The Eagles, entering the tournament as the first-seed team, dispatched the fourth-seeded Parrish Tornadoes 17-1, then defeated the second-seeded Lynn Bears 12-0 to take the area’s first qualifying spot, as well as advance to tomorrow’s championship game.
Day two action will begin with the fifth-seeded Brilliant Tigers facing the third seeded Marion County Red Raiders in the opening of the loser’s bracket today at noon at Sumiton Christian.
The winner will take on Parrish, who defeated Brilliant 9-8 on Wednesday.
The area title game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Winner’s bracket qualifying game
(1) Sumiton Christian 12, (2) Lynn 0
This season’s third meeting between Lynn and Sumiton Christian decisively belonged to the hosting Eagles, thanks to great pitching and slugging performances by Jenna Ergle, defensive clutch plays by Kirsten Click, as well as excellent hitting by the entire roster as Sumiton Christian prevailed 12-0.
Ergle picked up the win for the Eagles, giving up eight hits and one walk while striking out four batters in five shutout innings.
Tiffany Self pitched two and 1/3 innings for the Bears, giving eight hits and eight runs while striking out two batters.
Brooklyn Beck pitched the final one and 2/3 innings in relief, giving up four hits and three runs while striking out two batters.
At the plate for Sumiton Christian (42-13-1), Ergle went a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. Ergle hit three home runs on the day, setting the school record for home runs in a season. She now has 21 and counting. Former Sumiton Christian star Cadi Oliver was the former record holder with 19 home runs in a season.
Abbie Brewster was also perfect at 3 for 3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, a double and a triple. Abbey Bice had a 2 for 2 performance, scoring a run and driving in two runners with a double and a triple.
Kendell Hamm was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Jessie Boone, Katlyn Sides, Click, Savanah Langston and Savannah DeLuca all recorded hits.
For Lynn (42-6), Kelci McGough was 2 for 2, Regan Tittle went 2 for 3, while Emma Easley, Holly Murray, Self and Mac Tidwell all had hits.
Controversy began the contest when starting Sumiton Christian shortstop Kendall Beth Sides was ejected on the Eagles’ first plate appearance.
The ejection did little to deter the Eagles resolve, however, as Sumiton Christian drove in four first-inning runs to take a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, Ergle sent the ball over the fence for her third two-run home run of the day to extend the Eagles’ edge to 6-0.
Sumiton Christian added five runs in the third inning and an additional score in the fourth for the 12-0 final.
Winner’s bracket second-round game
Sumiton Christian 17, Parrish 1
Kendall Beth Sides gave up one run, no hits and three walks while striking out five batters in Sumiton Christian’s 17-1 win over the Parrish Tornadoes.
Sides was equally impressive on offense for the Eagles, going 3 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBIs, including a two-run double and two-run triple. Jenna Ergle went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, four RBIs and hit two-run home runs. Katlyn Sides, Kirsten Click, Abbie Brewster and Abbey Bice all went 2 for 3, while Savanah Langston was 1 for 2. Kendell Hamm went 1 for 3 and hit a three-run inside-the-park homerun.
Baleigh Robertson scored Parrish’s lone run in the second inning on a pass ball.
The Tornadoes beat Brilliant 9-8 in the first game of the tournament to advance to the second round.
Lynn 11, Marion County 5
Mac Tidwell got the win for the Bears, giving up eight hits, five runs and two walks, while striking out six batters in six innings.
Offensively, Brooke Harris was 3 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI and a double, while Tittle went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a two-run home run. Emma Easley was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, Tidwell was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Brooklyn Beck, Kendra Richard and Kelci McGough all recorded hits.
Lynn will face the winner of the Parrish vs. Brilliant/Marion County game in the third round of the loser’s bracket.
Other area tournaments
No. 9 Oakman went 1-1 in the 2A, Area 11 Tournament on Wednesday at Lamar County High School.
Oakman, the No. 2 seed, lost its opening game to third-seeded Cold Springs 12-10. Oakman stayed alive with a 10-0 win over Sulligent in its second game.
The Wildcats face the Cold Springs-Lamar County loser in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. today.
At Oak Grove, Carbon Hill split its first two games in the 4A, Area 8 Tournament.
The Bulldogs won their opening game 8-0 over Corner before falling to the host team 4-3 in their second game.
Dora lost its first two games and was eliminated. Dora lost to Oak Grove 1-0 and Corner 5-3.
The Corner game was delayed for more than an hour after a violent collision between Dora's Hannah Wilson and Bailee Jett. Both girls required medical attention. Wilson, a senior, was taken off the field by stretcher and taken to the hospital with a mouth injury.
Carbon Hill plays Corner at 1 p.m. on Friday in an elimination game. The winner plays Oak Grove.