Prep Softball: Sumiton Christian, Lynn to battle at regional
by W. Brian Hale
May 10, 2014 | 1470 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian's Jenna Ergle heads to third base after an RBI triple against Belgreen at the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa on Friday. The Eagles take on Lynn at 9:30 a.m. today. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian's Jenna Ergle heads to third base after an RBI triple against Belgreen at the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa on Friday. The Eagles take on Lynn at 9:30 a.m. today. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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TUSCALOOSA — Sumiton Christian and Lynn separated themselves from the Class 1A pack at the North Central Regional Tournament on Friday.

The result is a meeting at 9:30 a.m. today with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Today’s winner will earn the No. 1 qualifier spot at the regional while the loser will have to win an elimination game later in the day to punch its ticket to the state tournament in Montgomery.

No. 1 Sumiton Christian outscored the competition 25-3 in blowout wins over Belgreen and Berry.

No. 3 Lynn defeated Tharptown 11-1 and South Lamar 4-1.

The Eagles and Bears have met three times this season with Sumiton Christian winning two of three, including a rematch for the Area 10 title.

In Class 3A, Cordova went 1-1 on Friday, beating American Christian and falling to Danville.

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Sumiton Christian 12, Belgreen 0

Jenna Ergle helped clinch a 12-0 Sumiton Christian win over Belgreen with a three-run homerun to top a 3 for 4, five RBI performance in the five inning victory. Kendall Beth Sides earned the win, giving one hit while striking out seven batters in four shutout innings. Anna Calloway closed the final inning.

Offensively, Kendell Hamm was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two doubles, while Katlyn Sides was a perfect 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a double. Abbie Brewster, Abbey Bice and Savanah Langston all recorded hits.

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Sumiton Christian 13, Berry 3

Berry jumped out to a first-inning lead before the Eagles’ offense took over with a seven-run fourth inning to turn a close game into a blowout.

Savanah Langston started the rally with a lead-off walk. Kendall Beth Sides had two hits in the inning. Katlyn Sides and Bice had hits and drove in runs.

Ergle was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. She also got the win in the circle, striking out nine Berry batters.

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Lynn 11, Tharptown 1

Tiffany Self surrendered two hits, two walks and a run, while striking out five batters in Lynn’s 11-1 five inning win over Tharptown.

Reagan Tittle went a perfect 2 for 2, scoring a run, recording an RBI and two doubles. Kydra Richard went 1 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Holly Murray was 1 for 3 with two runs scored.

Brooke Harris, Mac Tidwell, Emma Easley and Kelci McGough all recorded hits and scored runs.

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Lynn 4, South Lamar 1

Lynn built a lead and made it stand behind a second stellar start from Self as the Bears earned a 4-1 win over No. 8 South Lamar.

The Stallions are still alive at the regional tournament, but will have to win two games today to earn a spot in the state tournament.

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Cordova 11, American Christian 5

Faith Sims went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, with three runs scored and two doubles in Cordova’s 11-5 victory over American Christian Academy.

Hannah Ingram went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double, while Kaitlyn Herron and Chasity Kilpatric both went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Maggie Benson was 1 for 4 with two runs scored, Hannah McLemore went 1 for 4 with a run scored and a triple, while Justice Garner, Caitlyn Cole and Morgan Martin all recorded hits.

Sims gave up eight hits, five runs, five walks and struck out eight batters in the seven-inning win.

Cordova’s second game of the night, against Danville, wasn’t completed by press time.

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Danville 4, Cordova 2

The Hawks upset Cordova in the Blue Devils' second game of the day, winning 4-2.

The loss sent Cordova to the loser's bracket. While the Blue Devils still have a chance to earn a state tournament berth, they will have to win three straight games on Saturday to do so.

Cordova's road starts at 11 a.m. today against Northside at 11 a.m.