Curry softball team places third at state
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
May 17, 2014 | 1571 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry’s Haleigh Lane takes a swing during the Yellow Jackets’ game against Briarwood Christian Friday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Curry’s Haleigh Lane takes a swing during the Yellow Jackets’ game against Briarwood Christian Friday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
slideshow
MONTGOMERY — Hartselle got the best of Curry for the second time in as many days as the Tigers ousted the Yellow Jackets from the State Softball Tournament on Friday.

Hartselle pitcher Jada Hayes tossed a five-hit shutout and the Tigers earned a 1-0 win in their consolation bracket final at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

The teams combined for just eight hits, but Hartselle took advantage of an error to plate the only run of the game in the first inning.

With the loss, Curry finished third in Class 5A for the second straight season.

After defeating Curry, Hartselle went on the win the state championship by beating Moody twice on Friday night. The Tigers won in dramatic fashion, getting a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 2-1 victory.

Curry, which closes the season 47-9, lost to Hartselle 4-1 on Friday. The Jackets blanked Briarwood Christian 4-0 in Saturday’s opener before losing to Hartselle.

Curry junior first baseman Haleigh Lane made the Class 5A All-Tournament Team.

———

Consolation bracket final

Hartselle 1, Curry 0

The Hartselle Tigers defeated the Curry Yellow Jackets to advance to the Class 5A championship game with a 1-0 victory.

Hartselle scored the only run of the game in the first inning on an error, then held off the Curry offense to preserve the victory.

Ashlee Swindle pitched four and two-thirds innings in the loss for Curry, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out four batters.

At the plate, Kaylee Horton went 2 for 4, while Haleigh Lane, Shannan Rowe and Jordan McPherson all went 1 for 3.

———

Consolation bracket

Curry 4, Briarwood Christian 0

Katie Justice gave up five hits and no walks, while striking out eight batters in the Curry Yellow Jackets’ 4-0 over the Briarwood Christian Lions.

After a scoreless first inning, McPherson sent a ball over the left-field fence for a solo home run, giving Curry the 1-0 lead.

Lane added to the score after she crossed home plate for the 2-0 Curry advantage.

Shannan Rowe scored in the fifth inning before McPherson crossed the plate in the sixth inning for the 4-0 final.

Shannan Rowe went a perfect 3 for 3 with a run scored and a double, while McPherson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a home run. Lane was 2 for 3 with a run scored and a double, Courtney Howze was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Shauna Rowe had a hit.