Curry wins Walker County softball title
by W. Brian Hale
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Curry players, from left, Taylor Black, Shannon Rowe, Jordan McPherson, Ashlee Swindle and Shauna Rowe meet in the pitcher’s circle between innings. Curry won its second straight Walker County softball title on Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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DORA — Curry was the top seed going into the Walker County Softball Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets showed why on Saturday.

Curry didn’t allow a run on the day en route to its second straight county crown.

Curry won the championship game 1-0 over Parrish by forfeit after the Tornadoes’ catcher suffered an injury leaving them with just eight players able to compete.

The Yellow Jackets pushed across one run in the first inning when Shauna Rowe drove in Shannon Rowe with an infield single.

Ashlee Swindle struck out five of the six Parrish batters she faced before the game was called.

Curry outscored its opponents 15-0 in just 16 innings of play.

The Yellow Jackets — who got a first-round bye — went a perfect 3-0 in the tournament behind pitchers Swindle and Holli McGinnis. Swindle earned a pair of wins over the Tornadoes and McGinnis picked up the win in a 6-0 victory over Carbon Hill on Saturday morning.

Parrish battled its way through the loser’s bracket for a second-place finish. The Tornadoes, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, defeated Oakman and Cordova before meeting Curry in the winner’s bracket final.

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WINNERS BRACKET

First Round games

(4) Carbon Hill Bulldogs defeated (5) Dora Bulldogs 5-0.

(3) Parrish Tornadoes defeated (6) Oakman Wildcats 10-1

Second Round Games

(1) Curry 9, (4) Carbon Hill 0

After receiving a first-round bye, the Curry Yellow Jackets charged through the second round with a bang with a 9-0 shutout win over the Carbon Hill Bulldogs.

Holli McGinnis got the win for the Yellow Jackets, giving up no runs, six hits, one walk and striking out six batters in six innings.

At the plate, Taylor Black led Curry by going 2 for 2 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Taylor Rowe also went a perfect 2 for 2 for the game, with two runs scored.

Both Haleigh Lane and Shauna Rowe were 2 for 3 with a run scored, with Lane also recording an RBI. Ella Banks went 1 for 1 with a run scored, McGinnis was 1 for 2 with a run scored and two RBIs and Jordan McPherson was 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Ansley Madison pitched five innings in the loss for Carbon Hill, giving up nine runs, 12 hits, four walks and struck out four batters. Offensively, Korey Tidwell went 2 for 2 to lead the Bulldogs, while Jessica Hurst and Madison both 1 for 2. Caroline Dodd and Mary-Katherine Moore both went 1 for 3.

(3) Parrish 5, (2) Cordova 4

Cordova opened the tournament with a 5-4 loss to the Parrish Tornadoes following a first-round bye.

Grayson Culverson picked up the victory for the Tornadoes, giving up five hits, four runs, two walks and striking out five batters in six innings. At the plate, Culverson and Makenze Morgan led Parrish by going 2 for 2, with Morgan scoring a run. Savannah Jones was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two stolen bases, while Jamie Beth Hocutt also went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Nina Tucker was 1 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Danielle Honeycutt gave up seven hits, five runs and a walk in the loss for Cordova. At the plate, Hannah McLemore led the Blue Devils, going 1 for 2 with two RBIs, while Raigan Sherer was 1 for 2.

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LOSERS BRACKET

First Round Games

(4) Carbon Hill 7, (6) Oakman 2

Tessa Ivey got the win for Carbon Hill, pitching six innings with five hits, two runs and three strikeouts. At the plate, Caroline Dodd was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Korey Tidwell was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Ivey went 2 for 3.

Autumn Custred pitched six innings in the loss for Oakman, giving up seven runs, eight hits and recording one strikeout. Jordan Harbinson led the Wildcats by going 2 for 2 with a run scored on offense, while Makenze Lay went 2 for 3.

(2) Cordova 4, (5) Dora 3

Danielle Honeycutt gave up three runs, six hits and three walks while striking out three batters in six innings in the win for the Blue Devils. At the plate, Hannah McLemore and Raigan Sherer were 2 for 3 with an RBI.

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WINNERS BRACKET

Third Round Game

(1) Curry 5, (3) Parrish 0

The Curry Yellow Jackets locked up a spot in the championship game with a 5-0 shutout victory over the Parrish Tornadoes.

Ashlee Swindle gave up only two hits on the mound in the victory for Curry, while also recording six strikeouts. At the plate, Shannon Rowe went a perfect 3 for 3 with two runs scored, four stolen bases and an RBI to lead the Yellow Jackets. Taylor Black was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Gabby Englebert was 1 for 3 with a run scored and Swindle went 1 for 3.

Grayson Culverson gave up five hits, five runs and three walks in six innings in the loss for Parrish.

Culverson and Nina Tucker went 1 for 2 to lead the Tornadoes’ offense.

Curry got on the scoreboard in the first innings when Shannon Rowe drove in Shauna Rowe on a sacrifice RBI to take the 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, Black scored on an error, followed by a score by Haleigh Lane to allow Curry to extend the lead to 3-0.

Shauna Rowe drove in Englebert at the bottom of the fourth inning for Curry’s next score, then reached home plate on an error for the 5-0 win.

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LOSERS BRACKET

Round two game

(4) Carbon Hill 4, (2) Cordova 1

Ansley Madison gave up one run, eight hits and struck out six batters in six innings in the win for Carbon Hill.

Korey Tidwell and Meagan Bice led the Bulldogs’ offense by going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI each.

Raigan Sherer and Hannah McLemore went 1 for 3 to lead Cordova.

Round three game

(3) Parrish 8, (4) Carbon Hill 2

Grayson Culverson struck out three batters, while giving up three hits, two runs and a walk in five innings in the win for Parrish.

At the plate, Maleah Smith went a perfect 3 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs to lead Parrish, with Nina Tucker going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

Culverson went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jamie Beth Hocutt was 1 for 3 with an RBI and three stolen bases.

Tessa Ivey gave up ten hits, eight runs and four walks with two strikeouts in four innings in the loss for Carbon Hill.

Caroline Dodd led the Bulldogs’ offense by going 1 for 2 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base, while Meagan Bice was 1 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base. Korey Tidwell was 1 for 2 with an RBI.