MONTGOMERY- Brantley junior pitcher Leanna Johnson baffled Spring Garden's batters Thursday night. She allowed just one hit and posted 13 strikeouts in the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs' 13-0 victory in five innings in the winners bracket of the Class 1A state softball tournament.
Sophomore shortstop Payton McGinnis had the lone hit for the sixth-ranked Lady Panthers (28-17). Freshman second baseman Macy Reedy and junior third baseman Payton Traffanstedt both drew a walk.
"(Johnson) is a good pitcher, but I felt like we could have been more selective at bat at times," Spring Garden coach Ann Welsh said. "We don't see that. You try to prepare as much as you can.
"They hit the ball well. We made some errors we haven't been making. Those ground balls they hit are ground balls we've had all year. We didn't stand behind (junior pitcher) Kerstin (Bryant)."
Sophomore catcher Kassidy Wilcox led the Lady Bulldogs (50-3) by going 3-for-3 with a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Freshman outfielder Emory Bush was also 3-for-3. Junior third baseman Lainey Wells had a pair of hits and a walk. Sophomore first baseman Olivia Jones had a pair of hits and two RBIs.
The game was delayed for an hour and 22 minutes because of rain with the Lady Bulldogs on top 2-0 in the top of the second.
Spring Garden drops to the losers bracket where it will face Marion County at 9 a.m.
"We've done that before (come through the losers bracket)," Welsh said. "It's been worse. We've lost the first game and come back. We know our path. We've got to put that behind us and let it drive us to work hard tomorrow."