Prep Softball: Sumiton Christian's Ergle shuts down Walker
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Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle throws a pitch against Walker during the Eagles’ 9-1 victory at Memorial Park on Tuesday. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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Jenna Ergle tossed a one-hitter as the Sumiton Christian Eagles picked up a 9-1 win over Walker at Memorial Park on Tuesday. Ergle, an eighth grader, walked one batter and struck out nine to get the victory.

The Eagles put the game away early, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings for a 6-0 lead. Sumiton Christian, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, added a run in the fourth inning and two in the sixth.

Kendall Beth Sides led the team at the plate, going 5 for 5 with three runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Kendell Hamm was 4 for 5 with three runs and two RBIs while Ergle finished 2 for 2 with a run and three RBIs. Katlyn Sides, Savannah Deluca and Kirsten Click each added hits.

Sumiton Christian finished 2-4 in the Springville Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Eagles lost to Pisgah, the No. 1 team in 3A, as well as Class 5A teams Etowah, Springville and Moody. Sumiton Christian picked up wins over Gardendale (5-3) and Alexandria (5-0).

The Eagles (13-7) are scheduled to play at Parrish in a Class 1A, Area 10 matchup beginning at 3:30 p.m. today.

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Carbon Hill 6, Corner 3

At Carbon Hill, Caroline Dodd belted a grand slam to cap off a six-run second inning as the Bulldogs earned their first area victory with a 6-3 home win over the Corner Yellow Jackets.

Corner held an early 1-0 lead before the Bulldogs erupted in the bottom of the second.

Ansley Madison got the win on the mound for Carbon Hill. She allowed five hits, three walks and three runs — one earned — while striking out five.

“Ansley threw it great today and we had a big second inning. This was a very good win for us. We just have to keep playing together and believe in our selves,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.

At the plate, Dodd finished 1 for 3 with her grand slam, Katie Martin was 1 for 3 with a run, Korey Tidwell was 1 for 3, Meagan Bice, Kenna Alexander and Abby Tittle each scored runs. Makaela Mote had an RBI and a run.

Carbon Hill (10-11, 1-2) has cancelled its area game at Oak Grove set for Thursday.

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Mortimer Jordan 2, Curry 1, 8 innings

At Curry, Mortimer Jordan broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the eighth inning to edge Curry 2-1 in their area showdown Tuesday at Curry High School.

The game was a matchup of top 10 teams.

No. 7 Mortimer Jordan broke a scoreless tie with a fourth-inning home run. No. 3 Curry tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Shauna Rowe double, Haleigh Lane reached on a bunt single and Gabby Englebert singled to drive in pinch-runner Holli McGinnis.

Curry’s Ashlee Swindle took the loss on the mound.

Curry (13-7) had a strong showing in the Gulf Shores Shootout last week, going 5-2 in the event. The Yellow Jackets defeated Spain Park (4-1), lost to No. 1-ranked Sparkman (1-0), defeated DAR (6-0), beat Alexandria (5-0), beat Southside-Gadsden (3-0), defeated New Hope (10-0) and lost to Cordova (3-2).

Curry is scheduled to play at Winfield at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Cordova finishes 5-3 in Gulf Shores

Cordova finished 16th out of 68 teams at the Gulf Shores Shootout last week.

The Blue Devils were 5-3 in the event.

Cordova (17-7-1) opened with a 2-0 victory over Benjamin Russell. The Blue Devils fell to Sardis (6-2), lost to Hoover (8-3), beat Hale County (5-1), beat Mars Hill Bible (2-0), beat Southside, Tenn. (3-2), Curry (3-2) and lost to Central-Phenix City (1-0).

In the tournament, Faith Sims pitched 35 innings, allowing one earned run on 16 hits and 12 walks while striking out 76 strikeouts.

During the single-elimination tournament, Cordova’s Ansley Ardoin was 3 for 3 with two RBIs against Southside while Madison Westbrook was 2 for 3 and both Sims and Hannah McLemore added hits.

In the victory over Curry, Sims had 11 strikeouts while Maggie Benson, Justice Garner and Morgan Martin each went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

In the loss to Central-Phenix City, Sims struck out 13 batters in five innings in the loss.