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West Morgan cruises in sub-state
Seibert records her 400th
strikeout of the season

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TRINITY — Being up one run in the seventh inning of the first game of West Morgan's doubleheader sub-state sweep over Mars Hill on Tuesday, softball coach Keith Harris was not nervous.

If your pitcher is tossing a shutout up to that point, it's tough to feel a sense of desperation.

In the two games, Lauren Seibert struck out 24 batters in 14 innings while allowing one run and four hits to pitch the Lady Rebels into the second round of the Class 2A state tournament. West Morgan (44-13) won the first game 1-0 and the second game 8-1.

"We feel that if we can get a lead, we like our chances," Harris said. "I thought (Lauren) pitched well. I don't know what else to say."

West Morgan will play Ider from Northeast Alabama in the next round of the state playoffs. Ider is considered one of the best teams in the state. The Lady Rebels know they have a tough task ahead.

"We are looking for an opportunity to see the best," Harris said. "We are going to need to play well to win."

As for the Mars Hill games, the Lady Panthers (13-20) had few answers for Seibert.

There were times when players looked like they were flailing at Seibert's fastball, almost resigned to the fact that it would miss their bats.

In the top of the fifth inning in the first game, Seibert struck out Mars Hill batter Ashley Byrom to record her 400th strikeout of the season.

"She was unbelievable," said Mars Hill coach Ben Campbell. "She owned us."

Seibert also contributed at the plate, scoring the first game's only run in the first inning off a fielder's choice by shortstop Lauryn Kilgo scored her.

The second game was a little different. It was apparent early that the Lady Rebels weren't going to have the same kind of offensive struggles that they encountered in game 1.

In the top of the second inning, Sara Hulvey knocked a bases-clearing triple. The ball went over the head of the center fielder.

The runs pushed the score to 4-0.

West Morgan scored again in the inning on a squeeze play by Seibert, plating Haley Willingham.

For the game, catcher Mikaila Etheredge was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI and first baseman Whitlee Potter had an RBI single.

Mars Hill got its only run in the sixth inning when McKenna Wright came home from third after Etheredge threw to second base on a double steal.

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