Sumiton Christian wins battle of No. 1 teams over Hueytown
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian pitcher Emily Ivey throws a pitch against Hueytown during their game at Sumiton Christian on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles won the battle of No. 1 teams 4-2. Ivey struck out six and allowed two hits in the win. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — When Sumiton Christian is clicking, the Lady Eagles are one of the top teams in the state.

Hueytown found that out Tuesday as Sumiton Christian, the No. 1 team in Class 2A, handed the Lady Gophers, the No. 1 team in Class 5A, a 4-2 loss at the Sumiton Christian softball field.

Sumiton Christian’s aggressive base running and the pitching of senior Emily Ivey proved too much for Hueytown, which allowed two runs on passed balls and walked in another run.

Sumiton Christian took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Hueytown kept the inning alive after a ball dropped in the infield after two players collided. Following the error, Sumiton Christian’s Katlyn Sides scored on a bases-load walk and Clara Bowen came home on a passed ball.

The Lady Eagles added another run in the fifth inning when Bowen scored from second base on a passed ball. Sumiton Christian scored its final run in the sixth inning when Chelsea Hunt singled and scored.

On the mound, Ivey was dominant, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs while striking out six as Sumiton Christian improved to 32-8. The win was the second over Hueytown in four days for Sumiton Christian. The Lady Eagles knocked off the Lady Gophers in the Pelham Tournament on Saturday.

At the plate, Cadi Oliver was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and an RBI, Bowen was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs, Hunt was 2-for-3 and Ivey added a hit.

The Lady Eagles, the defending Class 3A state champs, play at Vestavia Hills on Thursday.

Curry 3, No. 3 Mortimer Jordan 1

Curry proved it can play with the best of the best on Tuesday as the Lady Yellow Jackets knocked off third-ranked Mortimer Jordan 3-1 at Curry High School.

The Lady Yellow Jackets had just two hits in the game, but made the most of a two-run error that gave pitcher Cyd’ni Al-Jabsheh all the offense she would need.

Al-Jabsheh (5-4) allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three in seven innings to get the win.

Curry (12-15, 2-4) was coming off a 6-2 loss to Hayden on Monday.

“We had a little discussion after the game on what kind of team we wanted to be,” Curry coach Mike Myers said. “I’m happy with the way we came out today. That was the best I’ve seen Cyd’ni pitch. She kept them off balance all night. We needed a game like this. This shows we can play with anybody.”

Curry pushed across one run in the fourth inning when Al-Jabsheh drove in pinch-runner Carlee Richardson for a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Jackets added a pair of runs in the fifth when both Austen Black and Paige Dill scored for a 3-0 lead. Mortimer Jordan got a solo home run in the sixth for its only run.

Al-Jabsheh and Katie Justice had Curry’s only hits.

Curry hosts Priceville at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and the Lady Jackets will play in the Bill Collins Tournament at Dora this weekend.

Walker 2, Hayden 1

Walker coach Randy Stracner earned his 100th softball win at the school on Tuesday as the Lady Vikings edged area foe Hayden 2-1 at Memorial Park.

Stracner, who is in his fifth year at Walker, now has 219 career wins as a head softball coach. He won 119 at Stockbridge (Ga.) High School.

“I’ve had a lot of good players over the years. That’s who I think about. A lot of players helped build this program,” Stracner said. “We won 10 games that first year and we’ve been in the Sweet 16 the past couple of years. We’re now a competitive 5A team. That says a lot about the players who have bought in to what I’ve tried to do.”

Leigh Drummond has been Stracner’s assistant for his entire tenure with the Lady Vikings.

Against Hayden, Faith Sims got the win, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out six.

Walker scored a pair of runs in the third inning when Tania Ivory drove in Cara Trunnell and Memo McCollum with a two-run double.

McCollum finished 1-for-3 with a run while Ivory was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Walker (17-9, 2-4) plays at Thompson at 4:30 p.m. today and at Gardendale at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

No. 5 Parrish 6, Dora 3

Parrish overcame an early deficit to knock off Dora on the road Tuesday.

The Lady Tornadoes, ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, trailed 3-0 after the first inning, but pitcher Grayson Culverson settled down over the last six innings as Parrish earned a 6-3 victory.

Culverson allowed three hits and struck out 12 to improve to 20-6 on the season.

A Chelsea Nix RBI put Parrish on the scoreboard in the third inning and Jamie Beth Hocutt tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run home run in the fourth. Parrish (32-7) took the lead for good in the fifth when Shonda Culverson drove in Taylor Winchester for a 4-3 lead.

At the plate, Culverson was 3-for-3, Sha Sha Hubbard was 3-for-4 and Winchester was 2-for-4.

Parrish plays at Hubbertville at 5 p.m. Thursday and faces No. 1 Lynn at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Bill Collins Tournament at Dora High School.