Powhatan scored six runs in the first three innings against Midlothian Thursday en route to a 6-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the Class 4, Region B tournament.
The second-seeded Indians received a bye in the first round, and showed up swinging for their first playoff game this season.
“We came out with good bats, strong bats, and we had some great contact,” Powhatan coach Marie Crump said. “We scored early, and that always takes a little bit of pressure off.”
The Indians (16-1) scored three of those early runs in the first inning. And, in the top of the second, pitcher Mason Basdikis struck out the side. In the bottom half of the inning, Sami Pleasants singled, and that was followed by a Tori Gilbert double to send her home.
“I was nervous at the beginning … I just wanted to make contact, and make sure it was a good hit,” said Pleasants, who went 3 for 3 for the night.
Teri Jackson brought Gilbert in with a single.
However, the seventh-seeded Trojans (11-8) were not going to give up without a fight. Midlothian managed to sneak in a run in the top of the fifth inning.
Alexis Wright led off the inning for the Trojans with a single, and from first she quickly stole second. A few batters later, Morgan Gilbert singled to score Wright.
With the score 6-1 at the end of the fifth, the Indians kicked it into high gear. They faced just seven more batters over the next two innings. The game ended with Powhatan turning a double play.
“It’s the time of the year where you know you have to produce runs, and you know you have to play defense," Crump said. "And I thought today we did a great job of that."
Crump said the key to the Indians' winning season was hard work.
“We pride ourselves on every day coming out and trying to get a little bit better, and that’s how we approached the season," she said.
The Indians will face Hanover in the region semifinals, and plan to continue playing as they have all season.
“We’re gonna keep pushing, and stay determined,” Pleasants said.