State Softball Tournament: Sumiton Christian titles hopes take a hit

Eagles drop second game to Pleasant Home

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 5/18/17

MONTGOMERY — The Sumiton Christian Eagles opened the Class 1A portion of the AHSAA State Tournament with a 1-1 mark, beating Marion County before falling to Pleasant Home.

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State Softball Tournament: Sumiton Christian titles hopes take a hit

Eagles drop second game to Pleasant Home

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MONTGOMERY — The Sumiton Christian Eagles opened the Class 1A portion of the AHSAA State Tournament with a 1-1 mark, beating Marion County before falling to Pleasant Home.

The Eagles will begin play in the alternate bracket against Ragland at 9 a.m. at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.

No. 2 Sumiton Christian (52-9) will have to win five consecutive games today to capture their third straight state championship.

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Sumiton Christian 11, Marion County 1

(5 innings)

The Eagles cruised through the opening round with an 11-1, five inning victory over the Marion County Red Raiders.

Kamree Lay pitched three no-hit innings in the win, giving up a walk while striking out eight batters. Anna Calloway pitched the final two innings, giving up a hit, a run, two walks and striking out two batters.

At the plate, Jenna Ergle went 2 for 2 with three runs scored, five RBIs and two home runs, Savanah Langston was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, Taylor Whisonant went 2 for 3 with a run scored, Lay was 2 for 2 with a run scored, a double and four RBIs, Kendall Beth Sides went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two stolen bases, Abbey Bice scored two runs and Angel Whitlow scored a run with two RBIs.

Sumiton Christian drove in six runs in the bottom of the first inning, with Ergle hitting a three-run home run, a two-run double by Lay and Whisonant scoring on an error for a 6-0 advantage.

Ergle scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning and Lay hit a two-run single to give the Eagles the 9-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Ergle hit her second home run of the game, a two-run shot to keep Sumiton Christian in command, 11-0.

Marion County scored a run in the top of the fifth inning for the 11-1 final.

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Pleasant Home 6, Sumiton Christian 5

Sumiton Christian dropped its first game of the tournament with a 6-5 loss to Pleasant Home.

Lay pitched the first four and one-third innings, giving up five hits, two runs, four walks and recording 10 strikeouts. Calloway pitched two and two-third innings, giving up five hits, four runs, three walks and striking out two batters.

Offensively, Sides went 3 for 4 with a run scored, a double, four RBIs, a home run and two stolen bases, Ergle was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Langston had a hit with a run scored, a double and a stolen base, Amber Hayes recorded a double with a run scored, Anna Kate Tyree and Whitlow both had a hit and a run scored and Whisonant recorded a hit.

Sumiton Christian got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double by Ergle for a 1-0 edge.

Sides hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to push Sumiton Christian further ahead, 4-0.

Pleasant Home scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning and one in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.

Sumiton Christian tied the game on an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning, 5-5, but a score by Pleasant Home in the top of the seventh led to the 6-5 final.