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Hartselle, ABS, East Limestone win tourneys
Austin reaches semifinals in Albertville

From Staff Reports

Hartselle High swept four softball games and allowed only a single run on its way to the Tiger Classic championship this weekend.

Breanna Segars pitched three shutouts for the LadyTigers, who are ranked fourth in Class 5A.

Hartselle 8, Hazel Green 0: Breanna Segars got the Lady Tigers off to a good start by pitching a shutout. She struck out four in six innings of work and allowed two hits.

Kayla Orr was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double. Whitley Collins was 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double. Chandler Orr was 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI.

Hartselle 2, Haleyville 1: Kayla Orr helped pace the Lady Tigers to another win by slugging a solo home run. Whitley Collins brought the other run home with a sacrifice.

Winning pitcher Michel Fields worked six innings, struck out three and allowed six hits.

Hartselle 2, Buckhorn 0: Kayla Orr ripped a two-run homer in the first inning for all the runs Hartselle needed.

Segars pitched another shutout, giving up two hits in five innings. She struck out five.

Hartselle 3, Gardendale 0: Segars finished the day with a third shutout. Pitching in the championship game, she worked seven innings, gave up four hits and struck out five.

Chandler Orr was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Kayla Orr was 2-for-2 with a run. Collins drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Hartselle (24-5) will play at Huntsville on Monday.

East Limestone

The East Limestone softball team won all four games it played in the Tanner Varsity Tournament on Saturday.

Freshman Kayla Sneed pitched all four games because junior Morgan Franks was restricted to the designated-hitter position because of elbow problems in her pitching arm.

East Limestone 10, West Limestone 3: In the first game of pool play, the Lady Indians beat West Limestone.

Leading East Limestone at the plate were Morgan Franks and Carly Rhodes with a double and two singles each. Franks had one RBI, and Rhodes added two.

Jyssica Pepper had a double, a single and an RBI. Bess Rhodes added a double and two RBIs. Chelsea Turner had a single and one RBI, and Danielle Holder contributed a double.

Sneed pitched five innings, striking out two and giving up four hits.

East Limestone 6, Rogers 3: East Limestone scored four times in the eighth inning to win it.

Franks with a double, a single and two RBIs for East Limestone, while Sneed had a double and an RBI. Cassandra McKinney contributed two singles and an RBI, and Holder added a double.

Sneed went all eight innings, striking out five and giving up six hits.

East Limestone 7, West Limestone 5: The Lady Indians trailed 2-0 in the fourth inning before rallying.

The comeback began with a two-out single from McKinney, followed by a walk to Chelsea Turner and a two-run double from Bess Rhodes.

In the top of the fifth inning, East Limestone batted around, getting hits from six of the nine batters and scoring five runs.

Bess Rhodes had two doubles and three RBIs, while Franks contributed a triple and one RBI. Turner ripped a double and drove in one run. Sneed and McKenzie Crabtree had a single and one RBI each, while Pepper and McKinney singled once each.

Sneed pitched five innings, striking out three and giving up six hits.

East Limestone 7, Elkmont 2: In the championship game, the Lady Indians started out slow, giving up two runs early before producing eight hits in the final three innings.

Pepper and Carly Rhodes each had a double, a single and one RBI. Franks and Turner contributed two singles and two RBIs apiece.

Sneed went seven innings, striking out three and giving up four hits.


Austin took three wins in five games in the Albertville Invitational. After losing the opener to J.B. Pennington, the Lady Black Bears reeled off three straight wins before falling in the semifinals.

J.B. Pennington 6, Austin 5: Sarah Corn helped pace the Lady Black Bears with a double, a single, a run and two RBIs. Tara May added two runs and a pair of singles. Ali Barnette scored a run, doubled and drove in two runs.

J.B. Pennington entered as the No. 2-ranked team in 2A.

Austin 7, Guntersville 1: The Lady Black Bears scored all of their runs in the eighth inning.

Kristen Hill got the pitching win. She worked all eight innings and struck out eight.

May had a double, a single and a run and accounted for three RBIs.

Amy Anderson singled, doubled and scored a run. Melissa Thompson, Rebecca Stephenson, Haley Barnette, Kelsey Jeffreys and Bryonna Jackson each had a single.

Austin 4, Albertville 3: Anderson singled three times in the win. Corn added a single, a double and an RBI.

Ali Barnette had a double and two RBIs, while Thompson singled and scored twice. Stephenson singled and scored the winning run.

Elizabeth Gillespie got the pitching win.

Austin 7, Douglas 2: Hill got her second win of the tournament, while seven of her teammates contributed at least one hit.

Anderson had three singles again, scored once and drove in a run. Jackson had two singles and two runs. Corn added two singles, a run and an RBI, while Ali Barnette singled twice, drove in a run and scored once. May singled twice and had two RBIs. Stephenson singled and scored a run. Jeffreys singled and drove in a run.

Sylvania 6, Austin 2: Thompson had two singles and scored a run, while Corn had a single, a run and an RBI.

Stephenson, Ali Barnette and Jackson each singled once.

Austin (8-22)will host Decatur on Monday at 6 p.m.

Athens Bible

Ranked No. 1 in 1A, Athens Bible stormed to the championship of the Butler Invitational, outscoring its opponents by a combined 41-2 in four games.

Athens Bible 9, Catholic 2: The LadyTrojans started the tournament with a pool-play win. It turned out that this was the only game in which ABS allowed any runs.

Athens Bible 14, Randolph 0: In the second game of pool play, ABS blew out Randolph.

Athens Bible 8, Catholic 0: In the semifinals, ABS faced off against Catholic for the second time in the tournament.

Haley Sandberg got the win in this one, pitching all five innings, giving up one hit and striking out 11. Kirsten McClure had a home run, a single and two RBIs, and Abbie Melvin connected on a three-run homer.

Athens Bible 10, Randolph 0: The Lady Trojans ripped Randolph in the championship game to take the title.

Melvin picked up the win, tossing all five innings, giving up only one hit while striking out 11.

Keri Pender had a double and a triple on her way to five RBIs.

Melvin added a triple, a single and two RBIs. McClure and Emily Cathey each had a home run for ABS.

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