Humansville softball outlasted the weather but not host Hermitage Wednesday night, Sept. 5. The Lady Hornets edged the Lady Tigers 4-3 in a Polk County League game.

Hermitage jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single tallies in the first and third innings. Humansville made up the deficit with a three-spot in the visitors fifth.

A one-out walk to pinch-hitter Alex Hopkins started the rally. After a Joahnna Essex single to right field, Abby Burrow tied the game with her two-run triple up the left field line. Ariel Culbertson followed two pitches later with an RBI-single to center field for a 3-2 Lady Tiger lead.

The Lady Hornets (2-5, 1-2 PCL) quickly tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth, then just as light rain arrived in Hermitage, an inside-the-park home run by Abby Irek in the home sixth to plate the winning run.

Humansville edged Hermitage in hits 6-4, with two-hit outings by Lacey Swearingin and Essex.

Burrow went the distance for Humansville with four earned runs on four hits, striking out 10 and walking three.

The Lady Tigers (2-5, 1-3) host Montrose Monday, Sept. 10.

Lady Hornets 16, Dadeville 1 (4)

Fair Play made quick work of its former co-op softball school Tuesday night, Sept. 4. The Lady Hornets walloped visiting Dadeville 16-1 in four innings, taking advantage of nine Lady Bearcat errors.

Dadeville (0-3) struck first but Fair Play did the rest of the scoring on the evening. The Lady Hornets scored seven times in the home first for 7-1 lead, and the lead grew from there. Fair Play added three tallies in the home second, five more runs in the third and finished off the run-rule victory with a run in the fourth inning.

Fair Play only had five hits, but were issued eight walks by Dadeville.

Adrienne Brown had a triple in the win, and Selena Christakos posted two RBIs. Christakos, Lexie Simpson, Chyler Welch and Abby Grove all had singles for Fair Play.

Welch got the win in the circle, holding the Lady Bearcats to an unearned run on two hits, fanning nine and walking just two.

Fair Play's make-up game with Montrose was canceled Wednesday night after rain hit the western Polk County area.

Walnut Grove Tourney starts Friday

Fair Play (2-3, 2-0 PCL) faces four-seed Aurora at the Walnut Grove Tournament Friday, Sept. 7. First pitch is at 4:45 p.m. The Lady Hornets play Dora or possibly Dadeville again in the second round later that night.

Marion C. Early is the three-seed and draws conference foe Gainesville at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The Lady Panthers draw host Walnut Grove or Springfield Parkview in the second round at 11:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. The finals start at 3 Saturday.

The full bracket for this weekend's tournament at Walnut Grove at

Remainder of MCE Tournament cancelled

For just the second time in the 23 years, the MCE Softball Tournament will not have a winner. MCE activities director and coach Mike McHolland announced Tuesday that the remainder of the tourney is cancelled after too many schedule conflicts with the six schools participating.

"I have try every possible Wednesday or Saturday for the rest of the season and could not find a date to finish the tourney with the teams," McHolland said in an email.

All the first round games got played Friday, Aug. 25, but only one game was finished the following morning in the consolation semifinals. The remainder of the second round games were postponed to Aug. 29, only to get rained out again.

This is the first time since 2012 a championship game will not be played at Morrisville.

VB: Golden City 2, Lady Pirates 0

Pleasant Hope volleyball dropped a road game in straight sets Tuesday night. The Lady Pirates lost 25-12, 25-21 to host Golden City in a non-conference game.

PH (1-2) hosts a triangular at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, playing Greenfield and Sheldon.

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