Sumiton Christian got a grand slam from Abbey Bice and a two-run shot from Kirsten Click en route to a 19-6 win in the opener.
The Eagles got out of a seventh-inning jam and earned a 7-4, 8-inning victory in the nightcap.
Sumiton Christian cruised into the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead in the second game. Dora rallied to notch the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and were one hit away from the upset victory.
That’s when Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt inserted pitcher Kendall Beth Sides, who got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters. The Eagles responded with three runs in the top of the eighth to earn the victory.
Seventh-grader Anna Calloway got the start and went 6 1/3 innings, striking out two. Kendall Beth Sides got the win, striking out three over the final 1 2/3 innings.
Kendall Beth Sides went 3 for 5 at the plate while both Jenna Ergle and Click added two hits.
In the opener, Sumiton Christian led 3-0 after two innings and put five on the scoreboard in the third inning with Bice delivering the big blow, a grand slam that drove in Click, Abbie Brewster and Jessie Boone for an 8-0 Sumiton Christian lead.
Dora put together a rally, cutting the lead to 9-5 after four innings, but Sumiton Christian retaliated with two runs in the fifth and eight more in the sixth to put the game away.
Every Sumiton Christian starter scored at least one run. Seven players scored at least two runs.
Kendall Beth Sides was 3 for 5 at the plate with three runs and a pair of RBIs, Brewster was 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI, Katlyn Sides was 2 for 5 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Bice was 1 for 4 with a home run, three runs and five RBIs, Click was 1 for 4 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs, Ergle was 1 for 4 with a double, one run and four RBIs while Jessie Boone finished 1 for 3 with two runs.
Sumiton Christian, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, plays in the Cullman Pre-State Blowout at Heritage Park this weekend.
The Eagles face American Christian and Gardendale today.
Sumiton Christian (34-13-1) hosts the Class 1A, Area 10 Tournament starting Wednesday, April 30.
Hayden 10, Curry 0, 5 innings
If there was any doubt beforehand as to whether Curry or Hayden deserved to be the top-ranked team in Class 5A, no such doubt lingered after Thursday’s game.
The No. 1 Wildcats shut down the No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets, putting up five quick runs in the first inning and four in the sixth for a 10-0 victory in six innings.
With Curry ace pitcher Ashlee Swindle still sidelined, Holli McGinnis got the start. She gave up a lead-off walk, a single, and two straight doubles before Katie Justice was brought in. Justice gave up another hit and another run on a well-executed squeeze play.
After that, Justice got back into the groove, giving up just two hits over the next 3 2/3 innings. She got some help from center fielder Haleigh Lane, who threw a bullet to catcher Emily Aaron to throw out Wildcat runner Chloe Kirkland.
Hayden pitcher Katie Parr gave up just four hits for the day. Two of them came from Curry’s first three batters.
Parr helped her own cause at the plate, with an RBI double in the first and a solo homer to center field in the fifth. She was in the batter’s box when Evin Bibb scored the 10th run on a wild pitch.
Hayden (34-2, 6-0 area) will host the area tournament next Thursday and Friday. Curry hosts Mountain Brook and Pelham today.
Cordova 11, Northside 0, 6 innings
Faith Sims tossed a one-hitter and also belted a three-run home run at the plate to lead No. 5 Cordova to an 11-0, six-inning victory at home Thursday.
Sims walked two and struck out 10 in the game.
At the plate, Hannah Ingram was 4 for 4 with an RBI, Grayson Kilpatrick was 2 for 2 with an RBI, Hanna McLemore was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Ansley Ardoin was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Cordova plays in the Northside Classic starting today.
The Blue Devils face Hale County at 4:30 p.m. and Sipsey Valley at 7:30 p.m.
Cordova plays Hamilton at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament at Winfield.
No. 9 Oakman 10, Sulligent 0, 5 innings
Senior Jordan Hadder secured a key Class 2A, Area 11 win for Oakman on Thursday, giving up just three hits while striking out six batters in five shutout innings for a 10-0 decision over the Sulligent Blue Devils at Oakman.
At the plate, Riley Brown went a perfect 3 for 3 with three runs scored, while Hadder and Ashlee Morrow both went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Jordan Harbison and Bailee Trotter each were 2 for 3 with run scored, Mallory Nunnelley was 2 for 3 with a triple and Autumn Custred and Peyton Wilcutt recorded hits.
The team’s three seniors — Hadder, Nunnelley and Morrow — were honored in a Senior Night ceremony following the game.
Oakman (21-10) plays in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament at Lamar County next week. The Wildcats face Cold Springs at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.