Curry, Sumiton Christian stay alive at state
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Curry’s Kaylee Horton heads home after an RBI hit from Logan Black during Friday’s win over Briarwood Christian. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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MONTGOMERY — Curry and Sumiton Christian’s state title aspirations are still alive after Friday’s opening day at the State Softball Tournament, but both teams will have to fight their way through the loser’s bracket today in Montgomery.

Curry won its opener in the Class 5A bracket against Briarwood Christian, but dropped a hard-fought 2-1 game to top-ranked Scottsboro in the nightcap.

In Class 1A, Sumiton Christian lost to three-time defending state champion Ragland 6-5 in its opener, but bounced back with a 3-2 win over Athens Bible.

Both teams play elimination games at 9 a.m. today.

Curry will face the Shelby County Wildcats.

Sumiton Christian will battle No. 6 Decatur Heritage.

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No. 1 Scottsboro 2, No. 7 Curry 1

The Yellow Jackets held an 11-6 hitting edge and had numerous opportunities to score with runners in scoring position against the top-ranked Scottsboro Wildcats — but Curry was unable to capitalize as they fell 2-1 in the second round of the Class 5A tournament.

Curry’s Ashlee Swindle gave up six hits, four walks, two runs and struck out four batters in the loss.

At the plate, Kaylee Horton went 3 for 4 to lead the Yellow Jackets, while Swindle was 2 for 3. Taylor Black went 2 for 4, Jordan McPherson was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Ella Banks was 1 for 2 with a run scored.

After the Wildcats scored both of their runs in the first and third innings, the Yellow Jackets put their lone score on the board in the sixth inning when McPherson drove in Banks on an RBI single for the 2-1 final.

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No. 7 Curry 11, Briarwood Christian 3

Curry broke open a 3-3 game open with an eight-run fourth inning in the opener for both teams.

Briarwood Christian jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but Curry notched the game in the bottom of the inning thanks to RBI singles from Black, Shannan Rowe and Haleigh Lane.

In the bottom of the fourth, Curry’s Gabby Englebert singled to open the inning. After two outs, the next eight batters reached base for Curry. Lane, Banks and Shauna Rowe recorded three consecutive RBI doubles in the inning.

In the game, Horton was 3 for 4 with two runs, Black was 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs, Shannan Rowe was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Lane was 3 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Banks was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Shauna Rowe was 2 for 4 and two runs and an RBI, Englebert was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Swindle was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

Swindle got the win. She allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out 10.

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No. 3 Sumiton Christian 3, No. 7 Athens Bible 2

Sumiton Christian successfully rebounded from its opening loss to defeat the seventh-ranked Athens Bible Trojans, 3-2 — keeping the Eagles’ hopes of a second-consecutive state championship game appearance alive.

The Eagles overcame a 2-1 deficit with an RBI single from Katlyn Sides in the sixth inning, followed by a seventh-inning score by Haley Weigant to clinch the 3-2 final.

Jenna Ergle picked up the win for the Eagles, giving up four hits, two runs, a walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Ergle also had an impressive game at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Kendall Beth Sides went 1 for 3 with two runs scored. Katlyn Sides was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Weigant went 1 for 3 with a run scored.

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No. 4 Ragland 6, No. 3 Sumiton Christian 5

Ragland blooped and bunted its way past Sumiton Christian in their Class 1A State Tournament opener.

The Purple Devils hit one ball out of the infield in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that proved to be enough as Ragland earned the narrow win.

Sumiton Christian led 4-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Ragland took advantage of two infield hits and a Callie Kay two-out double to cut the gap to 4-3. The Devils weren't done. Makenley Oliver delivered a two-run single to put Ragland up 5-4.

Sumiton Christian tied the game on the first pitch in the top of the seventh inning when Ergle came through with a solo home run to left centerfield.

With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Ragland's Lexi Goodwin walked to lead off the inning. After a Payton Bearden single, the runners moved up on a double steal and Carley Echols followed with the game-winning single.

For the Eagles, Kendell Hamm was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Ergle was 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, Kendall Beth Sides was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Katlyn Sides was 2 for 4, Weigant was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Savanah Langston was 1 for 3 with a run and both Kirsten Click and Jessica Boone added hits.

Ragland's Goodwin was 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs and Makenley Oliver was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Ergle got the loss in relief of Kendall Beth Sides. Ergle allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one in three innings.