball hard all day. They caught three right there where the kid fell over the fence or was running through the fence after she caught them. That would have been another eight or nine runs for us," Phillips said. "But overall the effort was good. Just a mental mistake right there kind of hurt us at the end."
Currently in a heated battle for the top spot in Region 7-AAAAA, the Carrollton Trojan Slam always serves as a nice break from league action and that proved true once again this weekend with nearly 20 teams on tap for the two-day event featuring some of the best programs across all classifications.
"Definitely good softball. We had great crowds this weekend and nice weather. I really appreciate my parents and everybody stepping up and doing a good job helping us put something like this on," Phillips said. "With 16 teams here, it's a huge undertaking and they make it look easy."
Carrollton is scheduled to have a first-place showdown at Kell on Tuesday, but Hurricane Irma may put a damper on that. Phillips said they'll work to reschedule the game if weather hits and hopefully be in a position to still be playing for an opportunity to host the region tournament when they do meet up down the road.
"We just need to win out with our games left in those big region games," Phillips said. "If we can win out there, we'll maybe be able to host the tournament at the end of the year."