Sides, Horton open 2021 season with good performances

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Opening weekend for SEC teams saw local stars making big plays to kick off the 2021 season.

Alabama's KB Sides and Auburn's Kaylee Horton had a hand in both teams' opening weekend wins, setting the tone for what could be All-Conference first team selections for both.

The Crimson Tide picked up three wins on Saturday and Sunday, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-0 then defeating the Louisville Cardinals 5-0 and 4-0 in a Sunday double-header.

Against Notre Dame, Sides had a run scored and a stolen base. In the first game against Louisville, Sides was 2 for 3 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. In the second game of the double-header, she was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

The Tigers beat Southeast Missouri State in a double-header on Saturday, 8-0 and 5-1, and followed with a third win in the series, 3-1, on Sunday.

In Game 1, Horton recorded three RBIs, then followed with another RBI to finish the double-header. In the final game of the weekend, Horton was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base.