CHIPLEY —Chipley’s Lady Tigers trounced the Northview Chiefs 7-1 on Tuesday in the second round of the Class 1A Rural District 2 Softball District Tournament, being held in Chipley.
The Tigers will face the Jay Royals at 6 p.m. Thursday in the district championship game, which will also be played at Chipley High School.
Jay defeated Baker 6-1 Tuesday in Chipley to move on to the district championship game.
The Chiefs finished their year with a 14-1 regular season.
Northview pitcher Misty Doran threw fast and hard, but seemed to have trouble keeping the Lady Tigers on home plate.
Chipley pitcher Mallory Dean tossed six scoreless innings, with the Northview squad only getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh when Angel Lathan made it home following a scramble on an unsuccessful bunt by Ariel Holland.
The rest of the evening belonged to the Tigers. Chipley’s Sarah Gilbert scored in the first inning on a double by Lexi Helms.
In the third inning, Chipley’s Sara Kaye Compton walked after being struck by an errant pitch, then a deep centerfield drive by Sarah Gilbert moved Compton to third and Gilbert to second.
Doran struck out Kari Waldrip, but Chipley’s Kara Bush scored two RBIs with a single to centerfield bumping the Lady Tigers’ lead up to 3-0.
Doran walked Braylee Pooser in the fourth inning, then Pooser ran home on Dean’s double.
On the next pitch, Compton walks after being hit, again, then steals second when a pitch goes astray while Gilbert is at bat.
Later that same inning, Waldrip’s single RBI brings Compton home to make it 5-0.
Kendal Daniels knocked one over the fence in the sixth inning for the only home run of the game, giving the Tigers a 6-0 edge over the Chiefs.
The Tigers scored again in the top of the seventh, when with the bases loaded, Gilbert’s hit deep to right field was nabbed by a Chief outfielder, but it was enough for Paige Carter to steal home.