Danville, Speake pack bags for state tourney
From Staff Reports
Danville High pitchers Brittany Atkins and Kristen Thompson shut down Glencoe in consecutive games to help the Lady Hawks earn a spot in the Class 3A state softball tournament next week in Montgomery.
In Friday’s second round of sub-state at Danville, Atkins pitched a four-hitter in a 4-1 victory in the first game, and Thompson followed with a six-hitter in a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.
Danville (27-21) will face Beulah or West Blocton at noon Friday in the state tournament’s opening round.
In the first game, Atkins struck out four and allowed two walks in seven innings.
At the plate, Mallory George had a pair of singles and an RBI, while Kristen Sparkman doubled, and Whitney Hagamaker and Bethany Evans each singled.
In the second game, Thompson closed out the series by striking out 13 and walking only three.
At the plate, George shined again with a double. Hagamaker singled, and Sparkman and Kassie Cowart each brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Coward also singled.
Speake 12-9, Jefferson Christian 2-2: With the sweep, the Lady Bobcats earned a spot in the 1A bracket of the state tournament in Montgomery.
Speake (38-12) will play at 9 a.m. Friday against either Pleasant Home or Millry.
The Lady Bobcats’ Revia Brown helped pace the win in the first game when she delivered two singles, a triple, two RBIs and four stolen bases.
Whitney Sparks added a triple, a single and two RBIs, while Sarah Bolan singled twice. Melea Hensley singled, doubled and two RBIs, and Paige Atkins homered.
In the second game, Brown came through again with a pair of triples and two runs, while Bridget Fulks helped the effort with two singles and two RBIs.
Sparks singled and drove in two runs, and Hensley singled and had an RBI. McKenzie Black and Chyna Colewell each singled.
Kylie Black was the winning pitcher in both games. She struck out four and allowed three hits in each game.
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