Prep Softball: Lynn blanks No. 1 Sumiton Christian
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Lynn’s Tiffany Self throws a pitch to a Sumiton Christian batter during their game at Sumiton Christian High School on Tuesday. Third-ranked Lynn beat top-ranked Sumiton Christian 5-0. Photo by W. Brian Hale
Lynn’s Tiffany Self throws a pitch to a Sumiton Christian batter during their game at Sumiton Christian High School on Tuesday. Third-ranked Lynn beat top-ranked Sumiton Christian 5-0. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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SUMITON — Round 2 goes to Lynn.

The third-ranked Bears evened up the season series with top-ranked Sumiton Christian with a 5-0 road win on Tuesday.

Lynn scored a pair of runs in the first inning.

That was more than enough offense for Lynn’s Tiffany Self, who held the Eagles’ lineup to four hits. Self stuck out two and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings and retired the last 11 batters she faced.

Sumiton Christian won the first meeting between the teams 9-7 in eight innings. The loss started a three-game losing streak for the Bears.

“We let one slip away that first time and we took that one with us for a couple of games,” Lynn coach Philip Smith said.

The Bears have reeled off six straight wins since. Lynn, which won the Tiger Invitational Tournament in Arley over the weekend, has outscored its opponents 61-2 over that stretch.

“We had a little break and I feel like we came back ready to play,” Smith added. “I can’t say enough about the way that we played today. We had timely hits, played great defense and Tiffany pitched great. To hold that team to zero runs, that’s pretty good. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Lynn’s first two batters, Reagan Tittle and Emma Easley started the game off with back-to-back singles. Tittle stole two bases and came around to score. Easley scored on Holly Murray’s sac fly for a 2-0 lead. The Bears added two more runs in the third inning. Easley and Murray both drew walks and came around to score.

Lynn’s final run came in the fifth inning when Murray reached base with two outs and scored on Brooke Harris’ RBI double to make the score 5-0.

Easley led the team, going 2 for 3 with two stolen bases, two runs and an RBI. Murray was 1 for 1 with two runs and an RBI, Tittle was 1 for 4 with two stolen bases and a run, Harris was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and both Self and Kelci McGough added hits.

For Sumiton Christian, Katlyn Sides, Kendall Beth Sides, Jenna Ergle and Kirsten Click had hits. Ergle took the loss, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

“Those are two good teams right there,” Lynn coach Philip Smith said. “There’s no telling how many times we’re going to play them this year.”

Lynn (28-4) opens play in the Winston County Softball Tournament Friday at Double Springs.  Sumiton Christian (23-10) plays at Brilliant on Thursday and competes in the Shelby Showdown Tournament on Friday and Saturday.