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Hartselle pitcher Mary Curtis delivers to Priceville's Deleasa Henderson during the Morgan County softball tournament at Huskey Park in Florette on Thursday. Chandler Orr is the catcher.
Hartselle, Decatur start fast
Tigers, Red Raiders each
win 2 games in county tourney
By Brooke Milam
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FLORETTE — Hartselle High moved up to the top spot in Class 5A softball when the final Alabama Sports Writers Association poll of the season was released Thursday, and a few hours later, Hartselle took what coach Shane Alexander considers the next step towards a repeat trip to the state tournament.
"The goal is to win the state championship, but you need to start with winning your own county," Alexander said. And the Lady Tigers are off to a good start.
Hartselle and Decatur both swept a pair of games in opening-day pool play of the inaugural Morgan County softball tournament at Huskey Park.
The seven-team field includes Hartselle, Decatur, Austin, West Morgan, Brewer, Danville and Priceville.
Hartselle beat Priceville 5-0 and then defeated Austin 17-7 in five innings, while Decatur earned a couple of shutouts, beating Danville 10-0 and downing West Morgan 5-0.
Despite the Lady Red Raiders outscoring opponents 15-0 in the first day of the tournament, sophomore pitcher Mollie Russell said she and her Decatur teammates expected good competition and came motivated.
"We came out full force, and we'll come out full force again," Russell said.
Pool play will continue at Huskey Park on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and double-elimination bracket play will begin at 6:30.
Saturday's games will continue bracket play with games starting at 9 a.m.
The finals are scheduled for Saturday night at 7 at Brewer High.
Decatur 10, Danville 0: Leadoff batter/catcher Whitney Fletcher and shortstop Lindsey Hawkins each homered in the contest, pacing a hot day at the plate for the Lady Red Raiders.
Fletcher had a two-run homer and a single in the game, while Hawkins knocked a solo homer and two-run homer.
Also for Decatur, Abi Lott delivered two singles and Paris Owens had a double and a single.
Meg Whitten pitched the win for Decatur, striking out two batters and allowing two hits.
Whitten also hit a double and had a sacrifice bunt in the victory.
Kristen Thompson was on the mound for Danville, striking out four.
Bethany Evans and Mallory George each had a single for the Lady Hawks.
Decatur 5, West Morgan 0: Pitchers for both teams did their job on the mound.
Decatur's Russell struck out 12 batters and allowed one hit for the win, while Seibert had 10 strikeouts in taking the loss.
For Decatur (32-14), Hawkins, Whitten, Jennifer Lawrence, Jelisa Thompson and Scarlett Wright each had a single.
Whitten had two RBIs for the Lady Red Raiders.
Thompson, Russell and Paris Owens each batted in a run for Decatur.
West Morgan (29-10) got its lone hit on a single from Hannah Harris.
West Morgan 8, Brewer 6: A double by West Morgan's Sara Hulvey turned into an in-park home run off Brewer errors and scored three runs to tie the score at 6 in the fifth inning.
The Lady Rebels used that momentum to tack on two more runs for the win.
Lauryn Kilgo had two singles and an RBI for the Lady Rebels.
Seibert struck out nine batters and allowed five hits in earning the win.
For Brewer (4-19), Meagan Hormel had a single and a double, driving in three runs and scored two runs.
The Lady Patriots' McKinsey Stump had a double, a single and an RBI, and Brittney Mathews added a single.
On the mound for Brewer, Megan Lawrence struck out five.
Danville 4, Brewer 0: Kristen Thompson earned the win on the mound for the Lady Hawks, striking out eight batters and allowing three hits.
Danville's Brianna Callahan and Kristen Sparkman each hit a double.
Callahan added three RBIs to lead the Lady Hawks at the plate.
Teammate Nicole Linderman had a pair of singles for Danville (18-14), and Bethany Evans contributed a single and an RBI.
Brewer's Hormel, Jessica Henderson and Genie Browning each had a single.
Candice Ford struck out one, getting the start on the mound for the Lady Patriots.
Hartselle 5, Priceville 0: Hartselle's Mary Curtis took command of the mound, striking out 10 batters and allowing two hits.
Kristy Pevahouse led off for the winners, hitting a double, two singles and scoring a run.
Audrey McClanahan had a pair of singles and two RBIs for the Lady Tigers, and Sara Lang hit a single, had an RBI and scored twice.
Also for Hartselle, Catie Keel had a single, an RBI and scored a run. Chandler Orr had a single and scored a run, and Haley Miller had an RBI.
Priceville eighth grader Danielle Richard had a pair of singles and classmate Presley Darling struck out two batters, on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs.
Hartselle 17, Austin 7: Kayla Orr gave the Lady Tigers three singles in the win.
McClanahan added two doubles and two RBIs, and Michel Fields had a double and two RBIs.
Hartselle's Breanna Segars had a pair of singles and an RBI.
Also for the Lady Tigers, Miller hit two singles with a pair of RBIs, and Whitley Collins had a double and an RBI.
Lang and Chandler Orr each contributed a single, and Keel had an RBI.
Curtis got the start for Hartselle (38-9) and struck out two batters in 4 2/3 innings before being relieved by Segars. Segars struck out three in 1 1/3 innings.
Melissa Thompson blasted a two-run homer for Austin.
Lauren Lindsey had a single and two RBIs, and Rebecca Stephenson and Chelsey Stewart each hit a single.
Stewart and Bryonna Jackson each had an RBI for Austin.
Austin 10, Priceville 7: The Lady Black Bears rallied in the fifth inning.
Tied at 5, Austin scored four runs in the fifth to go up 9-5 and tacked on another run in the sixth.
Ali Barnette hit a double and drove in three of the Lady Black Bears' runs.
Rudi Acklin also hit a double for Austin (14-28), and Rebecca Stephenson and Haley Barnette each hit a single.
Lauren Lindsey had an RBI.
For Priceville (20-18), Meaghan Bond had two singles and drove in two runs.
Also for the Lady Bulldogs, Darling and Deleasa Henderson each had a double and an RBI.
Emily Childers had a pair of singles for the Lady Bulldogs, and Chasity Martin had two RBIs.
Richard, Sumer Boyd, Caitlin Williams and Whitney White each gave Priceville a single.
Bond struck out five on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs.
Here are the scores of Thursday’s contests in the Morgan County softball tournament played at Florette:
Decatur 10, Danville 0
Decatur 5, West Morgan 0
West Morgan 8, Brewer 6
Danville 4, Brewer 0
Hartselle 5, Priceville 0
Hartselle 17, Austin 7
Austin 10, Priceville 7
Audrey McClanahan, Hartselle: Had a consistent bat for the Lady Tigers, totaling two doubles, two singles and four RBIs in Hartselle’s two wins.
Lauren Seibert, West Morgan: Pitched two complete games for the Lady Rebels, striking out a total of 19 batters.
Lindsey Hawkins, Decatur: Hit two home runs in a 10-0 shutout of Danville. Blasted a solo home run in the first inning and added a two-run homer in the contest.
Ali Barnette, Austin: Had a double and batted in three runs, the difference in a 10-7 win over Priceville.
Megan Hormel, Brewer: Helped the Lady Patriots at the plate in a close contest with West Morgan, hitting a double and a single with three RBIs. Also scored two runs in the 8-6 loss to the Lady Rebels.
Meaghan Bond, Priceville: Had a pair of singles and drove in a pair of runs for the lady Bulldogs in a 10-7 loss to Austin.
Brianna Callahan, Danville: Drove in three runs for the Lady Hawks in a 4-0 shutout of Brewer.
- Brooke Milam
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