Prep Softball: Sumiton Christian wins ranked battle over Cordova

Eagles' Sides, Langston combine for nine hits

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 3/16/17

CORDOVA — The top-ranked Sumiton Christian Eagles’ bats were on fire Thursday, recording 15 hits in a 9-3 road win over the Cordova Blue Devils.

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Prep Softball: Sumiton Christian wins ranked battle over Cordova

Eagles' Sides, Langston combine for nine hits

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CORDOVA — The top-ranked Sumiton Christian Eagles’ bats were on fire Thursday, recording 15 hits in a 9-3 road win over the Cordova Blue Devils.

Kendall Beth Sides led the Eagles offense, going a perfect 5 for 5 with four runs scored, two doubles, three RBIs, a stolen base and a home run. Savanah Langston followed with a 4 for 5 performance, with three doubles and a run scored. Anna Kate Tyree was 2 for 4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, Jenna Ergle had a two-run home run, Abbey Bice had a two-run hit, Zana Aderholt recorded a hit with a run scored and Kamree Lay had a hit.

Lay picked up the win for Sumiton Christian (8-2), giving up four hits, three runs and four walks, while striking out 15 batters in seven innings.

At the plate for the Blue Devils, Emma Hyche went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Baleigh Robertson had a three-run home run and Grayson Kilpatrick recorded a hit and a run scored.

Raven Clark pitched seven innings in the loss for Cordova (11-3-1).

The Eagles, who debuted as the No. 1 team in Class 1A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll released on Wednesday, started the scoring in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run from Ergle for the 2-0 advantage.

In the top of the third inning, Bice drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and Tyree had an RBI double to push Sumiton Christian further ahead, 4-0.

Sides added to the Eagles’ lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run home run, making the score 6-0.

Tyree crossed the plate on a passed ball in the top of the fifth, followed by another sacrifice RBI by Bice in the top of the sixth for the 8-0 lead.

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run home run by Robertson to pull within five, 8-3.

Sides drove in the final run of the game in the top of the seventh for the 9-3 victory.

The Eagles and Blue Devils compete in the Gulf Shores Classic Tournament beginning on Monday.

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Carbon Hill 6, Oakman 2

Carbon Hill put Oakman away with a three-run sixth en route to a 6-2 home victory over the Wildcats on Thursday.

The Bulldogs led 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. Abby Martin had the big hit in the inning, a two-out, two-run triple.

For Carbon Hill, Molly Kate Atkins was 2 for 2 with a double and a triple and two runs, Santana Clark was 2 for 2 with a run and three RBIs, Abby Martin was 2 for 3 with a triple, a run and an RBI, Karlie Ratliff was 1 for 3 with a stolen base, Makindle McGough was 1 for 3 with a run, Alayna Ivie was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Allie Mitchell scored a run.

Ratliff got the win, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out two in seven innings.

For Oakman, Kylie Bolton was 2 for 2, Chante Williams was 1 for 2 with a double and two runs and Sam Kelley was 1 for 3.

Peyton Willcutt took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits while striking out three in six innings.

Carbon Hill (8-4) plays in the Times Daily Classic today and Saturday in Florence.

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Walker 16, Carver 0

Skyler Birdyshaw threw a three-inning no-hitter as Walker earned its first win at its new softball field on Thursday, blanking Class 6A, Area 11 foe Carver 16-0.

For Walker, Lilli Ergle, Ashley Brimer and Mattie Hice each had hits.

The Vikings (5-2-1) open play in the Oxford Spring Sting Tournament at 4:30 p.m. today against Ohatchee. Walker also plays North Jackson at 6 p.m. today and Moody at 9 a.m. on Saturday.