The Commerce High School softball team took fourth place in the Region 8-A softball tournament last week at East Jackson Park.
The Tigers finished the season with an 18-9 (10-4 region) record and qualified for the state playoffs by finishing in the top 16 of the Class A public school power rankings. While seeding is yet to be determined, early projections have Commerce ranked 10th among all Class A public schools, which means the Tigers will most likely have to go on the road in the first round of the state playoffs on Oct. 23-24.
In the first round of the Region 8-A tournament on Thursday, Commerce defeated Towns County 11-0.
Jenna Thomas hit two home runs in the win. Mattie Canup and Ansley Bowen added two hits. Bowen was also the winning pitcher.
In the second round, the Tigers fell 11-3 to George Walton Academy.
On Friday, the Tigers rebounded with a 4-3 win over Providence Christian. Commerce was down 1-3 before Kaylee Partin and Morgan Partin got on base due to Providence errors. Savannah Barnett sent both runners around as she nailed a three-run walk-off homer to seal a 4-3 Tiger victory. Ansley Bowen opened the game pitching and Savannah Barnett closed for the win.
Saturday, Commerce battled the number-two team Athens Christian, but was unable to prevail falling 9-1. Kaylee Partin and Mary Elizabeth Green led the Tigers at bat with one hit each.
Prince Avenue Christian defeated Athens Christian 2-1 for the Region 8-A championship.
Seven Lady Tigers from the 2013 Commerce softball team received All-Region 8-A honors following the close of the regular season.
Mattie Canup and Rachel Floyd were named to the all-region first team, while Jenna Thomas and Savannah Barnett were named to the all-region second team.
Receiving honorable mentions were Bridget Barnett, Hannah Crumley and Ansley Bowen.