This game had a world series, game seven feel to it. It was the seventh meeting between Oxford and Chelsea, and the series was tied at 3-3. If Chelsea could pull off the win, they would win the series 4-3 and also be crowned state champion.
And they did just that.
Heading into the seventh inning, Chelsea and Oxford were tied at one run a piece. That is when Mallory Bradford stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run home run to put the final winning runs on the board.
Chelsea did defeat Oxford earlier that day to make it to the finals. Oxford had to get through highly ranked Southside-Gadsden to make it back for redemption against the Hornets.
Despite their record, the Hornets had a solid tournament performance, capping it off with two 3-1 victories over the Yellow Jackets.
The tournament MVP went to Chelsea pitcher Sarah Cespedes. She held the Yellow Jackets to one run on four hits with four strikeouts.
Other top performers in the game included Oxford’s Sarah Howell who drove in the one run for Oxford in the first inning. For Chelsea, on top of Cespedes and Bradford, was Lexi Preisendorfer who drove in a run.
Also of note, Oxford and Chelsea both came out of area 10, with Oxford being the area winner.
Chelsea’s road to the championship:
WBR1: def. Dothan 6-2
WBR2: def. Southside-Gadsden 6-3
WBF: def. Oxford 3-1
Finals: def. Oxford 3-1