Walker softball team opens new field

Gardendale tops Lady Vikings 6-1

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/14/17

Walker’s softball team didn’t get the result it wanted on Tuesday evening, but that didn’t take away from the overall excitement for coach Brandi Hall and crew as they opened their softball field at the new Jasper High School.

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Walker softball team opens new field

Gardendale tops Lady Vikings 6-1

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Walker’s softball team didn’t get the result it wanted on Tuesday evening, but that didn’t take away from the overall excitement for coach Brandi Hall and crew as they opened their softball field at the new Jasper High School.

The pre-game ceremony included a ribbon-cutting by Wanda Gilliland of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the presenting of colors by the Walker ROTC as well a performance by the Walker High School pep band.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere. It was great to have everybody come out. It was just one of those surreal moments,” Walker softball coach Brandi Hall said. “Having the band, Wanda Gilliland there, and the mayor, the principal, Dr. (Ann) Jackson and all the board members. It was incredible.”

Hall said the response to the new field was overwhelming.

“They almost couldn’t believe that we have that nice of a place. Even (Gardendale’s) coach said he never could have imagined that we would have something as incredible as this. We are really proud of it,” said Hall, who gave credit to Mike Pilling and his crew from the city for getting the field in playing shape on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Gardendale picked up the win, beating Walker 6-1.

The game was scoreless into the fourth inning. Gardendale struck for one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Walker finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning when Khloe Kimbrell drove in Kelsey Shelton with an RBI double.

Abby Trotter and Mia Griffin were both 2 for 3 for the Vikings and Blake Burton added a double. Mabry Norris took the loss in the circle, allowing six runs — five earned — on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

“It would have been nice to win on our home field, but we will learn from it hopefully,” Hall said. “It was a fun night. I’m so happy for the kids to get to experience what it’s like to see students out at games. It was great to have the community come to support us. Maybe we would’ve had some more had it been warmer. I’m thankful for the way it turned out tonight.”

Walker returns to action with a game at Minor today. The Vikings play Carver in their second home game on Thursday.