Carbon Hill, Cordova girls win tournaments over weekend
by Johnathan Bentley
Mar 04, 2013 | 1283 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill did it with the bats.

Cordova relied on its pitching.

Both teams had productive weekends, winning softball tournament titles. Carbon Hill won the Lynn Preseason Tournament while Cordova won the Northside Invitational Tournament.

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Carbon Hill wins at Lynn

Meagan Bice and Caroline Dodd combined to hit five home runs as the Carbon Hill Bulldogs picked up the Lynn Preseason Tournament title on Saturday.

Carbon Hill, which had just one week of practice together as a team heading into the season, finished 5-1 in the tournament. The Bulldogs outscored their opposition 60-14, including 40-9 during tournament play.

Carbon Hill knocked off Tharptown 15-0 in the championship game Saturday night.

Bice and Dodd blistered the competition.

Bice was 10 for 16 with three home runs, two doubles, four stolen bases, 10 runs and 11 RBIs while Dodd finished 8 for 18 with two home runs, three doubles, 10 runs and four RBIs.

Carbon Hill opened with an 8-2 win over Addison. After losing to Phil Campbell 3-2 in pool play, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 10-0 victory over Sulligent. In tournament play, Carbon Hill knocked off Walker 10-7 and advanced to the title game with a 15-2 rout of Berry.

“This is the most athletic team I have had, but more than anything they play together and pull for each other,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “It’s a long season and we have a long way to go, but I like what I have seen so far.”

While Bice and Dodd led the way, the entire Carbon Hill lineup contributed during the two-day tournament.

Tessa Ivey was 7 for 14 with four doubles, five runs and seven RBIs, Ansley Madison was 7 for 13 with a double and four RBIs, Katie Moore was 5 for 14 with a double, a triple, nine runs and six RBIs, Korey Tidwell was 5 for 14 with a double, a home run, seven runs and five RBIs.

Jessica Hurst was 5 for 11 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs, Brittany Chambers had three hits and two RBIs, Kenna Alexander had a hit and scored five runs, Abby Tittle scored four runs, Brandy Carey scored three runs, Kate Davis had a hit and scored a run and Savanna Lawson scored a run.

On the mound, Ansley Madison was 3-1. She allowed 16 hits, two walks and five runs while striking out 18 in 14 1/3 innings. Tessa Ivey finished 2-0. She gave up 10 hits, six walks and nine runs while striking out eight batters in 9 2/3 innings.

Carbon Hill (5-2) hosts Northside at 4:30 p.m. today.

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Cordova Blue Devils go unbeaten in Northside Tournament

Cordova pitcher Faith Sims shut down team after team and the Blue Devils did just enough offensively to win the Northside Invitational Tournament on Saturday.

Sims tossed a perfect game in the opener against Northridge and no-hit Northside in the third game. She allowed just four hits and struck out 36 batters in 23 innings as Cordova went 4-0 in the tournament.

Cordova won the championship game 6-1 over Northridge. Sims allowed two hits, one walk and an unearned run in the win. She was also 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs.

Maggie Benson finished 2 for 4 with an RBI while Hanna McLemore was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.

The Blue Devils won the opener, beating Northridge 2-0. Sims struck out 8 and threw a perfect game. At the plate, Sims was 2 for 2 with a home run and an RBI. Raigan Sherer was 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Cordova followed with a 2-0 win over Calera. Sims gave up two hits and struck out 15 in six innings. Sims was 1 for 2 at the plate while Lindsey Gilbert finished 1 for 2 with an RBI. In their third game, the Blue Devils blanked Northside 2-0. She struck out six and walked two in five innings. Westbrook, Benson and Sherer each went 1 for 2.

Cordova (9-2) knocked off Meek 4-1 on Monday.

Sims dominated the Tigers, holding them to two hits and no walks. She allowed one earned run and struck out seven. At the plate, Westbrook was 2 for 4 with a run, Hanna McLemore was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Sherer was 1 for 3 with an RBI.