The Huntland High School Lady Hornets beat the Sale Creek Lady Panthers 11-1 at the Starplex in Murfreesboro Wednesday in a quarterfinal game for the Class A state tournament.
The Lady Hornets took an early lead and pulled away in the middle innings as their five-inning victory advanced them forward into the semifinals of the state bracket.
The Lady Hornets got their first run in the bottom of the first as Mattie Danley hit an RBI double to make it a 1-0 game.
The Lady Panthers put runners into scoring position in each of the first three innings, but they were not able to push any of them across home plate.
The Lady Hornets built on their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryley Brannon and Hannah Daniel both hit RBI singles for one run each. Megan Tipps, Ashtyn Danley and Hadley Gardner each drew bases-loaded walks later in the frame to add three more runs to their tally and put the lead at 6-0.
The Lady Hornets scored another four runs in the bottom of the fourth as Daniel hit a sacrifice fly, Deanna Burton contributed a two-run single and Ashtyn Danley added an RBI double to bring the lead up to double digits.
The Lady Panthers scored their lone run in the top of the fifth as a throwing error with two outs would slightly extend the game.
However, the Lady Hornets would still get the win in the bottom half of the inning as Jocy May hit an RBI double to give Huntland the victory via the mercy rule.
Ashtyn Danley pitched another complete game to get the win on the mound as she ended the day with eight strikeouts, two hits and one unearned run allowed.
With the win, the Lady Hornets improved to 22-8 on the season.
They will next play Thursday against Summertown High School at the Starplex in a semifinal game for the state tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.