TROY — The Sumiton Christian Eagles broke a 1-1 sixth-inning tie on Friday with three critical runs to clinch a 4-1 win over the Isabella Mustangs, giving the program its second-consecutive South …
TROY — The Sumiton Christian Eagles broke a 1-1 sixth-inning tie on Friday with three critical runs to clinch a 4-1 win over the Isabella Mustangs, giving the program its second-consecutive South Central Region championship and top seeding in next week's AHSAA State Tournament.
Alexus Lambert pitched the first four and one-third innings, giving up four hits, a run, two walks and struck out two batters. Mak Miller finished the final two and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up a hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
At the plate, Zana Aderholt went a perfect 3 for 3 with a run scored, Amber Hayes was 2 for 3 with run scored and two RBIs, Kaley McCrary went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, a run scored and an RBI, Angel Whitlow had a hit with a run scored and Lexi Jackson recorded a hit.
Hayes scored the first run for the Eagles in the top of the third inning for the 1-0 advantage.
The Mustangs tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, notching the contest at 1-1.
In the top of the sixth inning, Sumiton Christian plated three runs, led by McCrary's solo home run, followed by a two-run single by Hayes.
McCrary hit a home run in each of the three games in the tournament — clutch drives she knew the team needed.
"Each time I got up to the plate before those home runs, I knew I had to step up and help the team," McCrary said. "These past two games — against Maplesville and Isabella — was a reminder that we'll have to fight each and every step of the way to continue to advance. I think it was good for us to have to face the adversity we did — it made us realize no one is going to give us anything easily."
The sixth-inning surge left the Eagles on top, 4-1, a lead they maintained for the conclusion of the game.
Sumiton Christian will open Class 1A, state tournament play on Wednesday at Montgomery's Lagoon Park against Skyline, the North Region's second qualifier.