Hayden Joyner got her 17th win of the season and the Bryan County team got its 20th as the Redskins beat Temple, 10-1, Wednesday evening at Redskins Field to claim the Super Regional softball tournament championship.
The win enabled Bryan County to punch its ticket to the Elite Eight in the GHSA Class A-D1 state tournament next week in Columbus. The Redskins will join seven other Super Regional winners in pursuit of a state championship.
Bryan County (20-6-1) will play Pepperell (21-2) at 1 p.m. next week in Columbus. This will be the second time in the last three years the Redskins have advanced to Columbus. They finished third in the state two years ago. The tournament is double elimination with the state championship game scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 29.
Temple had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when the dormant Redskins bats, aided by some shaky Tigers field, came alive to produce five runs which was all Joyner (17-6) needed as she pitched her third two-hitter of the tournament in as many games.
Freshman third baseman Camryn Parker and Alex Robertson led off the third with back-to-back singles and Bekah Johnson followed with an RBI double. Then with two outs Temple committed three straight errors for a 4-1 lead and Pascal Ellison came in on a passed ball.
Two innings later the Redskins sent everyone home early with five runs in the fifth to close it out. Johnson and Parker had two RBI each while Liz Harvey, Ellison and Presly Carlucci each had an RBI.