Powell helps power Rockets in regional title win

Powell helps power Rockets in regional title win

TOLONO — Aimee Davis didn't think any home runs would happen on Saturday.

Especially with the wind blowing in at Unity softball's home diamond.

Jalyn Powell proved her coach wrong. Powell connected for a solo home run with a line drive over the center field fence in the fifth inning, a vital run as the Rockets defeated Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 3-1 to win a Class 2A regional title.

"She's had a lot of success this year and has been a very disciplined hitter," Davis said. "She was really focused in."

So were the rest of Powell's teammates in delivering Unity (26-5) its third regional championship in the last four seasons.

Gracie Renfrow added two hits, while Taylor Henry and Maddie Reed each drove in runs late after both teams played to a scoreless tie through the first four innings before Unity broke through with two important runs in the fifth inning.

Henry thrived in the pitcher's circle, throwing a two-hit complete game and striking out 11.

Alyvia Jackson drove in the lone run for BHRA (16-10) with a single in the seventh inning, but Lexi Hudson had the only other hit for the Blue Devils with a third-inning single.

The win by Unity advanced the Rockets to Tuesday's 4:30 p.m. sectional semifinal game against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (17-7) in Stanford. For a program that has yet to win a sectional title in its history, Saturday's victory was another noteworthy accomplishment.

But Davis and her team want more.

"It doesn't matter how we win," Davis said. "Our motto right now is to just keep playing, someway and somehow."