By Carey Reeder | Personal editor
With the arrival of the snow, the Chilton County Softball Tournament has had a facelift and now all six area high schools will play 11 games over two days at Jemison High School. The six schools were divided into two or three groups of teams and each team would play two games on March 10, preparing the standings for the group game the following day.
Pool play began starting with Jemison and Thorsby High School in Game 1 of Pool B. Thorsby’s Makinley Turner pitched four innings on one hit, striking out eight batters in the process. The Rebels had 15 hits with Turner leading, 3-for-3 with five RBIs en route to a 14-0 win.
Thorsby followed up his first win by adding a second over Maplesville 4-3. Lindsey Burnett homered for three to give the Rebels a 4-1 lead late in the fifth inning.
Maplesville’s Jayla Nix answered with her own home run, a two-run shot to left field, to cut the lead to 4-3, but the comeback was short.
“We came out strong today and that’s what we were trying to do,” Thorsby head coach Holly Matson said. “Our bats were rolling better today, we’re excited and looking forward to getting there tomorrow and doing the same.”
Maplesville and Jemison ended March 10 and Group B action with the final game in a 5-1 Red Devils win.
Maplesville took an early 5-0 lead in two innings and five Jemison errors left no room for the Panthers’ comeback offer. Red Devil pitcher Lexi Smith allowed three hits in four innings with two strikeouts and an earned run. Makayla Lang drove Tori Adams on a groundout at second base in the third inning for Jemison’s lone run on March 10.
Pool A featured the county’s defending tournament champions, the Chilton County High School Tigers, and they kicked off pool play against Isabella High School.
The Tigers welcomed Tyeshia Williams back to the roster and the junior had five points to lead the CCHS to an 11-1 victory. She was 2 for 3 with a double, a home run and a walk.
Senior Emma Deason pitched five innings while allowing three hits and an earned run.
Megan Short hit a sacrificial fly down center to score Cadence Headley for Mustang’s lone run.
The CCHS played back-to-back matches on March 10 against Verbena High School directly after their win over Isabella.
“We hit the ball well and played great defense today,” Chilton County coach Johnny Giles said. “Overall I’m quite proud of our group, there’s always room for improvement, but we played well.”
The Tigers picked up where they left off and scored seven runs in the top of the first inning, capped by a triple from rookie Chloe Shiers. Williams, Jadyn Kurdziel and Anna Burnett all had two RBIs in the game.
Eighth-year CCHS pitcher Mallie Harrison allowed just one hit in shutting out the Red Devils in three innings.
Isabella and Verbena closed the Pool A game with the Red Devils beating the Mustangs 7-6. The Mustangs came first on the board when Anna Johnson picked a cross to tag Amelia Fjeldstad to give Isabella a 1-0 lead.
However, the lead was short-lived, with Verbena posting his seven runs in the bottom half of the first set. Jaycee Quinn and Kiara Ray each threw two-run homers in the inning and Alexis Smitherman scored two runs with a two-run RBI single.
Isabella threw everything at the Red Devils in the top of the second set scoring five runs in the frame to cut the deficit to 7-6. Three Verbena errors in the inning helped the Mustangs and Kristin Wilson had a one-run brace.
Jemison will face Verbena tomorrow (March 11) at 9 a.m. with Isabella and Maplesville to follow right after. These matches will decide who advances to the semi-finals against Thorsby and CCHS respectively.
The semi-final games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with the championship game following at 5 p.m.