Prep Softball: Eagles off to 2-0 start in Claw Classic
Five ranked teams in 10-team tournament
Sumiton Christian’s Anna Calloway pitches against Haleyville on Friday during the Claw Classic on Friday.
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Corner's Brantly Bonds heads home for a run against Oakman during their game on Friday.
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By W. BRIAN HALE and JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports
SUMITON — Sumiton Christian breezed through its first two games at the Claw Classic on Friday, heading into today’s second round of pool play matchups.
Both Huntsville and John Carroll also started 2-0 in the two-day, 10-team tournament — which includes five ranked teams.
Today’s games start at 8 a.m. with the single-elimination portion of the tournament starting at 1 p.m.
Carbon Hill, Corner, Spain Park and Winfield each finished 1-1 on Friday with Oakman, Addison and Haleyville each losing their first two games.
Spain Park, the No. 2 team in Class 7A, was stunned by Winfield, the No. 7 team in Class 3A, 9-6 in its opening game on Friday. Corner, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, won a thriller in its opener with a two-out, two-run double in its final at bat against Oakman.
At 8 a.m. today, Addison plays Haleyville at Sumiton Christian while Corner plays Winfield at Dora High School. At 9:40 a.m., Sumiton Christian hosts John Carroll and Oakman plays Huntsville at Dora High School. In the final round of pool play games at 11:20 a.m., Sumiton Christian hosts Carbon Hill and Huntsville plays Spain Park at Dora High School.
No. 2 Sumiton Christian 6, Haleyville 1, five innings
The Eagles opened pool play with a 6-1 victory over the Haleyville Lions at Aderholt Field.
Anna Calloway pitched five innings, giving up one run, three hits and two walks, while recording nine strikeouts.
At the plate, Angel Whitlow was a perfect 3 for 3 with an RBI, Kaley McCrary went 1 for 3 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs, Sarah Hadder was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, AK Tyree went 2 for 2 with a run scored, Calloway was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Taylor Whisonant went 1 for 2 with a double and Amber Hayes scored a run.
Sumiton Christian 7, Addison 0
Mak Miller picked up the six-inning shutout win over Addison, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out six batters.
Offensively, Whisonant went 2 for 3 with a run scored, Jessie Baughan was 2 for 2 with a run scored, Hayes went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Calloway had a grandslam home run, McCrary was 1 for 3 with a triple and an RBI, Tyree was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Addy Russell had a hit with an RBI and Tori Corely scored a run.
Carbon Hill 7, Haleyville 4
Sarah Stovall pitched three innings in the win for Carbon Hill, giving up two hits, two walks and striking out three batters. Santana Clark gave up five hits, four runs and walked two batters in two innings.
At the plate, Alayna Ivie went 2 for 2 with a run scored, and an RBI, Clark was 2 for 2 with a run scored, an RBI and a triple, Abby Martin went 2 for 3 with a run scored and a double, Ana Grace Guy was 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, Adison Alexander went 1 for 2 with an RBI, Alleigh Keeton had a hit with a run scored, Karlie Ratliff scored a run and recorded an RBI and Haleigh Lamon scored a run.
John Carroll 4, Carbon Hill 2
John Carroll broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run fifth inning to win its second game of the day.
Ivie paced the Carbon Hill offense, going 2 for 2 with a run, Clark was 1 for 2 with a run, Keeton finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Ratliff was 1 for 3.
Stovall took the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings.
Corner 5, Oakman 4
Ivey Hill delivered a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading Corner to a 5-4 win over Oakman.
The Wildcats had taken a 4-3 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Corner’s rally started with a two-out single by Branty Bonds. An error put runners at the corners leading to Hill’s double that brought home Bonds and pinch runner Ashlynn Martin, giving the Yellow Jackets the win.
Six of Corner’s seven hits were between two players. Bonds was 3 for 3 with a home run and two runs scored, Hill was 3 for 3 with a run and two RBIs and Dakota Parker was 1 for 2 with a run.
Mackenzie Self got the win, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out four in five innings.
For Oakman, Ashanti Stewart was 1 for 2 with a home run, both Iyana Canada and Samantha Kelly were 1 for 3 with an RBI, Terrah Sherer was 1 for 2 with a run and Bailey Webb was 1 for 1 with two runs.
Jessy Aston took the loss, giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings.
Huntsville 6, Corner 2
In Corner’s first game of the day, Huntsville scored five runs in the top of the fifth to overtake the Yellow Jackets en route to a 6-2 win.
The Panthers had just three hits in the game.
Hill took the loss, giving up six runs, four earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Bonds was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Jiselle Woodson was 1 for 3 with a run and both Anna Hinkle and Lauren Dill had hits.
Spain Park 5, Oakman 0
In one of the last games of the day, Spain Park topped Oakman 5-0, holding the Wildcats to two hits.
For Oakman, Kelly and Sherer each finished 1 for 2.
Katelyn Makemson took the loss, giving up five runs, one earned, on nine hits and two walks.