Andrea Edmonds was part of a Marengo Academy girls basketball team that lost to Lakeside in the AISA Class A championship game 21/2months ago.
She made sure history didn’t repeat itself in softball. Edmonds and the Longhorns rolled through the tournament unbeaten, beating Lakeside 8-2 in the championship game at Lagoon Park on Saturday night.
Edmonds blasted a two-run homer to left field in the second inning to give her team a 3-0 lead, then made sure the lead held up by striking out 11 and retiring four more on groundouts.
“I couldn’t have done it without my defense, that’s for sure,” Edmonds said. “I wanted to go after their No. 3 hitter (Chelsea Jones) because she hit two home runs in the game before.
“It was definitely a redemption thing. They have great athletes. It was something for us to work for.”
The home run, she added, “shocked me.”
Making the all-tournament team were Lakeside’s Jones, Kasey Grant and Frankie Ammons and Marengo’s Edmonds, Katie Tucker and Reesa Holifield. The most valuable player was Marengo’s Chandler Stenz.
To reach the championship game, Lakeside got past Edgewood. Jones hit her fifth home run of the tournament in the first inning and added an RBI in the second in an 8-1 victory.
Katrina Hardin led off the game with a single to left field off of Jones and scored on a single by Kelsey Hartley for a 1-0 Wildcat lead, but Edgewood (23-18) managed just four more hits for the remainder of the game.
And while they had their sights set much higher, a third-place finish was some consolation for the Wildcats, who dropped to Class A in 2013-14.
“We won some (games) people didn’t expect us to win against strong teams and lost some that we didn’t expect to lose to some not-so-good teams,” Edgewood coach Fawn Sims said. “But we’re so young. I only had one senior and I even have a sixth grader that starts sometimes out in the field. Overall, a great group of girls, truly a team, 100 percent better mindset than it was a year ago.”
“They almost got along too well. They had a hard time criticizing each other in a positive way because they didn’t want to hurt each other’s feelings. It was almost too nice, but that’s a good problem to have.”