Sumiton Christian softball team opens season with win
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian’s Kendall Beth Sides throws a pitch against Holly Pond during the Eagles season opener at Sumiton Christian High School on Tuesday. Sides allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out eight as the Eagles earned a 2-1 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian’s Kendall Beth Sides throws a pitch against Holly Pond during the Eagles season opener at Sumiton Christian High School on Tuesday. Sides allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out eight as the Eagles earned a 2-1 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — No Cadi Oliver. No T’Ebonie Tanner or Clara Bowen either.

Sumiton Christian’s softball team may have a new look in 2013, but the Eagles just keep on winning.

Sumiton Christian opened the season with a 2-1 home victory over Holly Pond in windy conditions on Tuesday.

Both teams got their scoring out of the way in the first inning with the Eagles holding on for the narrow victory. Kendall Beth Sides got the win on the mound.

Sumiton Christian returns just four starters — Kendall Beth Sides, Katlyn Sides, Kendell Hamm and Kirsten Click — from last year’s team that finished as the state runner up in Class 2A. The Eagles are competing in Class 1A this season.

“These girls work really hard and listen to every word we say,” Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt said. “I think we will be really good. We will get better every game.”

All four seniors off last year’s team signed to play at the next level with both Oliver (Jacksonville State) and Bowen (South Alabama) playing at the Division I level.

Against Holly Pond, Sumiton Christian took advantage of a pair of first-inning walks. Both Hamm and Kendall Beth Sides reached via walks in the opening inning and came around to score.

That would be all the offense Kendall Beth Sides needed on the mound. She allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out eight. Both teams combined for just six hits in the game.

For the Eagles (1-0), Click, Savanah Langston, Jenna Ergle and Jessie Boone each had hits.

Holly Pond pitcher Montana Holcombe, who struck out 16 against Fairview on Monday, gave up four hits and six walks while striking out nine.

Sumiton Christian plays at Dora at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The Eagles play in the Wallace State Tournament this weekend.

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Carbon Hill 7, Northside 6

Carbon Hill rallied from a four-run deficit and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs edged Northside 7-6 on Tuesday at Carbon Hill High School.

Northside built a 5-1 lead going into the fifth, but Carbon Hill struck for five runs to take a 6-5 lead. The Rams tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Carbon Hill pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Carbon Hill’s Korey Tidwell led off the seventh inning with a double. She moved to third on Ansley Madison’s sacrifice and scored on Jessica Hurst’s squeeze bunt.

For the Bulldogs, Katie Moore was 3 for 4 with a double, a run and a stolen base. Meagan Bice was 2 for 3 with a run, Caroline Dodd was 2 for 4 with two runs, Tidwell was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two runs. Hurst was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Tessa Ivey had two RBIs.

Ansley Madison started the game on the mound. She went four innings, allowing 11 hits, two walks and five runs.

Ivey got win in relief.

She went three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out five.

“We did a great job coming back and getting a win,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “We got some big hits and just kept battling.”

Carbon Hill (6-2) hosts Oakman at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Oakman 2, Cold Springs 1, eight innings

Oakman opened up area play with a big area win over Cold Springs on Tuesday at Oakman High School.

Mallory Nunnelley drove in the game-winning run for the Wildcats in the bottom of the eighth inning.

For Oakman (2-5), Bailee Trotter was 2 for 4 with a double and a run, Caroline Thompson was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI, Hannah Bonner was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Nunnelley was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Ashlee Morrow finished 1 for 2.

Autumn Custred got the win. She allowed six hits and three walks while striking out four.

Oakman plays at Carbon Hill on Thursday.