Commerce (17-15) was eliminated from the Class-A Georgia high school softball playoffs after falling 4-0 and 5-3 to Seminole County.
The Tigers made the long trip to the southwestern most corner of the state to play the number two seeded Indians in a best two-out-of-three contest last Wednesday.
Tiger head coach Pam Canup described both games as “very close” and “exciting.”
The Tigers were unable to get any points on the scoreboard in the first game, but Canup notes that, “it could have been anyone’s game.”
“It was really a 1-0 game up until the fifth or sixth inning,” she said. “We were playing well – they were playing well. We both got hits and had people moving around the bases. They got a break in the fifth and scored a couple runs, and that was all the difference.”
The Tigers had a bit more success behind the plate in the second round of the contest.
“The second game was 5-3,” said Canup. “It was a back-and-forth game and it was very interesting how things went. We’d get on a run, then they’d make a great play – same for them. It was a really good game of softball.”
Canup praised batters Libbi Lance, Rachel Floyd, Bridgett Barnett, Savannah Barnett, Hannah Crumly and Mattie Canup, all for getting hits and getting on base. She noted Jenna Thomas in particular, as she had two RBIs and a triple in the second game of the series.
Although the Tigers were defeated, Canup notes that they did not walk away empty-handed.
“Nobody on the team has ever been in the playoffs for softball,” she said. “It was a great experience for us – especially with the number of freshmen and sophomores that we have. I am very pleased with the team. I feel like they grew and learned the game. Hopefully this playoff experience will help us next year.”