Prep Softball: Carbon Hill wins game, coin toss to claim area title

Jasper sweeps Jackson-Olin

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY AND W. BRIAN HALE Eagle Sports
Posted 4/12/18

CARBON HILL — Sarah Stovall, Alleigh Keeton and Karlie Ratliff came through with clutch two-out hits leading Carbon Hill to an 11-4 home win over Oakman Thursday evening.Following the victory on …

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Prep Softball: Carbon Hill wins game, coin toss to claim area title

Jasper sweeps Jackson-Olin

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CARBON HILL — Sarah Stovall, Alleigh Keeton and Karlie Ratliff came through with clutch two-out hits leading Carbon Hill to an 11-4 home win over Oakman Thursday evening.

Following the victory on the field, Carbon Hill won the area-deciding coin toss, meaning the Bulldogs will host the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament later this month. Both teams tied with 5-1 area records.

In the game, Carbon Hill trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Makindle McGough and Abby Martin opened the frame with singles. 

After two outs were recorded, Carbon Hill went to work.

Stovall hit a single to left field to drive in both McGough and Martin, tying the score at 3-3. After a walk and a single loaded the bases, Keeton roped a single to center field, driving in both Martin and Alayna Ivie. 

Ratliff followed with a line drive to the pitcher, scoring Santana Clark. Keeton scored on a throwing error putting the Bulldogs up 7-3.

The Bulldogs added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

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

At the plate, Abby Martin was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and three runs, Stovall was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, McGough was 2 for 4 with two runs, Allie Parr was 1 for 3 with three RBIs, Ratliff was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Keeton was 1 for 4 with one run and two RBIs.

For Oakman, Kylie Bolton belted a home run, finishing 1 for 2, Heather Thompson was 2 for 2 with two runs, Samantha Kelly was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Alaisha Hubbard was 1 for 4 with a run and both Iyana Canada and Katelyn Makemson had hits and stole a base.

Carbon Hill (19-12) will play in the Claw Tournament today in Sumiton. 

The Bulldogs face Tuscaloosa County at the Bevill State softball field at 1 p.m. and they follow with a game against Minor at 2:30 p.m. and a game against Sumiton Christian at 7 p.m. 

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Jasper wins pair over Jackson-Olin

The Jasper Vikings moved their area record to a perfect 6-0 on the season thanks to a pair of 16-0 wins over the Jackson-Olin Mustangs on Thursday at Jasper.

In game one, Lakelyn Turnbow got the win, giving up a walk while striking out seven batters in three no-hit innings.

Top offensive performers were Blake Burton at 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Maylen Sargent with a two-run double and two runs scored, Iyana Ivory with a hit, an RBI and two runs scored and Nicole Honeycutt with a hit and an RBI.

The Vikings (13-7)  scored eight runs in both the first and second innings.

In game two, Turnbow gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out two batters in three shutout innings.

Top offensive performers were Mattie Hice at 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, Temperance Chatman had a three-run inside the park homerun with a run scored, Ivory hit a grandslam homerun, Burton had a three-run double, Turnbow had a hit with two RBIs and a run scored and Consondria Clay recorded a hit.

Jasper collected all 16 of its runs in the first inning.

The Vikings, which secured the hosting rights for the area tournament, face the Gardendale Rockets on Tuesday.

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Corner 4, Pinson Valley 2

Ivey Hill got the win for the Yellow Jackets, giving up one earned run, five hits and striking out five batters in seven innings.

At the plate for Corner, Hill went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, Lauren Dill, Lauren Higginbotham and Brantley Bonds all were 1 for 3 with  a run scored and Jaden Goodwin had a hit with a run scored.

Corner competes in the Claw Tournament at Sumiton Christian today, facing the Eagles at 1 p.m.