Jasper stays alive in T-Town

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/11/18

TUSCALOOSA — Jasper found itself in a must-win situation early on Thursday and the Vikings made their way through the next two opponents to stay alive at the North Central Regional in …

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Jasper stays alive in T-Town

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TUSCALOOSA — Jasper found itself in a must-win situation early on Thursday and the Vikings made their way through the next two opponents to stay alive at the North Central Regional in Tuscaloosa.

Jasper needs to win its next two games today to punch a ticket to the State Tournament in Montgomery.

On Thursday, the Vikings fell to Hueytown 6-3 in the opener. In the elimination bracket, Jasper knocked off Shades Valley 13-3 and fought back from a 6-2 deficit to beat John Carroll 8-7 in the nightcap.

Jasper gets at rematch with Hueytown at 10:30 a.m. today at Bowers Park. The winner advances to play the loser of the Gardendale-Pinson Valley game at 3 p.m. for the regional’s No. 2 qualifier spot.

Pinson Valley plays Gardendale at 10:30 a.m. for the No. 1 qualifier position.

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Jasper 8, John Carroll 7

Jasper got three clutch hits in the bottom of the sixth to rally past John Carroll and keep the season alive on Thursday night.

Abby Trotter tied the game with an RBI triple that scored Shanna Sexton, and Skylar Birdyshaw followed with a one-out double to drive in Trotter for the go-ahead run. 

With the tying run on first base in the top of the seventh, Jasper turned a double play to end the game. 

The Cavaliers led 6-0 going into the bottom of the third when Jasper got on the scoreboard with two runs.  The Vikings scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to notch the score at 6-6. John Carroll struck for a run in the top of the fifth to take its final lead.

Blake Burton went 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs for Jasper, Sexton was 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Birdyshaw was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBIs, Trotter was 1 for 4 with a triple, three runs and an RBI and Iyana Ivory was 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Birdyshaw got the win, allowing seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits and three walks while striking out four in seven innings. 

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Jasper 13, Shades Valley 3

After its opening loss, Jasper bounced back with a 13-3, five-inning win over Shades Valley. 

The Vikings scored three runs in each of the first three innings, building a 9-1 lead. 

Ivory had a big game at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a double, triple and home run along with three runs scored and five RBIs.

Abby Trotter was 2 for 3 with a stolen base, two runs and two RBIs, Skylar Birdyshaw was 1 for 2 with two stolen bases, two runs and an RBI. Mattie Hice was 1 for 1 with a run and three RBIs, Maylen Sargent scored two runs, Ashton Prescott had an RBI while Diamond Hightower, Tryneti Chatman and Blake Burton scored runs.

Birdyshaw picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four in three innings.Sexton pitched the final two innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out three.

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Addison one win away from state

Addison dominated its first two regional games and enters today one win away from the State Softball Tournament.

The Bulldogs defeated Cedar Bluff 14-1 and followed with an 11-1 rout of Appalachian. Addison plays South Lamar at 10:30 a.m. today with the winner taking home the No. 1 qualifier spot. 

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Addison 14,  Cedar Bluff 1

Addison blasted Cedar Bluff 14-1 in the opener.

The Bulldogs sent 12 girls to the plate in the first inning, scoring nine runs. The first seven batters reached for Addison.

Cecilee Gaither had a three-run inside-the-park home run in the inning. 

Anna Grace Luker earned the win in the circle, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings.

At the plate, Gaither was 2 for 2 with a three, a home run, three runs and four RBIs, Destiny Walker was 2 for 2 with three runs, Abbie Chambless was 2 for 3 with a triple, two runs and four RBIs, Luker was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Madison Aderholt was 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, Laken Tyree was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Kendra Tyree was 1 for 3, Macey Butler scored two runs and Lydia Lynn scored a run.

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Addison 11,  Appalachian 1

Addison scored three runs in the second inning and eight in the fourth en route to a five-inning, 11-1 win over Appalachian.

Gaither was 3 for 3 with two runs and four RBIs, Walker was 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI, Chambless was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Luker was 2 for 2 with a run, both Tyree and Lexie Cunningham were 2 for 3 with an RBI and Butler was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Luker got the win, allowing one run on four hits while striking out one batter in five innings.