Prep Softball: Top-ranked Sumiton Christian routs defending champ Parrish
by W. Brian Hale
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Sumiton Christian’s Katlyn Sides prepares to take a swing against Parrish during their game Thursday. The top-ranked Eagles beat No. 4 Parrish 11-1 in five innings. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian’s Katlyn Sides prepares to take a swing against Parrish during their game Thursday. The top-ranked Eagles beat No. 4 Parrish 11-1 in five innings. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Thursday’s battle between two of Class 1A’s top programs ended with a rout, with the No. 1 Sumiton Christian Eagles defeating the No. 4 Parrish Tornadoes, 11-1 in five innings at Sumiton.

The Eagles’ recorded 17 hits, with seven different players crossing the plate in the contest.

Sumiton Christian’s Kendell Beth Sides went 3 for 4 with three runs scored, Jenna Ergle was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Abbey Bice went 3 for 4 with a run scored.

Kendell Hamm was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while Katlyn Sides went 2 for 3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Kirsten Click added a run scored and two RBIs on a 2 for 3 performance.

Kendell Beth Sides picked up the win for Sumiton Christian, giving up a run and six hits while striking out five batters in five innings of action.

For Parrish, Ciara Ramsey was 2 for 3 with a run scored, with Baleigh Robertson, Makenzie Morgan, Mary Sanford and Kiera Thomas recording one hit each. Jamie Hocutt recorded four strikeouts in the loss.

Ramsey crossed the plate in the first inning for Parrish’ lone score of the game. Sumiton Christian responded with two runs to take the lead, 2-1.

The Eagles broke open the contest with a six-run second-inning, led by Katyln Sides’ three RBIs — propelling Sumiton Christian to an 8-1 advantage.

After a scoreless third inning, Click and Jessie Boone drove batters in to extend the Eagles’ lead to 10-1 at the bottom of the fourth.

Ergle clinched the victory in the fifth inning after driving Kendell Beth Sides for the 11-1 final.

Sumiton Christian travels to Lynn on Tuesday for a battle with the second-ranked Bears, while Parrish travels to Brilliant.

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Dora 16, Minor 1, 4 innings

Lexi McLeroy belted a three-run home run and drove in six runs as the Dora Bulldogs defeated Minor 16-1 at home Thursday.

With the victory, Dora improved to 7-8 on the season.

Lindsey Johnson was a perfect 4 for 4 with an RBI, Jazz McRoy was 3 for 4 with three RBIs while Kelsey Rhodes, Madison Hargrove, Jordan Reese, Bailey Jett and Lydia Sanders had hits.

McLeroy got the win, going three innings. She allowed one hit and struck out six. McRoy went the final inning, striking out one.

Dora faces Oakman at 4:50 p.m. in the Aggie Classic at Hamilton today.

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Oak Grove 3, Carbon Hill 2

Carbon Hill was dealt another narrow loss on Thursday in the Bulldogs’ area opener at Oak Grove, falling 3-2.

Carbon  Hill loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning, but was unable to push across a run.The Bulldogs have lost five games by a total of eight runs.

“We are right there every night out. We just haven’t gotten that big hit yet. Our pitching and defense have been good. We’ve just got to come through at the plate,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.

For Carbon Hill, Katie Moore was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Anna Grace Martin was 2 for 4, Korey Tidwell was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Jessica Hurst was 1 for 3 with a run, Kenna Alexander was 1 for 4.

Tessa Ivey took the loss, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out five in six innings.

Carbon Hill begins play in the Aggie Classic today. The Bulldogs face Walker at 3:30 p.m. and Muscle Shoals at 5 p.m.