Sumiton Christian opens regional play Friday
by Ben Hamilton
May 12, 2011 | 2939 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt, left, talks to Cadi Oliver during a game this season. The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, open regional play Friday at Vestavia.
Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt, left, talks to Cadi Oliver during a game this season. The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, open regional play Friday at Vestavia.
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Four local softball teams reached regional tournaments this year.

Sumiton Christian, Parrish, Walker and Lynn will all play in the North-Central Regional Tournament at Vestavia’s Liberty Park on Friday.

Sumiton Christian, last year’s 3A state champ, is looking to repeat this year in 2A and will begin its region play at 8 a.m. Friday against Victory Christian.

Fourth-year head coach Jessica Aderholt looks to add to her impressive resume.

Since taking over in 2008, Aderholt and the Lady Eagles have went 25-19 and 46-18 before an impressive 54-11 run last season.

The Lady Eagles are 39-9 this year and are primed for another pair of tournament runs.

“I don’t really know a whole lot about Victory Christian, I just know how hard we’ve been working, said Aderholt. “Our team has been pretty consistent this year and you don’t really find that very often.”

Sumiton Christian had little post-season trouble last year, going a perfect 8-0 during both regional and state tournament play combined and closing out the year by winning 23 of its last 24 games.

With players like last season’s 3A Pitcher of the Year/MVP Emily Ivey and 3A Hitter of the Year/state tournament MVP Cadi Oliver, Sumiton Christian seems to be lock for the state tournament.



Parrish vs. Addison

The Parrish Lady Tornadoes have boasted a strong team this year, but still have their work cut out in regional-tournament play.

Parrish will face Addison at 8 a.m. Friday.

Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Tornadoes.

“It’s a hornets nest over there,” said Parrish head coach Chris Harris. “With teams like Addison, Lynn, South Lamar and Ragland (the defending 1A state champs) it’s gonna be really tough. I think it’ll come down to who is hot this weekend. We’ve had as good a season as any at Parrish this year but you never know when a team is gonna have that big inning. I’m excited though. I’m ready to get out there and see what happens.”

Parrish won its area tournament title on Thursday, beating South Lamar twice to claim the 1A, Area 9 Tournament title.

Parrish is 37-10 on the year.

In other 1A action, Lynn will take on South Lamar at 8 a.m. Friday while Walker faces Moody in 5A at 5 p.m. Friday.

The top two teams from each of the four regional tournaments advance to Montgomery for the state tournament on May 19-21 at Lagoon Park.