Prep Softball: Sumiton Christian edges Lynn in battle of top teams
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian pitcher Jenna Ergle fires a pitch against Lynn during their game Tuesday night at Lynn High School. No. 1 Sumiton Christian defeated No. 2 Lynn 9-7 in 8 innings. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian pitcher Jenna Ergle fires a pitch against Lynn during their game Tuesday night at Lynn High School. No. 1 Sumiton Christian defeated No. 2 Lynn 9-7 in 8 innings. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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LYNN — Lynn battled back from a five-run deficit over the final two innings, but Sumiton Christian’s final surge proved to be too much to overcome.

Sumiton Christian scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and finally finished off Lynn 9-7 in Tuesday’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.

With the game notched at 6-6 after seven innings, top-ranked Sumiton Christian got an RBI single from Kendall Beth Sides and a two-run single from Kendell Hamm to take a 9-6 lead.

Lynn pushed across one run in the bottom of the eighth before falling short.

Second-ranked Lynn (22-2) took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Reagan Tittle solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.

Sumiton Christian tied the game in the second with Katlyn Sides reaching base on a single and scoring on a passed ball. The Eagles took the lead an inning later, scoring three runs.

Kendall Beth Sides scored on a double by Hamm and Jenna Ergle followed with a two-run blast over the left-field fence.

The Eagles (10-4) scored two more runs in the fourth for a 6-1 lead.

Down five runs with only four outs left, Lynn put together a rally.

Tittle’s two-run double cut the gap to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Lynn scored both runs with two outs.

The Bears continued their rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three more runs to send the game to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, a Jessie Boone single and a pair of walks set up the Eagles’ three-run inning.

Sumiton Christian’s Ergle got the victory, allowing eight runs — five earned— on seven hits and seven walks while striking out eight.

Hamm finished 3 for 5 with a run and three RBIs for Sumiton Christian, Kendall Beth Sides was 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs, Katlyn Sides was 2 for 4 with a double and a run, Ergle had a two-run home run while Boone, Abbey Bice and Savanah Langston each had hits.

Tiffany Self took the loss for Lynn. Tittle finished the game 2 for 3 with two walks, a home run and three RBIs, Holly Murray was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run while Self, Brooke Harris and Kelci McGough each had hits for the Bears.

Lynn plays at Carbon Hill on Thursday while Sumiton Christian hosts Dora at 2 p.m. today.

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Cordova 3, Hamilton 0

Faith Sims held Hamilton to one hit as the No. 8 Cordova Blue Devils blanked Hamilton 3-0 at home on Tuesday.

Sims walked four and struck out eight in seven innings.

Cordova got all the offense it would need in the second inning when Grayson Kilpatric singled, stole second and third base and scored on a Justice Garner sacrifice fly. The Blue Devils added another run in the fourth when Ansley Ardoin walked and came across on a Garner RBI single. Hannah Ingram scored the final run in the fifth. She led off the inning with a double, stole third base and scored on Ardoin’s ground out.

Kilpatric finished 2 for 3 with a run for Cordova while Garner was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

Cordova won despite leaving 10 runners on base

Cordova (7-6-1, 2-0) plays at No. 5 Winfield on Thursday. Both teams are tied atop the area standings with 2-0 records.

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Carbon Hill 9, Dora 4

Carbon Hill evened its area record, beating Dora 9-4 at the road Tuesday.

The Bulldogs broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.

Tessa Ivey got the win, allowing four runs — two earned — on 10 hits. She struck out five batters.

Jessica Hurst led a balanced Carbon Hill attack at the plate, going 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs, Katie Moore was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases, a run and an RBI, Savanna Lawson was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Ivey was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Molli Clark was 1 for 4 with a double, Kenna Alexander was 1 for 3 with a run, Makaela Mote scored two runs and Korey Tidwell scored a run.

For Dora, Jazz McRoy took the loss. She allowed 11 hits and four walks while striking out six in seven innings.

Lindsey Johnson, Madisen Bencko, Emily Owens and McRoy each had two hits for Dora.

Carbon Hill (6-8, 1-1) hosts Lynn Thursday.

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Oakman 11, Sulligent 0, 5 innnings

Oakman’s Kamree Lay and Carmen Hadder combined on a five-inning no-hitter Tuesday as the Wildcats shut out Sulligent 11-0 on the road.

Lay went the first four innings, striking out six. Hadder went the final innings, striking out two.

At the plate for Oakman (7-9, 1-1), Peyton Willcutt was 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs, Bailee Trotter was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, Ashlee Morrow was 2 for 3 with a run and Mallory Nunnelley was 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.

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Curry 4, Vestavia Hill 3, 9 innings

Top-ranked Curry needed two extra innings to continue its winning ways on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets beat Vestavia Hills 4-3 in nine innings at Curry High School.

Curry was coming off a perfect weekend in the Red and Blue Classic at Vestavia Hills. The Jackets defeated Thompson (3-2), Oak Mountain (4-1), Chelsea (1-0) and Mountain Brook (2-0).

The Yellow Jackets host Parrish on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.