Davidson Academy was hoping for a fifth meeting with Ezell-Harding, but the Lady Beats lost 13-1 to University School of Jackson in the DII-A softball losers bracket final.
Davidson (35-12) lost to Ezell-Harding 4-0 earlier Thursday.
“They just hit the ball better,” Davidson Academy coach Stacy Swinea said of USJ. “I don’t think we were as focused as we needed to be. They were and they did what they needed to do. They were sharp and we weren’t.”
USJ and Ezell-Harding will meet in Friday at 10 a.m. in the championship. USJ would need two wins to take the title.
The Lady Bruins came out swinging early and often and scored 12 of their 13 runs with two outs. MTSU signee Lauren Riddell had plenty of support in her complete-game effort.
“I’d say the difference was our tenacity,” said Ally Glover, who drove in three runs. “I could talk about hits and plays because we had those. We had key hits and we had key plays, but our girls know what it’s like to come up here and play and we know that we want this.”
Last year when the Lady Bruins won the state championship they scored nine runs in four games. This year through three games, the Lady Bruins have scored 28.
Davidson Academy’s Savannah Carr (28-11) helped the Lady Bruins with her combined seven free passes by way of walk or hit batter. Those free runners combined with two untimely errors sunk the Lady Bears before they could even get started.