Prep Softball: Another area crown for Sumiton Christian
by W. Brian Hale
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Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle throws a pitch against Lynn in the Class 1A, Area 10 Tournament championship against Lynn on Thursday. She fired a five-hitter in the Eagles’ 7-0 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian’s Jenna Ergle throws a pitch against Lynn in the Class 1A, Area 10 Tournament championship against Lynn on Thursday. She fired a five-hitter in the Eagles’ 7-0 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — The top-ranked Sumiton Christian Eagles entered the Area 10 Tournament with the goals of securing a spot in the North Central Region Tournament and capturing the championship trophy.

In two days of action, the Eagles not only accomplished both goals, but left little doubt as to why they have been Class 1A’s No. 1 team throughout the season.

On Thursday, Sumiton Christian shut out the No. 3 Lynn Bears 7-0 in the tournament’s title game in a rematch of Wednesday’s winner’s bracket final.

The top two teams from each area earn spots at the regional tournament. Along with Sumiton Christian and Lynn, three area teams earned regional berths on Thursday.

Cordova took second place in the 3A, Area 12 Tournament at Winfield. Addison placed second in the 1A, Area 15 Tournament at Falkville while Curry played its way into the championship game in the 5A, Area 12 Tournament at Hayden.

At Sumiton Christian, through three appearances in the area tournament, the Eagles outscored their opponents 36-1.

In the championship final, Jenna Ergle earned the win for the Eagles, giving up five hits and four walks while striking out six batters in seven innings of play.

At the plate, Kendall Beth Sides was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and a double, while Kirsten Click was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Katlyn Sides was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Ergle went 1 for 2 with two runs scored and Abbie Brewster was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Savanah Langston and Kendell Hamm recorded hits and RBIs.

Mac Tidwell struck out two batters in the loss for Lynn. Offensively, Kendra Richard was 2 for 3, while Tidwell, Brooke Harris and Emma Easley recorded hits.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the first inning after Kendall Beth Sides scored on an error for the 1-0 advantage. After a scoreless second inning, Hamm drove-in Kendall Beth Sides to give Sumiton Christian the 2-0 third-inning lead.

Click earned one of her three RBIs for the day when she sent Ergle home on a single in the fourth inning, putting the Eagles further ahead, 3-0.

Sumiton Christian finalized the scoring in the fifth inning after four runners crossed the plate.

Katlyn Sides and Brewster drove-in runners on singles, while Click sent two runners home for the 7-0 victory.

The Bears, which locked-up the area’s second qualifying spot with a victory over the Marion County Red Raiders in the final round of the loser’s bracket, join the Eagles for the region tournament’s opening round next Friday in Tuscaloosa.

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Loser’s bracket final

Lynn 8, Marion County 2

Tiffany Self gave up four hits and two runs while striking out six batters in the Lynn Bears’ 8-2 victory, earning the team its first trip to the region tournament since 2012.

Offensively, Reagan Tittle went 2 for 4 with two runs scored while Emma Easley was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Brooklyn Beck and Holly Murray both went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Self was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI and Kelci McGough was 2 for 3. Mac Tidwell, Brooke Harris and Kendra Richard all recorded hits. Each member of the Lynn starting roster produced a hit for the contest.

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Loser’s bracket game

Marion County 5, Parrish 4

Jamie Hocutt gave up five runs, one walk and struck out five batters in the loss for the Tornadoes.

Mekya Hill was 3 for 4 with two runs scored to lead Parrish offensively, with Mary Sanford going 2 for 4 with a triple. Baleigh Robertson went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double, Hocutt was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Brianna Short was 2 for 3 with two doubles.

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Cordova goes 2-2 at Winfield

No. 5 Cordova won a pair of games against Hamilton and lost to Winfield in both the winner’s bracket final and the championship game of the 3A, Area 12 Tournament on Thursday.

Faith Sims threw a no-hitter and a one-hitter in her two games against Hamilton, both 3-0 Cordova wins.

In the opener, Sims allowed one hit and four walks while striking out 13.  Hanna McLemore was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Ansley Ardoin was 2 for 3 and Chasity Kilpatric was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Winfield blanked Cordova 10-0 in the winner’s bracket final. Hannah Ingram had the lone hit.

Sims pitched just two innings in the loss.

She bounced back with a no-hitter in Cordova’s 3-0 win over the Aggies in an elimination game.

Sims allowed one walk and struck out nine.

McLemore was 2 for 4 with an RBI while Ardoin was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Winfield won the area championship game 14-4.

With the runner-up finish, Cordova heads to Tuscaloosa for the regional tournament for the second straight season.

Cordova (35-16-1) plays at 5 p.m. next Friday.

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Curry wins two at Hayden

Curry is in the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament championship game at Hayden.

The Yellow Jackets won their first two games on Thursday, beating Mortimer Jordan 6-5 in eight innings in the opener and hammering top-ranked Hayden 12-6 in Thursday’s nightcap.

Curry will face the Hayden-Mortimer Jordan winner at 6:15 p.m. today.

The Yellow Jackets won the regional title last year while Hayden finished second at the regional. The Wildcats then rallied in Montgomery, winning the state championship.

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Oakman eliminated at Lamar County

Oakman lost its second area tournament game to Cold Springs on Thursday in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament at Lamar County. The Wildcats, who dropped a 12-10 decision to the Eagles on Wednesday, lost 9-3 in an elimination game on Thursday.

Ninth-ranked Oakman closes the season at 26-22. Lamar County won the area crown while Cold Springs finished as the runner up. Both teams will play in the North-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa next Friday.