Tenth-ranked Corner played its way into next week's North Central Regional Tournament at Liberty Park, but fell short of the Class 4A Area 11 championship, as No. 8 Haleyville prevailed in the final by an 11-2 score Thursday.
"They played hard all day, but lost a heartbreaker in the second game," Yellow Jackets coach Aaron James said. "We just didn't get timely hitting, and they [Haleyville] did. They responded in the get-in-or-go-home game. We even fought hard in the fourth game against Haleyville again, but we just ran out of gas, and some errors hurt us."
Madison McCormack won both her games against Fayette, hit a two-run home run and drove in two more runs on sacrifice flies. Jordan Entrekin was the losing pitcher in both games against Haleyville, despite an effort James called "phenomenal." She also hit a solo homer to take the lead over Lions in the second game of the day.
Corner had its hands full with Lions third baseman Callie Pendley. "We couldn't keep her off the bases. She can fly," James said.
The Jackets will face Munford in the first round of regionals at 8 a.m. Friday. Should they win, their likely opponent in the winner's bracket semifinal will be No. 2 Cherokee County.