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About all that Monday's 30th District softball showdown revealed was it should be a close race between Anderson County and Collins.
Of course, most who follow the high school game already knew that and there were few surprises in Collins' 4-2 win in eight innings.
Collins pitcher Jeneca Thomas, a senior, limited Anderson to three hits and struck out five.
But Thomas also walked three and got into a pair of late-inning jams when the Collins defense, committed three errors.
Meanwhile, Collins reached Anderson pitcher Mackenzie Peavler for 11 hits, six for extra bases. Yet Peavler got out of two jams that could have seen Collins turn a close game into a rout.
Collins scored quickly when Lindsey Ketcham led the game off with a triple, then scored on Bailey Rankin's sacrifice fly. Rankin made it 2-0 in the third when she lined a shot over the fence in left center.
But Anderson, which had just two base runners in the first four innings, suddenly began to get to Thomas in the fifth, when the Lady Bearcat speed manufactured two runs. With Marissa Walker, running for Kelsey New, on second base, Molly Burkhead reached on an error, scoring Walker. After Burkhead stole second, Anna-Marie Hyatt singled to drive in the tying run.
Two innings later, Anderson had runners on first and second with one out, but Hyatt popped out and Bailey Curry was retired on a sharply-hit ground ball.
Collins scored in the eighth, which was played under the international tie-breaker rule. Sara Chambers, who had three hits on the night, smacked a double to score runner Sam Veal. Chambers eventually scored on Mouser's single.
The teams are scheduled to play at Collins on April 30 and will be heavily-favored to meet again in the 30th District final. Collins, which has the upper hand for the top seed in the district , improved to 7-8, while Anderson fell to 7-7.