Prep Softball: Top-notch competition converges in Claw Classic

Sumiton Christian goes 2-2 in day 1 of tourney

By W. BRIAN HALE and JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports
Posted 4/14/18

SUMITON — Gardendale showed why its the No. 1 team in Class 6A, blowing through the Claw Classic at Sumiton Christian with a perfect 3-0 record — taking down two ranked Class 7A teams along the way.

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Prep Softball: Top-notch competition converges in Claw Classic

Sumiton Christian goes 2-2 in day 1 of tourney

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SUMITON — Gardendale showed why its the No. 1 team in Class 6A, blowing through day 1 the Claw Classic at Sumiton Christian with a perfect 3-0 record — taking down two ranked Class 7A teams along the way.

The nine-team tournament will conclude today.

The Rockets (34-2) won their three games by a combined score of 23-5. Gardendale defeated Tuscaloosa County (9-0), No. 8 (7A) Oak Mountain (8-4) and No. 6 (7A) Hewitt-Trussville (6-1).

Four local teams are in the field. Sumiton Christian went 2-2 while Corner, Carbon Hill and Cordova each went 1-2. Hewitt-Trussville, Oak Mountain and Tuscaloosa County each finished 2-1 while Minor was 0-3.

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Sumiton Christian 2, Corner 1

Angel Whitlow drove in Anna Calloway for the game-winning score in the Sumiton Christian Eagles’ 2-1 win over the Corner Yellow Jackets in the tournament opener.

In the circle, Calloway picked up the victory for the Eagles, giving up three hits, two walks, a run and striking out eight batters in six innings.

Offensively for Sumiton Christian — ranked No. 4 in Class 1A — Amber Hayes went 2 for 3 with a run scored, Calloway recorded a hit with a run scored, Taylor Whisonant had an RBI double, Whitlow recorded a hit with an RBI and Kaley McCarary and AK Tyree both had a hit.

Anna Hinkle pitched five and one-third innings for Corner, giving up seven hits, two runs, a walk and striking out two batters.

At the plate for the Yellow Jackets — ranked No. 9 in Class 5A — Gracie Ashley went 1 for 3 with a run scored, Brantly Bonds had a hit with an RBI and Lauren Higginbotham recorded a hit.

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Oak Mountain 6,

Sumiton Christian 5

Oak Mountain rallied from a 5-1, fifth-inning deficit to beat the Sumiton Christian Eagles in the tournament’s second game.

Mak Miller pitched the first five innings in the loss, while Calloway came in for relief in the final inning, recording one strikeout.

At the plate, Hayes went 1 for 3 with a double and two runs scored, Whitlow had a hit with a run scored and an RBI, Zana Aderholt and Whisonant both recorded a hit with an RBI and Tyree and Calloway each had a hit with a run scored

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Tuscaloosa County 6,

Sumiton Christian 0

Calloway pitched three and one-third innings in the loss for the Eagles, giving up three hits, three earned runs, two walks and striking out three batters. Ali Hollis pitched one and two-thirds innings in relief, giving up three hits, a walk, a run and striking out one batter.

Calloway went 1 for 2 at the plate.

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Sumiton Christian 6,

Carbon Hill 2

Mak Miller got the victory for the Sumiton Christan Eagles, giving up seven hits, two runs, fours walks and striking out four batters in six innings.

Offensively, Calloway went 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, Miller was 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, Whisonant had a triple with a run scored, Hayes and McCrary each recorded a hit with an RBI, Whitlow had an RBI with a run scored and Sarah Hadder scored a run.

For Carbon Hill, Santana Clark gave up seven hits and two walks, while striking out four batters in five innings. At the plate, Abby Martin went 2 for 3 with a double with a run scored, Makindle McGough and Allie Parr both had a hit with an RBI, Alleigh Keeton recorded a hit with a run scored and Alayna Ivie and Sarah Stovall each had a hit.

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Oak Mountain 3, Corner 1

Ivey Hill pitched six innings in the loss for Corner, giving up six hits, three runs and three walks, while striking out two batters.

Offensively, Jiselle Woodson was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI, Lauren Dill recorded a double, Abby Schenck, Cailey Parker and Anna Hinkle each had a hit and Jaden Goodwin scored a run.

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Corner 4, Cordova 2

Corner scored four runs in the first inning and made the lead stand, beating Cordova 4-2 in Friday’s final game at Cordova High School.

For Corner, Ivey Hill earned the win in the circle, allowing two earned runs on one hit and five walks while striking out two batters in four innings. Cailey Parker went the final inning. At the plate, Jaden Goodwin was 2 for 2 with a run, Hill was 1 for 1 with a run and two RBIs while both Ashley and Bonds scored runs.

For Cordova, Raven Clark took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks while striking out three in four innings.

Mary Grayson Kilpatrick was 1 for 2, Meagan Hicks scored a run and had an RBI and Anna Key scored a run.

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Hewitt Trussville 4,

Cordova 2

Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the third inning and held on for the 4-2 win.

For Cordova, Kaitlin Herron was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Emma Hyche was 1 for 3 with a run Kailey Johnson was1 for 2 with an RBI while Abby Sargent, Mary Grayson Kilpatrick and Meagan Hicks added hits. Raven Clark took the loss, allowing one earned run while striking out one in five innings.

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Tuscaloosa County 3,

Carbon Hill 2

Tuscaloosa County belted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 3-2 victory over Carbon Hill in the Bulldogs’ first game of the tournament.

Carbon Hill led 2-1 after five innings, but allowed single runs in the sixth and seventh as the Wildcats rallied for the victory.

Sarah Stovall was the hard-luck loser, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two in seven innings.

At the plate, Adison Alexander was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Abby Martin was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Karlie Ratliff was 1 for 3 with a run, Santana Clark was 1 for 4 with a run and Allie Parr was 1 for 3.

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Carbon Hill 18, Minor 2,

All nine Carbon Hill starters contributed in an 18-2, five-inning win over Minor in the Bulldogs’ second game of the day.

Makindle McGough had a big game at the plate, belting a grand slam and a double. She finished 3 for 3 with three runs and four RBIs, Alayna Ivie was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBIs, Abby Martin was 2 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, Ratliff was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, Allie Parr was 1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs, both Alexander and Alleigh Keeton finished 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Clark was 1 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBIs and Ally Martin was 1 for 1 with two runs and an RBI.

Ratliff earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.