Curry girls win Walker County softball title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Curry players gather on the mound between innings. The Lady Yellow Jackets won the Walker County Softball Tournament on Friday.
Curry players gather on the mound between innings. The Lady Yellow Jackets won the Walker County Softball Tournament on Friday.
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CURRY — Curry’s back on top.

The Lady Yellow Jackets swept through the Walker County Softball Tournament on Friday, going a perfect 4-0.

Curry knocked off Carbon Hill 12-2 in the championship game.

Despite having just three upperclassmen on the team, the Lady Yellow Jackets outscored the competition 28-10 on the day.

“The girls have worked so hard this year,” Curry first-year softball coach Annah Cagle said. “They’ve made some big plays. To me they don’t play like a young team.”

Curry, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, opened the day with a 5-3 victory over top-seeded Cordova in pool play. The Lady Jackets followed with a 7-2 win over Dora to win their pool.

In the single-elimination portion of the tournament, Curry held off No. 2 seed Parrish 4-3 before taking down No. 4 seed Carbon Hill in the championship game.

“I know our girls were really pumped up for that first game. They really wanted to beat Cordova because we had lost to them previously. They were really determined to get that one. After that, it just seemed like they stayed up all day. I felt the confidence in them. They seemed to have the mindset to win,” Cagle added.

Curry’s toughest test came against Parrish. The Lady Tornadoes took a 2-0 into the fifth, but the Lady Jackets battled back for the 4-3 win.

“That Parrish game was the most intense,” Cagle said.

Carbon Hill won its first three games of the tournament, knocking off Parrish and Oakman to win its pool. The Lady Bulldogs continued by upsetting Cordova 4-3 in eight innings in the semifinals.

For Curry, both Holli McGinnis and Ashley Swindle picked up wins on the mound.

Against Carbon Hill, Curry had 13 hits led by Shauna Rowe who had a double and a three-run home run. Taylor Black, Shannon Rowe and Ella Banks each finished 2 for 4, Lindsey Johnson had a triple while Gabby Englebert, Carlee Richardson, Jordan McPherson and Swindle each had hits.

Curry has just two seniors on the team, Richardson and Cara Woodley. The rest of the squad includes one junior, seven sophomores, two ninth graders and one eighth grader.

After Curry and Carbon Hill, Cordova and Parrish finished tied for third while Dora and Oakman tied for fifth.