Linzie LaFavor homered and drove in two, and Bailey Cooley pitched a one-hit shutout as the TCA Conquerors defeated Baldwin 12-0 in the Class 4A, District 2 semifinal Tuesday night at Trinity.
LaFavor's solo shot (2) capped a 12-run outburst that let the opposition know that the Diamond Divas are ready to make another run at a state championship game. LaFavor lofted a fourth-inning pitch over the left-field fence to complete the scoring. Two innings earlier, she singled home Morgan McMillian as part of a seven-run second.
LaFavor finished the night 2 for 3 with two runs driven in and one run scored.
MacKenzie Marrell also had a pair of RBI in a 2-for-3 performance. Marrell's two-run single came in the big second inning and brought home both Reagan Griffis (walk) and Amaya Ross (RBI single) to make the score 7-0. McMillian doubled home Marrell before LaFavor's RBI single, and after Natalia Burnsed drove in Hannah Rivers with a double, the Conquerors led 10-0 by the inning's end.
Trinity scored three unearned runs in the first and added two more in the fourth on Cooley's sacrifice fly and LaFavor's home run.
Offensive contributors included Alexis Ross (two runs), Griffis (BB, 2 R) Amaya Ross (1 for 3, R, RBI), McMillian (2 for 3, RBI, 2 R), Burnsed (2 for 3, RBI), and Breezy Burnette (3 for 3, R).
On mound, Cooley (W: 13-6, 2.41 ERA) held Baldwin to one hit in five innings to earn the complete-game shutout. Cooley walked one and struck out seven. She threw 45 of 71 pitches (63%) for strikes. The very efficient pitch count will allow Cooley to recuperate in time for the title game on Thursday.
Trinity will play Providence Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. for the district championship at Trinity. Regardless of winner, both teams will advance to the regional playoffs with the winner getting a home game on Thursday, May 9.
The softball playoff bracket is now available on the FHSAA Website by clicking here.