Curry takes third in Class 5A; Sumiton Christian goes 1-2 at state
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Gabby Englebert takes a lead off third base as the Faith Academy catcher keeps on eye on her during their State Softball Tournament game on Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Gabby Englebert takes a lead off third base as the Faith Academy catcher keeps on eye on her during their State Softball Tournament game on Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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MONTGOMERY — Curry's first trip to the State Softball Tournament ended with a third-place finish Saturday at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

After fighting its way through a pair of elimination games, Curry fell to top-ranked Scottsboro 3-0 in the loser’s bracket final. The Yellow Jackets went 3-2 in the tournament with both losses coming to the Wildcats. Scottsboro also defeated Curry 1-0 on Friday night.

In Saturday’s meeting, Scottsboro pitcher Emily Glover proved too strong for a Curry team playing in its third game of the day. Glover allowed just one hit and struck out 11 batters.

Only a Kaylee Horton single kept Glover from throwing a no-hitter.

Scottsboro got on the scoreboard in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Curry pitcher Ashlee Swindle hit Kylie Thackeson with a pitch, driving in Bailey Lakin.

The Wildcats added a pair of runs in the third inning thanks to a pair of errors. Curry made three errors in the contest.

Swindle took the loss despite allowing three rnus — one earned — on five hits and two walks. She struck out three batters.

Scottsboro moved to the championship game where the Wildcats fall to Hayden 1-0.

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Curry 8, Faith Academy 3

Curry broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run fifth inning to eliminate Faith Academy and move to the loser’s bracket final.

The Yellow Jackets built an early 3-1 lead, but Faith Academy pushed across two runs to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Shauna Rowe put Curry ahead 4-3 with a single that plated Shannan Rowe. That was just the beginning, Gabby Englebert drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run, Jordan McPherson drove in Ella Banks with a single and Shauna Rowe scored on a throwing error for a 7-3 lead. Kaylee Horton’s sacrifice fly scored Englebert for the final run.

Lane finished 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs and an RBI for Curry, Taylor Black was 2 for 4 with a run, Horton was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Shauna Rowe was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI, Shannan Rowe was 1 for 2 with a run, McPherson was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Ella Banks was 1 for 4 with a run, Englebert scored two runs and added an RBI and Swindle had an RBI.

McGinnis got the win in relief of starting pitcher Swindle, who allowed one run on four hits while striking out four in four innings. McGinnis went the final three innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three in three innings.

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Curry 7, Shelby County 0

Curry took control early, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning and three in the third to build a 5-0 lead. That was more than enough offense for McGinnis.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of six hits and four Shelby County errors to earn the victory. McGinnis earned the win, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out two in seven innings.

At the plate, Englebert was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a pair or runs while Lane was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs.McGinnis finished 1 for 2 with an RBI, Shannan Rowe was 1 for 3 with a run, Banks had a run and an RBI and Shuana Rowe drove in a run.

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Sumiton Christian finishes 6th in Class 1A

No. 7 Decatur Heritage 8, No. 3 Sumiton Christian 6

A three-run seventh-inning rally fell short as the third-ranked Sumiton Christian Eagles were eliminated from the Class 1A tournament by the No. 7 Decatur Heritage Eagles, 8-6.

Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle gave up five runs, three hits, five walks and struck out five batters in four innings in the loss. Kendall Beth Sides surrendered three hits, three runs, three walks and struck out two batters in three innings of relief.

Ergle went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs to lead Sumiton Christian offensively, while Kendell Hamm was 3 for 3 with two runs scored. Katlyn Sides was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored and Kendall Beth Sides went 1 for 4 with a run scored.

Trailing 5-0 in the fourth inning, Sumiton Christian scored on RBIs from Hamm, Kirsten Click and Jessie Boone to cut the lead to 5-3.

After Decatur Heritage scored three additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Ergle drove-in Hamm and Kendall Beth Sides on an two-run RBI double, followed by an RBI single from Click for the 8-6 final.