Lynn off to fast start in Montgomery
by W. Brian Hale
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Lynn softball coach Philip Smith high-fives players coming off the field during the Bears' win over Billingsley at the state tournament in Montgomery on Thursday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Lynn softball coach Philip Smith high-fives players coming off the field during the Bears' win over Billingsley at the state tournament in Montgomery on Thursday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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MONTGOMERY — Two wins. That’s what stands between the Lynn Bears and a Class 1A state softball championship.

Lynn got off to a perfect start at the State Softball Tournament on Thursday, taking down Kinston and Billingsley.

The Bears face red-hot Brantley in today’s winner’s bracket final at 9 a.m. The winner advances to the championship game, which is set for 4 p.m. today.

Lynn (47-9) opened the tournament with dominant 7-1 win over Kinston before edging Billingsley 6-5 with a  game-winning, walk-off fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Lynn’s best finish at state was runner up behind Ragland in 2010. 

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Game 1 - Winner’s bracket

Lynn 7, Kinston 1

Tiffany Self gave up just three hits and a run, while striking out five batters in seven innings in the Bears’ 7-1 victory over the Kinston Bulldogs.

At the plate, Regan Tittle went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two RBIs, two stolen bases and a homerun to lead Lynn. Self and Mack Tidwell both went 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Brooke Harris and Kyndra Richard went 1 for 3 with two runs scored each. Emma Easley, Brooklyn Beck, Holly Murray and Kelci McGough all recorded hits.

The Bears scored runs in the first, second, third, sixth and seventh innings, before Kinston added a lone score for the 7-1 final.

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Game 2 - Winner’s bracket

Lynn 6, Billingsley 5

Kelci McGough batted in Kyndra Richard on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning to allow the Bears to clinch a 6-5 victory over the Billingsley Bears and advance to the third round of the winner’s bracket.

Brooklyn Beck was a perfect 4 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI  to lead the Lynn offense. Reagan Tittle was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double, while Richard was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double. Holly Murray was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double and Mack Tidwell went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Tiffany Self gave up eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters.

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Addison eliminated

The Addison Bulldogs were eliminated from the tournament in the second round of the consolation bracket to finish their season with a 31-17 record.

The Bulldogs defeated the Ragland Purple Devils, 4-1, in the first round of the winner’s bracket — with Regan Yarbrough earning the win after striking out three batters in seven innings. Callie Brewer led the Bulldogs offensively, going 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Addison fell in the second round of the winner’s bracket at the hands of the Brantley Bulldogs, 12-2. Yarbrough pitched two innings in the loss, while Lauren Cutcher pitched the final three innings. Anna Tuggle went 1 for 2 with a run scored to lead Addison.

Kinston defeated Addison in the second round of the consolation bracket, 6-3. Yarbrough gave up nine hits, a walk and struck out two batters in the seven-inning loss. Maison Evans was 2 for 4 with a run scored to lead Addison’s offense.