Prep Softball: No. 2 Curry win away from state berth
by W. Brian Hale
May 10, 2014 | 1017 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry's Kaylee Horton tags out a Springville base runner during Friday's game in the North Central Regional Tournament at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. Curry plays again at 8 a.m. Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Curry's Kaylee Horton tags out a Springville base runner during Friday's game in the North Central Regional Tournament at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. Curry plays again at 8 a.m. Saturday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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TUSCALOOSA — For nine innings, Curry couldn’t come through with a clutch hit against Springville.

Every time the Yellow Jackets made solid contact, a Springville defender always seemed perfectly positioned for the out.

In the end, it came down to a blooper.

Curry’s Emma Banks gave the Yellow Jackets the victory with a bloop single over the third baseman allowing Kaylee Horton to score the game-winning run in a 2-1, nine-inning victory.

With the win, Curry moved a step closer to a return trip to the state tournament in Montgomery.

Curry needs one win today to finish as either the No. 1 qualifier or No. 2 qualifier at the North Central Regional Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets play at 8 a.m. today at Tuscaloosa’s Sokol Park.

The Yellow Jackets opened the day with an 11-1 rout of Brookwood.

Two other area teams stayed alive in their regional tournaments.

Addison won its opener in the North Regional Tournament in Huntsville while Corner split its first two games to remain alive in the South Central Regional Tournament in Troy.

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Curry 2, Springville 1, 9 innings

Ashlee Swindle got the win for the Yellow Jackets, giving up two hits, four walks, no runs and striking out three batters in the final six innings of play.

Katie Justice pitched the first three innings, giving up four hits, a run, a walk, while striking out two batters.

Banks finished the game with a 2 for 4 performance, while Horton, Shannon Rowe, Shauna Rowe, Katie Justice and Gabbie Englebert recorded hits. After Springville opened the game with a 1-0 lead, Curry answered in the sixth inning with an RBI double by Englebert to tie the contest at 1-1. The game remained tied until the bottom of the ninth, when Horton crossed the plate for the win.

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Curry 11, Brookwood 1

The pitching duo of Katie Justice and Ashley Swindle combined to give up five hits, one runs, no walks and struck out nine batters in six innings of action. The Yellow Jackets top batters were Courtney Howze, going 2 for 3 with three runs scored, an RBI, a double and a triple, while Kaylee Horton was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double.

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Addison, Corner stay alive

Addison won its opening Class 1A game at the North Regional Tournament in Huntsville on Friday, blanking Skyline 7-0. The Bulldogs fell to Athens Bible 14-2 in their nightcap, making Addison's road to state that much tougher.

Addison will have to win three straight games today to make it out of the regional.

The Bulldogs take on Spring Garden at 9:30 a.m. in an elimination game.

Corner split its first two games at Troy on Friday.

The Yellow Jackets dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to No. 2 Handley in their opening game. Corner stayed alive with a 3-0 win over Childersburg in an elimination game.

Corner will have to fight its way through the loser’s bracket today to finish in the top 2.