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Lady Eagles advance to state

Clutch hitting and solid pitching from all three pitchers helped the Pleasant Home Lady Eagles send the Fruitdale Lady Pirates down the plank in sub-state high school softball action Saturday.

The Lady Eagles swept the Lady Pirates to advance to the Class 1A State Tournament beginning Friday.

The Lady Eagles won the first contest 4-1 and edged the Lady Pirates 3-2 in the second game.

Two runs for Pleasant Home in the first inning set the tone for the first game.

Britni Ballard started the rally with a two-out single. Kayla Wiggins followed her in the line-up and reached base when she was hit by a pitch.

Carly Lundy came up big with a clutch hit to plate Ballard and Wiggins. Lundy ripped a two-RBI double to give the Lady Eagles a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

Pleasant Home tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning when Beth Cox and Kayla Wiggins scored.

Cox reached base on a bunt single and stole second. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brittney Blount. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Ballard.

Wiggins reached base when she was hit by a pitch, for the second time in the game, and came around to score.

Fruitdale scored one run in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Eagles slammed the door down the stretch for a 4-1 win.

Kim Jacobs was the winning pitcher with Katy Wiggins also pitching in the game.

In the second game, the Lady Eagles got a strong relief pitching performance from Leah Turman to secure a 3-2 win.

Pleasant Home went on top 1-0 in the top of the first inning when Carly Lundy scored on a passed ball.

Beth Cox and Britni Ballard scored in the top of the third inning to give the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Fruitdale answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, but were halted by Leah Turman.

Turman entered the game to pitch with runners on second and third with two outs and got a ground out to retire the side. She pitched three scoreless innings to help secure the win.

Kim Jacobs was the winning pitcher. Katy Wiggins also pitched and struck out a batter for the final out with two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Lady Eagles play Westminster at 9 a.m. Friday in Montgomery in first-round action of the state tournament.