Sumiton Christian wins Claw Classic title

Lady Eagles rout Vestavia Hills in championship game

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 4/15/17

SUMITON — The Sumiton Christian Eagles clinched the 2017 Claw Classic Tournament championship on Saturday, beating the Vestavia Hills Rebels 9-2 for a perfect 5-0 tournament mark.

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Sumiton Christian wins Claw Classic title

Lady Eagles rout Vestavia Hills in championship game

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SUMITON — The Sumiton Christian Eagles clinched the 2017 Claw Classic Tournament championship on Saturday, beating the Vestavia Hills Rebels 9-2 for a perfect 5-0 tournament mark.

Kamree Lay pitched six innings in the win against the Rebels — the No. 6 team in Class 7A — giving up two runs and five walks while striking out three batters.

The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, took the early lead in the first inning on a sacrifice RBI by Jenna Ergle and a one-run single by Taylor Whisonant for the 2-0 advantage.

The Rebels tied the game at 2-2 after two runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the second inning.

In the top of the third inning, Sumiton Christian regained the lead and never looked back.

Angel Whitlow and Lay both drove in runs on singles and Whitlow stole home to give the Eagles command, 5-2.

Three additional runs crossed the plate for Sumiton Christian in the top of the fourth inning following a two-run double by Ergle and an RBI single by Anna Kate Tyree for the 8-2 edge.

The Eagles’ final score came in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Bice for the 9-2 win.

At the plate, Kendall Beth Sides and Savanah Langston both went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, Bice was 2 for 4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI, Lay went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Whisonant was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI, Ergle went 1 for 3 with a run scored, a double and three RBIs, Tyree had a hit with an RBI and Whitlow recorded a hit with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

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(1) Sumiton Christian 1, (2) Tuscaloosa County 0 (8 innings)

Sumiton Christian earned a spot in the tournament championship game with a 1-0, eight inning victory over No. 7 Tuscaloosa County.

With the international-run rule in effect in the bottom of the eighth inning, Langston drove in Anna Calloway for the 1-0 win.

Lay pitched eight innings in the victory, giving up three hits, two walks and striking out seven batters.

Offensively, Whisonant was 2 for 3, Langston recorded a hit with an RBI, Sides and Ergle each had a hit with a stolen base, Tyree and Whitlow both had a hit and Calloway scored a run.

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(1) Sumiton Christian 4, (8) Carbon Hill 3

Lay pitched six innings in the win, giving up six hits, a walk and striking out five batters.

At the plate, Sides went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases, Langston was 2 for 2 with a run scored and three stolen bases, Whisonant had a hit with two RBIs, Tyree recorded a hit and Ergle had a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

Karlie Ratliff pitched five innings for Carbon Hill, giving up six hits, three walks and striking out one batter.

Offensively, Makindle McGough went 2 for 3 with a double, Ratliff was 2 for 3, Alayna Ivie recorded a hit with a run scored, Katie Moore had a hit with an RBI, Allie Parr recorded an RBI and Molly Kate Atkins and Santana Clark each scored a run.

Whisonant got the Eagles on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run single for the 2-0 advantage.

In the top of the second inning, the Bulldogs took control with Ivie scoring on a passed ball, an RBI single by Moore and a score by Clark on an error, 3-2.

Sumiton Christian tied the game in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice RBI by Ergle, 3-3.

Sides scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning by stealing home plate for the 4-3 victory.

Carbon Hill beat Curry 10-4 in the opening game of the day to advance to the quarterfinals.

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(4) Tuscaloosa County 12, (5) Oakman 0

Peyton Wilcutt pitched the first inning in the loss for Oakman, with Chante Williams pitching the final three innings.

Offensively, Williams went 2 for 2, while Samantha Kelly recorded a hit.

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Saturday’s Scores

Championship

Sumiton Christian 9, Vestavia Hills 2

Semifinals

Sumiton Christian, 1 Tuscaloosa County 0, 8 innings

Vestavia Hills 4, Brookwood 3

Quarterfinals

Sumiton Christian 4, Carbon Hill 3

Vestavia Hills 4, Huntsville 2

Tuscaloosa Co. 12, Oakman 0

Brookwood 4, Cordova 2

First Round

Carbon Hill 10, Curry 4