Lady Eagles wins 3rd straight area tourney title
by Johnathan Bentley
May 08, 2012 | 1172 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian third baseman Kendell Hamm throws to first during Monday’s area championship game against American Christian. The Lady Eagles won their third straight area tournament title, beating the Lady Patriots 3-0. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — One down, two to go for Sumiton Christian.

The second-ranked Lady Eagles picked up the first of what they hope are three tournament titles on Monday.

Sumiton Christian topped American Christian 3-0 to win the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament title at Sumiton Christian School.

Now the Lady Eagles are hoping for the same result at the regional and state tournaments.

Next up for the Lady Eagles (45-15) is a game against Woodland set for 3:30 p.m. Friday at the North-Central Regional Tournament at Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills.

The top two teams from the regional tournament advance to the State Tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt likes the way her team is playing going into the regional tournament.

“It took us a while to come together as a team, but we have come togeher at the right time. It’s been a difficult year with injuries, but everything has come together for us right here at the end,” Aderholt said. “Our pitchers have done a great job and we’ve been hitting the ball throughout the lineup. Our defense could be better. I think we will get that worked out this week.”

Against ACA, the Lady Eagles took an early lead, but were slowed due to a two-hour rain delay. When play resumed, Sumiton Christian recorded the final three outs to pick up the five-inning victory.

Sumiton Christian pushed across three runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to three consecutive hits.

Kendell Hamm led off the inning with a single. Kendall Beth Sides followed with an RBI triple and Clara Bowen got a triple of her own to put Sumiton Christian up 2-0. Bowen scored on a throwing error for the final run.

On the mound, Katie Justice got the win, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Cadi Oliver went the final inning, striking out two.

Justice, Kathryn Warren and T’Ebonie Tanner also had hits for Sumiton Christian, which won its third straight area title.

A total of five area teams are headed to the North-Central Regional Tournament.

Parrish opens up against Coosa Christian while Lynn plays Jacksonville Christian and Meek takes on Faith Christian. All three games are set for 3:30 p.m. In Class 3A, Carbon Hill faces White Plains at 5 p.m. Friday.