North, South split softball doubleheader

North, South split softball doubleheader

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North, South split softball doubleheader

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Elmore County player Elissa Brown of the South All-Stars team beats a throw to be safe at first. The South All-Stars team took a 4-3 win in game 1 over the North team on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Elmore County player Elissa Brown of the South All-Stars team beats a throw to be safe at first. The South All-Stars team took a 4-3 win in game 1 over the North team on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Elissa Brown noticed the young gaggle of fans at Lagoon Park devoted to cheering her.

She didn’t let them down.

The rising senior at Elmore County High was the South’s most valuable player in the AHSAA All-Star softball doubleheader Tuesday.

Brown hit a game-ending, two-run double and was 3-for-3 with two runs scored in the opener, a 4-3 South victory. She had yet to bat when lightning, which had already caused one lengthy delay, ended the finale with the North ahead 1-0 in the fifth.

“There was a pep squad here for me and they weren’t here at the end because of the lightning, so they didn’t see me win MVP,” Brown said. “Hopefully, this will help make them hungry.

“They’ll know they can make it to the All-Star Game after seeing someone from Elmore County ‘repping.’ ”

Brown, who has verbally committed to Alabama, had runners on second and third — with two outs — when she batted in the seventh inning.

She joked that she told North infielder Kaitlyn Crocker, a travel-ball teammate from Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, that she was about to end it.

“I mouthed to her, ‘I’m going to hit a walk-off,’ ” Brown said. “She said back, ‘I’m ready.’ ”

Brown doubled off the base of the center-field wall, which helps her avoid any trouble from Elmore County principal Wes Rogers.

Elmore County’s Elissa Brown hopes MVP award inspires

Rogers, when he gave her the free tickets to the event for her parents, sternly set a goal for her.

“He said, ‘I want nothing less than the MVP,’ ” Brown said. “I know he’s going to be proud of me.”

Brown is a two-time All-State softball player for the Panthers, though she’s also a basketball and track and field star.

This spring, she qualified for the state track meet in the 100 and 200, but didn’t go because it conflicted with the softball team’s area tournament.

Of course, she compared her times afterward.

“The 100 would have been a good race,” Brown said. “Everyone at school thought I would have pulled it out. My track coach told me I would have won a medal.”

Hewitt-Trussville’s Bailey Murphy was the North’s most valuable player.

Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning of the opener. She also gave up no earned runs in 22/3 innings as a pitcher, though she took the loss. Murphy scored the second game’s run.

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South wins 4-3; lightning ends 2nd game with North leading 1-0

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