Eager to prove they belong

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meredith Nall eases away from the bag at first.

Meredith Nall eases away from the bag at first.

The Red Level High School softball team will rewrite school history when the Lady Tigers take their first trip to the AHSAA Class 1A South Regional Softball Tournament in Gulf Shores on Thursday.

“At the beginning of the year, their weren’t many people outside or inside this program that thought we would be here,” Lady Tigers’ head coach Allen Catrett said. “I’ve known all year that we have a special group here, but they just had to realize it.”

The Lady Tigers fought hard through the Class 1A, Area 3 tournament for a second place finish.

“From the first of the year until now, the girls have continued to improve in all areas,” Catrett said. “We really have gotten a lot better, we aren’t making as many errors and we are putting the ball in play. This is the first year we have been here and we hope that this sets the standard for the girls coming up. It’s going to be fun trip for the girls, but we want to win. Now we want to get down there, make a good showing and make this the standard for Red Level softball.

In the opening game of the area tournament, Red Level matched up with McKenzie.

Red Level’s showed many strong signs in the 22-11 victory over McKenzie.

Meredith Nall, Tori Hall and Ashlyn Joyner each had multiple hits in the contest for the Lady Tigers.

Joyner drove in five runs in the win and Nall and Marianne Vigor each drove in the three runs.

Next up, Red Level had to take on the top-10 ranked Pleasant Home Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles made short work of the Lady Tigers and forced Red Level into a must-win elimination game against McKenzie.

This time, however, McKenzie rolled out to an 11-0 lead and looked to big sending the Lady Tigers packing.

Red Level never let the large deficit faze them, as the began to scrape and chip away at the McKenzie lead.

With McKenzie on top 13-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Red Level pieced together a 12-run rally that gave them an 18-13 victory and earn them a spot in the Class 1A South Regional Softball Tournament in Gulf Shores.

Red Level will take on Brantley at 3 p.m., Thursday in the opening round of the South Regional.

“I think it’s good for us to start with them,” Catrett said. “They are one of the best teams in the, and it will be good for us to start. After that first round, I think we will be able to match up with some of the other teams.”