Sumiton Christian girls rally to beat ACA
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian overcame a 3-1 deficit with a seven-run seventh inning to knock off American Christian 8-3 in Tuscaloosa on Monday.

Down 3-1 in the seventh, the Lady Eagles got a pair of RBI singles from both T’Ebonie Tanner and Katlyn Sides before Clara Bowen put the game away with a grand slam. Sumiton Christian also added another run for the final tally.

Katie Justice pitched the first five innings with Cadi Oliver going the last two innings and picking up the win.

Kendall Beth Sides opened the seventh inning with a single. With one out, Kirsten Click reached on an error and Oliver was intentionally walked to load the bases for Tanner.

Sumiton Christian (27-9) plays Pisgah at Corner High School beginning at 6 p.m. today. Pisgah plays Corner in the first game at 4 p.m.

The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, finished 2-2 in the Bob Jones Tournament over the weekend. Sumiton Christian knocked off Alabama Christian 11-1 and lost to Lawrence County 3-2 on Friday.

Sumiton Christian defeated Pleasant Grove 2-0 and lost to Enterprise 4-3 on Saturday.

Oliver was 8-for-11 in the tournament with three home runs, six RBIs and five runs.

Parrish 14, Jefferson Christian 0, five innings

The third-ranked Parrish Lady Tornadoes tuned up for today’s showdown with No. 2 South Lamar with a rout at Jefferson Christian Academy on Monday.

Parrish pounded out 21 hits in the 14-0, five-inning victory over the Lady Eagles.

Jamie Beth Hocutt and Camry Lay combined on a one-hit shutout. Hocutt didn’t allow a hit and struck out four in two innings while Camry Lay gave up one hit and struck out five over the final three innings.

At the plate, Savanna Jones and McKenzie Lay each finished 4-for-4. Jones added a pair of stolen bases. Paige Dill was 3-for-4 with a home run while Taylor Winchester, Grayson Culverson and Hocutt each added two hits.

Shonda Culverson, Nina Tucker, Makenze Morgan and Malea Smith each had one hit.

Parrish hosts South Lamar beginning at 4:30 p.m. today. South Lamar won the first meeting between the teams 3-2.

With Monday’s win, Parrish (22-3) improved to 5-1 under interim coach Heath Burns.

The Lady Tornadoes finished 2-1 in the Bob Jones Tournament over the weekend.

Parrish went 2-0 in pool play, beating Falkville 9-2 and Madison Academy 3-1 before losing to Hartselle, the No. 5 team in Class 5A, 10-2.

Against Falkville, Grayson Culverson and Hocutt each pitched three innings.

Jones was 2-for-4 at the plate with three stolen bases, Morgan finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Dill was 3-for-3 and both Hocutt and Tucker were 2-for-3.

In the win over Madison Academy, Culverson threw a two-hitter, striking out six in seven innings.

Winchester finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Makenzie Lay was 2-for-3 with a run, Grayson Culverson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Jones was 1-for-2 with three stolen bases. Against Hartselle, Parrish allowed just one earned run. Culverson was 2-for-3 at the plate while Winchester, Hocutt, Dill, Jones, Morgan and Makenzie Lay each finished 1-for-3.