Another area title for Sumiton Christian
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian shortstop Kendell Hamm throws to first base for an out during the Eagles 5-3 area win over No. 2 Parrish on Monday. The win gave Sumiton Christian the Class 1A, Area 10 regular-season crown. The Eagles will host the area tournament next week. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian shortstop Kendell Hamm throws to first base for an out during the Eagles 5-3 area win over No. 2 Parrish on Monday. The win gave Sumiton Christian the Class 1A, Area 10 regular-season crown. The Eagles will host the area tournament next week. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — One error opened the door for Sumiton Christian on Monday.

The Eagles took full advantage, scoring five times in the third inning to knock off No. 2-ranked Parrish 5-3 and win the Class 1A, Area 10 regular-season title.

Fifth-ranked Sumiton Christian has now won five straight area championships.

A week ago, the Eagles seemed destined for a second-place finish. However, Sumiton Christian rallied from an early deficit to beat Parrish last Wednesday and followed suit with another victory over the Tornadoes on Monday.

“This puts us in a better spot in the bracket,” Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt said. “We didn’t want to open up against Lynn.”

Instead, Parrish will face Lynn in the first-round of the double-elimination area tournament next Wednesday.

On Monday, the Tornadoes got strong pitching from Grayson Culverson, who allowed six hits and four walks while striking out seven batters.

Three of Sumiton Christian’s hits came in the pivotal third inning.

Savannah Langston reached on an error to lead off the inning and Savannah Deluca got on base following a strikeout, giving the Eagles a pair of runners with one out.

Kendall Beth Sides followed with an RBI single. After a Kendell Hamm infield single loaded the bases, Jenna Ergle walked to give Sumiton Christian a 2-1 lead. Katlyn Sides’ sacrifice fly made the score 3-1. Kirsten Click had the key hit in the inning, a two-out, two-run single that scored Hamm and Ergle for a 5-1 lead.

Parrish scored its final two runs in the fourth inning, but got no closer.

For the Eagles, Kendall Beth Sides got the win. She allowed five hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Offensively, Kendall Beth Sides was 3 for 4 with a stolen base, a run and an RBI, Ergle was 1 for 2 with a stolen base and a run, Click was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Langston was 1 for 3.

Parrish’s Savannah Jones was 2 for 4. Jamie Beth Hocutt, Culverson and Makenze Morgan each had hits.

The Tornadoes, who finished as the Walker County Tournament runner up on Saturday, played the game without three starters, who are out with injury. Mary Jo Sanford, Makayla Manuel and Kiera Thomas each got their first start for the Tornadoes.

“My girls played hard. We thought we still had enough to win, but the plays and the calls didn’t go our way,” Parrish coach Chris Harris said. “We didn’t do enough to win. Sumiton Christian did.”

Parrish has cancelled its game against Curry set for today. The Tornadoes will host Addison at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for Senior Day. Culverson, Taylor Winchester and Savanna Jones are seniors on the squad.

Sumiton Christian (22-19) hosts Dora at 4 p.m. today for Senior Day Haley Weigent is the lone senior on the Eagles’ team this season.