Sumiton Christian rolls to area title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian pitcher Emily Ivey throws a pitch against American Christian on Thursday. Ivey struck out 29 batters in 14 innings during the area tournament. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Sumiton Christian took its first step toward the state tournament on Thursday, routing American Christian Academy 10-0 to earn a spot in next week’s regional tournament at Vestavia.

The top-ranked Lady Eagles won the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament title behind the arm of pitcher Emily Ivey and the bat of Cadi Oliver.

Sumiton Christian — last year’s Class 3A state champion — picked up the win over ACA in six innings and outscored the competition 40-3 in 16 total innings in the tournament.

Ivey was dominant in the tournament, allowing five hits and striking out 29 in 14 innings, including all 15 batters against Oakman in the area tournament opener on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Sumiton Christian held a slim 2-0 lead over the Lady Patriots until erupting for four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Oliver was 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run — her 15th of the season — two runs and an RBI.

Katlyn Sides was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs, Kendall Hamm was 2-for-4 with a run and four RBIs, Kathryn Warren was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ivey was 2-for-4.

Sumiton Christian (39-9) will make the trip to Vestavia’s Liberty Park for the North Central Regional Tournament set for May 13-14. ACA will also make the trip. Area tournament winners and runners-up advance to the regional.

The top two teams from each regional advance to the state tournament set for May 19-21 at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

Class 1A, Area 9

Parrish wins area crown

Parrish won its first ever fast-pitch area title on Thursday, beating third-ranked South Lamar twice to claim the 1A, Area 9 Tournament title at South Lamar High School.

The fourth-ranked Lady Tornadoes needed the deciding ‘if’ game to claim the area tournament championship.

Parrish (37-10) opened the day with a 1-0 win over South Lamar with Chelsea Nix throwing a two-hitter, but the Lady Tornadoes dropped the next game 4-2 to the Lady Stallions.

In the championship game, the Lady Tornadoes battled back from a 4-0 deficit to earn a 10-8 victory.

Jamie Beth Hocutt got the win in relief of Nix. Parrish took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning that gave the Lady Tornadoes a 7-6 lead. They added three more runs in the fifth to take a 10-6 lead. At the plate, Sha Sha Hubbard was 3-for-3 with three stolen bases, Nix was 2-for-3 and Hocutt was 2-for-4.

“We set goals when the year started. We wanted to win the county tournament, win 40 games, win the area tournament, win the regional tournament and make it to Montgomery,” Parrish coach Chris Harris said. “Aside from that one hiccup at county, we are three wins away from 40 wins and just got the area title.”

Parrish finished second to Carbon Hill in the Walker County Tournament.

Class 3A, Area 11

Carbon Hill 4, Hamilton 0

Carbon Hill opened area tournament play with a shutout win over Hamilton Thursday at Winfield High School.

The game was the first time in four meetings this season that the teams didn’t play extra innings.

On Thursday, Carbon Hill’s Ansley Madison held the Lady Aggies to four hits and one walk over seven innings to get the victory.

Carbon Hill got on the scoreboard in the third inning after doubles from Nikki Alexander and Emily Posten. The Lady Bulldogs (31-15) added a pair of runs in the sixth. Alexander scored on Meagan Bice’s suicide squeeze. Bice scored on an error later in the inning and Caroline Dodd doubled home Allee Garner in the seventh inning for the final run.

For Carbon Hill, Posten was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Alexander was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs, Dodd was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Tessa Ivey, Ashley Tubbs and Madison each finished 1-for-3. Carbon Hill will play Winfield today at 11 a.m. with the winner advancing to the championship. The loser will play Hamilton at 1 p.m.

Class 5A, Area 11

Walker 6, Hayden 5

Walker opened the Class 5A, Area 11 Tournament with a narrow 6-5 victory over Hayden at Mortimer Jordan High School.

The Lady Vikings (20-10) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning and held off the Lady Wildcats to advance to today’s winner’s bracket game against Mortimer Jordan at 4:30 p.m. The winner will play in the area championship game.

Curry lost its opener to Mortimer Jordan on Thursday and will play Hayden in an elimination game at 6:30 p.m. today.

For Walker, Faith Sims got the win, allowing three hits and seven walks while striking out four. She didn’t allow an earned run in the game.

At the plate, Shaq Morris was 3-for-4 with two runs and Tiffany Jones was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Sims drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a hit that scored Amber Ivory in the seventh inning.

Class 1A, Area 12

Lynn 9, Brilliant 5

Lynn 6, Marion Co. 3

Lynn won its first two area tournament games at home on Thursday, beating Brilliant 9-5 and Marion County 6-3 to earn a spot in the regional tournament.

The Lady Bears (36-13-1) will play again on Monday at 2 p.m. The tournament was pushed back so that members of the teams can compete in the state 1A track meet this weekend.

McKenzie Tidwell got both wins for Lynn on the day.

On Monday, Brilliant faces Addison in the opener at 10 a.m. The winner takes on Marion County at noon with the winner of that game playing Lynn in the championship.