WYNNE — Faulkner County rivals Greenbrier and Vilonia had a chance to set up a showdown against each other for the 5A state softball championship Monday.
One team made it.
Vilonia, which finished second to Greenbrier in the 5A West race, continued a surge through in the state tournament with a 3-1 semifinal victory over 5A West rival Alma.
White Hall defeated Greenbrier, 5-3, to end the Lady Panthers’ title bid.
The Lady Eagles and White Hall will play for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas’ Bogle Park.
The Lady Eagles’ Whitney Price continued her strong pitching in the state tournament with a four-hitter. She struck out five and walked two.
Catherine Lloyd, who was 3 for 3, took care of most of the offense, scoring two of Vilonia’s three runs. Her two-run home run over the left field fence gave the Lady Eagles a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Shaylee Stevenson’s RBI double in the fifth produced Alma’s only run.
A two-out, four-run rally by White Hall in the sixth inning did in the Lady Panthers.
White Hall’s got RBI singles from Rachel Box and Kayla Reap and benefitted from a bases-loaded error in the big inning.
Haley Baugh drove in another run in the seventh.
The Lady Panthers, trailing 5-3, put two runners on in the seventh but the Lady Bullodgs’ Sydnee Clark got Aundrea Hardin, the losing pitcher, to ground out to end the game.