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Lawrence County's Morgan Smith drops down a bunt single in the fifth inning in the Game 1 loss to Wilson in Moulton on Tuesday afternoon. After the 4-3 10-inning loss, the Lady Red Devils won 9-0 and 2-1 in 12 innings to take the sub-state series.
In extra innings, Lawrence Co. softball advances to 2nd round
From Staff Reports
It may have taken 12 innings, but Lawrence County wouldn't mind if it had taken 21.
The Lady Red Devils moved into the second round of the Class 4A state softball playoffs by winning the third game 2-1 with a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 12th to take the series against Wilson two games to one.
Sallie Beth Burch rapped a two-out double, then came home when Whitney Hood doubled.
Lawrence County (46-15) dropped the first game 4-3 in 10 innings, then won the second game 9-0.
In the finale, Summer Wilkerson avenged a first-game extra-inning loss by giving up one run on three hits while striking out 11. Hood also recorded a triple to pace the Lady Red Devils. Nicole Jackson, Shae Lane and Morgan Smith each singled, with Lane picking an RBI.
The opener was less friendly to Wilkerson, who came in in the seventh inning. She allowed four hits, but gave up the game-winning run to Wilson in the 10th. Smith scored a run and had two singles for Lawrence County. Hood, Ashley Pitt, Lane and Amber Dutton each had a hit and an RBI.
Lawrence County made things easy in the second game behind a strong pitching performance by Kaylyn Smith. She pitched four innings and gave up one hit while striking out two. Hood had three doubles and three RBIs, while Burch picked up two singles, a double and an RBI. Nicole Jackson added three singles, and Wilkerson had a single and a double.
Lawrence County will travel to East Limestone for the second-round series on Saturday.
Central 3-11, Priceville 1-1: Priceville picked up seven hits in the opener, but also struck out six times and couldn't take advantage of allowing just two hits to Central. Then, in the second game, Priceville fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, then gave up four fifth-inning runs to fall behind 5-0. It was too much for the Lady Bulldogs to overcome as their season ended in the opening round of the playoffs.
Mount Hope 2-4-3, Hackleburg 3-2-2: Elizabeth Kimbrough pitched 28 innings Tuesday, struck out 12 batters and took Mount Hope (27-16) into the second round of the 1A playoffs where the Lady Yellow Jackets host Ragland on Saturday.
Hackleburg took the opener in 14 innings as Jessica Weeks drove in the tying run in the 13th inning with a single and Paige Pope delivered the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Kimbrough went the distance in this one, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out four. Chelsey Fikes had two hits and Brittany McCormick had one.
Mount Hope scored three times in the fourth inning of the second game to even the series, setting the stage for the deciding game.
Kimbrough scattered three hits and struck out three in seven innings for the win. Kimbrough and McCormick both doubled, while Fikes and Coley Stancil each picked up two singles.
In the third game, Kimbrough struck out five while giving up three hits. Morgan Davis, Kimbrough and Stancil each singled. Amber Lynch tripled, and Fikes had a double.
Speake 7-9, Marion County 3-3: Sophomore pitcher Kylie Black got both wins. She struck out eight in the first game and five in the second. Black also singled three times on the day.
Malea Hensley led the Lady Bobcats at the plate with four doubles and a single in the two-game sweep. Senior Revia Brown got three singles in the second game to go along with two in the first game.
Bridget Fulks had a double and single in the opener and a single in the second game. Sarah Bolan doubled and singled in the opener. Chyna Colewell had two singles on the day.
Whitney Sparks singled in the game one victory.
Waterloo 6-12, Decatur Heritage 0-1: Waterloo's Kristen Meltonin allowed only four hits in two games to help Waterloo knock Decatur Heritage out of the playoffs.
In the opener, Waterloo broke things open with back-to-back two-run innings in the fourth and fifth.
The Cougars scored four times in the first inning and twice in the second inning to open up a 6-0 lead in the second game.
Danville 11-3-8, Carbon Hill 0-6-3: Brittany Atkins scattered five hits in the decisive third game and struck out four as Danville moved into the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Atkins also picked up the win in the opening game of the best of three series.
In the final game, Mallory George doubled and singled while Whitney Haggamaker had two singles and an RBI. Also for Danville (25-21), Michelle Smith singled and double and Kelsey Bell had an RBI and a double.
Atkins' performance in the opener, however, put Danville in prime position to move on. She threw a no-hitter, helping the Lady Hawks to the win in five innings. She struck out five.
Kristen Sparkman rolled at the plate, knocking in four runs on a double and a single. Bethany Evans had a single, a double and a stolen base. And Nicole Linderman, George, Bell, Haggamaker, Brianna Callahan and Kassie Cowart each had a single.
Additionally, Kristen Thompson had two singles.
In the second game, Thompson took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven.
George double and singled and Cowart had two singles. Also, Thompson and Michelle Smith each singled.
West Limestone 1-1-5, Colbert Heights 3-0-3: West Limestone bounced back from a sub-state series opening loss to end Colbert Heights' season.
In the opener, Colbert Heights broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Brooke Smallwood had an RBI triple, and Haleigh Bewley — the ensuing batter — drove in Smallwood with a single.
Smallwood finished with three hits, while Bewley added two.
Stephanie Brown (29-13) went the distance for the win.
Brown gave up only three hits in the second game, but one was a two-out RBI single in the second inning that proved to be the game-winning run.
Smallwood, Jaco and Amanda Wallace had hits for the Wildcats.
In the third game, Bewley went 4-for-4 and Wallace added three hits, but it wasn't enough to keep their season alive.
West Limestone scored five unearned runs as Brown went the distance in taking the loss.
Colbert Heights ended its season at 44-16, a school record for wins.
Softball first-round sub-state results
All listings are best-of-three series. The winners advanced to Saturday’s second round.
Waterloo 6-12, Decatur Heritage 0-1 (Waterloo wins 2-0)
Speake 7-9, Marion County 3-3 (Speake wins 2-0)
Mount Hope 2-4-3, Hackleburg 3-2-2 (Mount Hope wins 2-1)
Athens Bible 6-5-15, Covenant Christian 1-6-5 (ABS wins 2-1)
Tanner at Phil Campbell, (n)
West Morgan 1-8, Mars Hill 0-1 (West Morgan wins 2-0)
Addison 1-10-4, at Ranburne 7-3-0 (Addison wins 2-1)
Elkmont 7-6, Lexington 4-4 (Elkmont wins 2-0)
West Limestone 1-1-5, Colbert Heights 3-0-3
(West Limestone wins 2-1)
Danville 11-3-8, Carbon Hill 0-6-3 (Danville wins 2-1)
North Jackson at Ardmore, (n)
Central 3-11, Priceville 1-1- (Central wins 2-0)
East Limestone at Cherokee County, (n)
Lawrence County 3-9-2, Wilson 4-0-1
(Lawrence County wins 2-1)
Decatur 14-20, Lee-Huntsville 0-0 (Decatur wins 2-0)
Hartselle 6-12, Southside-Gadsden 3-1 (Hartselle wins 2-0)
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