ALBANY — Hits weren't all that hard to come by for the Ashland softball team Monday, but runs scored were another thing in the first round of the Class 5A play-in games.

ALBANY — Hits weren't all that hard to come by for the Ashland softball team Monday, but runs scored were another thing in the first round of the Class 5A play-in games.

The visiting Grizzlies outhit South Albany 11-9 but failed to capitalize against the Rebels, who had no such trouble in garnering a 12-5 victory.

Ashland (11-14) stranded nine runners on base to thwart any chance it had on putting pressure on a South Albany team that won its fourth straight game to improve to 5-18 on the season.

"We had runners on almost every inning and just left them stranded," said Ashland coach Cheri Kuykendall. "We put the ball in play a lot, it just wasn't dropping in when we needed it to."

Nicole Lehman and Kylie Howson each went 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Grizzlies, while Piper Cantrell was 2-for-4 with one run scored and Rose Marston 1-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.

South Albany used a four-run second inning to gain an early edge, then tacked on four more runs in the fourth to build a 9-2 cushion. Melissa Dodd blasted a home run for the Rebels, while Ashley Waite struck out two to earn the win.

Ashland 002 021 0 — 5 11 3

South Albany 041 430 x — 12 9 1

Williams, Cantrell (3), Lehman (4) and Scott; Waite and Dodd. W — Waite. L — Williams. 2B — A: Lehman; SA: Edmiston. HR — SA: Dodd.