Eagles' quest for 3-peat on track

Sumiton Christian routs regional competition

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 5/13/17

TROY — Another hurdle for the Sumiton Christian Eagles’ bid for a third-straight state title has been cleared — and another championship plaque was earned on Saturday to add to an already historic season.

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Eagles' quest for 3-peat on track

Sumiton Christian routs regional competition

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TROY — Another hurdle for the Sumiton Christian Eagles’ bid for a third-straight state title has been cleared — and another championship plaque was earned on Saturday to add to an already historic season.

The Eagles capped off an impressive campaign in the South-Central Regional Tournament on Saturday with a 10-0, five-inning victory over the Ragland Purple Devils — completing a three-game sweep of their tournament competition by a combined score of 34-0.

All-star performances for Sumiton Christian during the tournament were plentiful. Kamree Lay gave up one hit, two walks and struck out 39 batters through all three shutout contests. Kendall Beth Sides hit three home runs including a grand slam, while Jenna Ergle sent two hits over the fence.

“It’s really big for our program to have these girls and especially our five seniors to earn the region title and the opportunity to play for a third-consecutive state title,” Sumiton Christian head coach Jessica Aderholt said. “Our five seniors have been so important to our program for such a long time, they’ve been with us since they were in seventh grade. They’ve worked really hard. All of our girls are playing as a team right now and hitting the ball really well.”

Seniors on this year’s team are Sides, Ergle, Lay, Savanah Langston and Abbey Bice.

As the South Central Regional champion and top qualifier, the Eagles will open the Class 1A State Softball Tournament against the North- Central Regional second qualifier, the Marion County Red Raiders, on Thursday at 12 p.m. at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

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Sumiton Christian 10, Ragland 0

(5 innings)

Sides hit a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to clinch a 10-0 victory over Ragland and secure both the region title and top qualifier spot.

Lay pitched five innings in the shutout win, giving up a hit and striking out 13 batters.

At the plate, Savanah Langston went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases, Sides was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, four RBIs, a home run and two stolen bases, Amber Hayes went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base, Abbey Bice was 1 for 2 with a run scored, Anna Kate Tyree had a double, Angel Whitlow had a double with two runs scored, Lay and Ergle each recorded a hit and Taylor Whisonant recorded and RBI.

Langston began the Eagles’ scoring in the bottom of the first inning when she crossed the plate on a passed ball, 1-0.

Whitlow scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second inning, followed by a sacrifice RBI by Sides and a one-run single by Langston for a 4-0 advantage.

Sumiton Christian added a run in the bottom of the third inning when Bice scored on a passed ball, 5-0. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Langston hit an RBI single and Whisonant drove-in a run on a sacrifice hit for a 7-0 lead. Sides’ three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning secured the 10-0 win.

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Sumiton Christian 14, Maplesville 0

(5 innings)

Despite a lengthy weather delay on Friday, the Eagles remained in top form with a 14-0 win over Maplesville to advance to the championship final.

Lay gave up two walks in five no-hit innings, striking out 14 batters.

Offensively, Ergle went 2 for 2 with three runs scored, four RBIs and two home runs, Bice was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double, Langston went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Tyree was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Whisonant went 1 for 3 with a run scored, three RBIs and a home run, Sides was 1 for 3 with two runs scored, three RBIs, a home run and a stolen base, Whitlow went 1 for 3 with two runs scored and a double, Hayes had two runs scored and two stolen bases and Lay recorded an RBI.

Ergle hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 Sumiton Christian edge.

In the top of the second inning, Lay had a sacrifice RBI and Whitlow scored on an error to give the Eagles’ a 3-0 advantage.

Sumiton Christian drove in 11 runs in the top of the fourth inning, with Hayes scoring on a bases loaded walk, Sides scoring on a passed ball and later hitting a three-run home run, an RBI double by Tyree, a three-run home run by Whisonant and a two-run home run by Ergle for the 14-0 victory.