Long road ahead for Curry, Sumiton Christian
by W. Brian Hale
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Curry's Courtney Howze, center, and softball coach Annah Cagle, right, check on Haleigh Lane after she dove into second base during Thursday's state tournament game vs. Hartselle. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Curry's Courtney Howze, center, and softball coach Annah Cagle, right, check on Haleigh Lane after she dove into second base during Thursday's state tournament game vs. Hartselle. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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MONTGOMERY — Curry and Sumiton Christian opened the State Softball Tournament with high hopes.

After Thursday’s opening day of the double-elimination tournament at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park both teams are still alive, but there is no room for error.

Sumiton Christian (48-14-1) lost its opening game to Brantley before bouncing back with a pair of wins heading into today’s play.

The Eagles take on Kinston at 10:30 a.m. today in an elimination game.

Curry (46-8) won its opener, but lost to Hartselle in its second game. The Jackets followed with a win over Rehobeth in an elimination matchup.

The Yellow Jackets play Briarwood Christian at 10:30 a.m. today with the loser going home.

Both teams need three consecutive victories today to earn a championship.

Winners of the 10:30 a.m. games play again at 1:30 p.m.

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Sumiton Christian Eagles

Game 1 - Winner’s bracket

Brantley 4, Sumiton Christian 1

The Brantley Bulldogs scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Eagles 4-1.

Kendall Beth Sides scored a run and recorded a triple, while Katlyn Sides and Abbey Bice each had a double.

Jenna Ergle gave up eight hits and six walks, while striking out six batters in seven innings in the loss for the Eagles.

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Game 2 - Consolation bracket

Sumiton Christian 5, Ragland 1

Jenna Ergle sent the ball out of the park for a three-run homerun in Sumiton Christian’s 5-1 victory over the Ragland Purple Devils.

Kendell Hamm got the Eagles on the board first with a two-run single in the third inning, then was followed by Ergle’s slam to establish the 5-0 advantage.

Hamm was 1 for 3 for the contest, while Ergle went 2 for 3. Kendall Beth Sides went 2 for 4 with a run scored, Savanah Langston was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Kirsten Click was 1 for 3.

Sides also picked up the win in the circle, giving up two hits, four walks and striking out six batters in seven innings.

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Game 3 - Consolation bracket

Sumiton Christian 15, Billingsley 5

The Eagles rolled up 16 hits and scored in every inning in the 15-5 win over the Billingsley Bears.

Jenna Ergle got the victory in the circle, giving up nine hits and three walks, while striking out seven batters in six innings of action.

Abbie Brewster was flawless at the plate for Sumiton Christian, going 4 for 4 with four runs scored, an RBI and a double.

Abbey Bice was also perfect, going 3 for 3 with three runs scored, two RBIs, two doubles and a triple. Kendall Beth Sides was 3 for 4 with two runs scored, an RBI and four stolen bases, Kirsten Click was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Katlyn Sides, Jessie Boone and Savanah Langston all recorded hits and scored runs, and Ergle hit her 24th home run of the year on a two-run blast.

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Curry Yellow Jackets

Game 1 - Winner’s bracket

Curry 9, Saraland 4

The Yellow Jackets rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Saraland Spartans, 9-4.

Katie Justice pitched the first three innings for Curry, giving up two hits, two runs and a walk while striking out two batters. Ashlee Swindle gave up ten hits, two runs and a walk, while striking out two batters in the final four innings.

Offensively, Haleigh Lane was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two doubles and an RBI to lead the Yellow Jackets offensively, while Gabby Englebert was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a double. Kaylee Horton was 2 for 3, Emily Aaron went 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Courtney Howze, Shannan Rowe, Shauna Rowe and Katie Justice all recorded hits.

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Game 2 - Winner’s bracket

Hartselle 4, Curry 1

The Hartselle Tigers pulled away from a 1-0 Yellow Jacket lead with a four-run, fourth inning surge and securing a 4-1 victory.

Katie Justice pitched the first three shutout innings for Curry, giving up one hit, two walks while striking out a batter. Ashlee Swindle gave up two hits, and five walks, while striking out four batters in the final four innings.

Shauna Rowe was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a double, with Gabby Englebert was 1 for 3 with a run scored. Shannan Rowe and Emily Aaron also had hits.

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Game 3 - Consolation bracket

Curry 8, Rehobeth 0

Ashlee Swindle gave up three hits and three walks while striking out six batters in seven shutout innings in Curry’s 8-0 victory over the Rehobeth Rebels.

The Yellow Jackets did their damage with a five-run, third-inning performance — then scored an additional three runs in the sixth inning.

Emily Aaron was a perfect 2 for 2, with two runs scored, an RBI and a homerun to lead Curry, while Haleigh Lane was 2 for 3 a run scored and two RBIs. Shannan Rowe was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs and Kaylee Horton was 1 for 3 with two runs scored. Courtney Howze, Ella Banks and Swindle all recorded hits.