Oliver leads Lady Eagles to second-place finish in Cullman tourney
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 22, 2012 | 1745 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian's Cadi Oliver has 16 home runs on the season after hitting three over the weekend in the Cullman Pre-State Blowout. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian's Cadi Oliver has 16 home runs on the season after hitting three over the weekend in the Cullman Pre-State Blowout. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian’s Cadi Oliver continues to dominate some of the top pitching in the state.

The senior slugger led the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish at the Cullman Pre-State Blowout over the weekend, hitting three home runs as Sumiton Christian finished the tournament with a 4-1 mark.

At the plate, Oliver, a two-time state Hitter of the Year Award winner, was 12 for 15 with three home runs and 11 runs scored. She now has 16 home runs on the season.

The Lady Eagles outscored the competition 31-5 until running into 6A Vestavia Hills in the championship game. The Lady Rebels knocked off Sumiton Christian 10-2 to claim the title.

“We had a pretty good tournament. We played like a team this weekend. We hadn’t been doing that lately,” Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt said.

Sumiton Christian — the No. 2 team in Class 2A — opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over Hoover. Oliver finished the game 2 for 2 with a double, a home run, a stolen base and a run. Kendall Beth Sides, Kathryn Warren and Kirsten Click added hits.

Oliver also got the win on the mound, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings.

The Lady Eagles (38-12) followed with a 6-0 win over Pelham. Katie Justice earned the victory, giving up four hits and striking out four in six innings. Oliver was 2 for 3 at the plate with three runs, Katlyn Sides was 2 for 3 with a run and three RBIs, Clara Bowen finished 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Kendell Hamm was 1 for 3 with two RBIs,

Sumiton Christian won its third game, beating American Christian 11-2. Sides was 3 for 3 in the game with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs, Bowen was 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs, Oliver was 2 for 2 with three runs, T’Ebonie Tanner was 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs while Hamm and Warren added hits. Oliver got the win, giving up three hits and striking out five.

Sumiton Christian earned a spot in the championship game with a 10-1 win over Cherokee County. Justice got the victory, allowing just two hits and striking out four.

At the plate, Oliver was 3 for 4 with three runs and a home run. Katlyn Sides was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBIs, Kendall Beth Sides was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Click was 2 for 3 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Bowen was 1 for 2 with a double and three RBIs.

In the title game, Oliver was 3 for 4 with a home run for the Lady Eagles while Kendall Beth Sides finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and both Tanner and Warren added hits.

Oliver went the first three innings on the mound and took the loss. The Lady Eagles made eight errors in the game.

Sumiton Christian plays its final three regular-season games this week. The Lady Eagles play at Oak Grove on Monday, at Hueytown on Tuesday and host Winfield on Thursday.

Carbon Hill takes

2nd at county tourney

Carbon Hill advanced to the championship game of the Walker County Softball Tournament Friday night, losing to the Curry Lady Jackets 12-2 in the championship game.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the day with a 4-3 victory over Parrish. They followed with a 15-0 victory over Oakman before eliminating Cordova 3-2 in eight innings in the semifinals.

For the tournament, Meagan Bice was 4 for 8 with a stolen base, five runs a home run and two RBIs, Ansley Madison finished 4 for 9 with two runs and three RBIs, Nikki Alexander was 4 for 10 with a triple, four runs and four RBIs, Tessa Ivey wsa 3 for 9 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs, Kelsey Alexander had two hits, three runs and three RBIs, Ashley Tubbs had two hits and three RBIs while Allee Garner finished with two hits, and three runs. Jessica Hurst added two runs and an RBI.

On the mound, Kelsy Alexander got the win over Parrish, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out four in seven innings.

Tessa Ivey earned the win over Oakman, giving up no hits and striking out three in three innings.

Madison picked up the win over Cordova. She allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out three in eight innings.

Against Curry, Alexander took the loss, allowing six hits and five runs in 1 1/3 innings.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my team,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “Coming in as the fourth seed and to make it to the championship is a credit to them. It is the third straight year we have been in the finals, winning it last year. Obviously, we were disappointed that we came up short, but give Curry all the credit.

“This county has some terrific teams and we were involved in some games with a playoff-like atmosphere. It will only help us in the end.”