W. Morgan sweeps six wins to capture Cullman crown
From Staff Reports
West Morgan Highís softball team swept its way to the Cullman Invitational championship, winning all six games it played, including a 6-1 championship game victory over Sylvania.
Lauren Seibert picked up the win in that game, tossing seven innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out seven. Lauryn Kilgo went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple and an RBI. Ashley Thorn added a single and an RBI. Also for the Lady Rebels (38-12), Mikaila Etheredge had an RBI and Hannah Harris went 2-for-3 with two singles.
West Morgan opened the tournament going 3-0 in pool play, defeating Hanceville 11-0 and Phil Campbell 2-1 on Friday night. In the final pool-play game Saturday morning, the Lady Rebels beat J.B. Pennington 4-1 as Seibert picked up the win. She pitched a six-inning one-hitter and struck out six. Harris went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, and Rachel Harbin and Hayden Hamby each had a single.
The Lady Rebels opened the knockout round with a 13-2 win over Colbert County. Seibert again picked up the win, going four innings, giving up three hits while striking out eight. Kilgo led the team with a single, a double and four RBIs, while Etheredge, Whitlee Potter and Sara Hulvey each had an RBI.
In the tournament semifinals, West Morgan defeated Colbert Heights 2-1 behind Seibertís two-hitter. She struck out six en route to the win. Kilgo had an RBI and a double. Hamby brought home the winning run in the sixth with a sacrifice bunt.
The Lady Red Devils, also participating in the Cullman Invitational, went 3-1, going undefeated in pool play before falling to Mortimer Jordan 7-0 in the elimination round. Morgan Smith, Whitney Hood and Sallie Beth Burch each had singles in the loss.
Lawrence County (40-14) began the day with a 3-0 win over Pell City. Kaylyn Smith took the win from the mound, going five innings in which she gave up five hits and struck out one. Carlie Borden led the Lady Red Devils at the plate, getting a double, a single and two RBIs.Whitney Hood had a double, and Nicole Jackson and Amber Dalton each singled.
In the second game, Lawrence County rolled to a 7-0 win over West Point. Ashley Pitt picked up the win, scattering three hits over five innings while striking out five. Summer Wilkerson had a solo homer in the fourth inning and also singled. Burch added a single and a double. Jackson, Hood, Ragan Fleming and Pitt each had a single.
Lawrence County held on in the final game of pool play for a 3-2 win over Brewer. Smith allowed three hits and struck out eight in six innings for the win. Pitt and Wilkerson had two hits each, Morgan Smith doubled and had two RBIs. For Brewer, Lynn Randall and McKinsey Stump had a double each, and Jennifer Ryan added a single.
Decatur dropped three of four games in the Hoover Classic. Opelika eliminated the Lady Red Raiders 4-1.
In that game, Meg Whitten pitched and allowed six hits while striking out two.
Jelisa Thompson, Abi Lott and Paris Owens each had a single, while Whitney Fletcher had two singles.
In pool play, Decatur fell to Alabama Christian 6-0. Lindsey Hawkins doubled, and Owens singled.
The Lady Raiders followed with a 1-0 loss to Hueytown. Fletcher singled, and Whitten pitched, allowing five hits and striking out two.
In Decaturís lone win, the Lady Raiders beat Oak Mountain 3-1. Abi Lott got the pitching win, allowing two hits. Whitten closed out the victory for the save, striking out two.
At the plate, Whitten, Fletcher, Kara Couch, Scarlett Wright and Liz Pressley each had a single.
Hawkins doubled, and Jennifer Lawrence had a two-run homer in the second inning.
Decatur (36-19) will host rival Austin on Monday at 6 p.m.
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