Commerce Softball Caps Historic Season with Loss In Finals
The Lady Tigers knew from long before the first pitch of the 2020 season that they’d be playing for a state title. That was the goal, and it was brought to fruition when the playoffs finally began.
Commerce, ranked at one point #2 in the state in Class 1A Public, earned that distinction. The Lady Tigers finished the regular season as region champions for the fourth straight season. The girls rolled through the first round, winning two games to non over Chattahoochee County at home by scores of 11-0 and 18-0.
In the Sweet 16, Trion came to town and wound up victims as well, as the Lady Tigers won again in two games 8-0 and 12-5 to advance to the quarterfinals (Elite 8) for the second straight season. This proved a little more difficult, as Commerce split with Lanier County 0-5 and 10-2 on the road in the first day of the best-of-three. Backs against the wall, Commerce won game three 10-3 to advance to the Final 4 for the second straight season.
After finishing last year third in the state tournament, Commerce was determined to get to the title game this time around. The girls opened with a 13-5 win over Bryan County, but then fell to eventual state champions Gordon Lee, 12-9. That sent Commerce to the loser’s bracket, where they again beat Bryan County 6-3 to reach the 1A title game against Gordon Lee. The Lady Tigers would have had to beat them twice to win it all, and fell 8-2 in the championship game.
The Lady Tigers closed the season at 23-13-1 overall, and have won 88 games since the 2017 season, making state all four of those years and getting past the first round, including these last two trips to Columbus.