Ryley Brannon

Huntland's Ryley Brannon connects on a pitch during a game Friday against Eagleville High School. Brannon had a hit and an RBI in the 5-1 loss.

The Huntland High School Lady Hornets lost to the Eagleville Lady Eagles 5-1 at the Starplex in Murfreesboro Friday in an elimination game for the Class A state tournament.

In the seventh game of the season between the district rivals and with a spot in the state championship game on the line, the Lady Eagles jumped out in front in the middle innings, and the Lady Hornets were not able to overcome the deficit as their season came to an end.

The Lady Hornets got their first two batters of the game on base, but a double play and a popout would end the frame before they could push a run across.

The Lady Eagles got a runner to third base in each of the first two innings with the Lady Hornets also getting out of each jam to keep the score tied.

The Lady Eagles broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with an RBI bloop double that fell perfectly in between the fielders on the third-base line. A throwing error and a groundout later in the frame would add additional runs as Eagleville took a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Hornets put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the fourth after Mattie Danley hit a single and Jocy May was hit by a pitch. However, a third-to-first double play would end the scoring threat.

The Lady Hornets got on the board in the top of the sixth inning as Ryley Brannon came through with a two-out ground-rule double to score Hadley Gardner from second base.

With a runner at third base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Eagles got an apparent RBI infield single to put the deficit back at three runs. The batter appeared to be out at first by a step, but she was ruled safe, the run was counted and the inning continued.

The Lady Eagles took advantage of their extra out by adding another run on an RBI single later in the frame to make it a 5-1 game.

The Lady Hornets were sent down in order in the top of the seventh as they lost by four.

With the loss, the Lady Hornets ended their season with a record of 22-10.