News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2007

Ider sends Addison
home from state

By Bradley Handwerger 340-2462

MONTGOMERY — Kayla Carden did all she could do to keep her Addison teammates in their Class 2A state softball tournament loser's bracket game against Ider.

But the task proved too difficult in large part because Ider's pitcher tossed a masterful game.

Kesha Lipham kept nearly every Lady Bulldog she faced off base, and Carden, who allowed only one run through five innings, gave up seven runs in the final two innings.

And now Addison's season is over, a few games short of the elusive state title after losing to Ider 8-1 Thursday night.

Carden finished the game allowing eight runs on 11 hits while striking out two. Lipham, meanwhile, threw a 13-strikeout no-hitter, the only Addison run aided by an error.

"She's pretty tough," Addison coach Jeff Scott said. "I knew she was going to be hard to hit. I told them before the game that we were going to have to play good defense to have a chance."

Yet, five innings of good defense wasn't enough. Nevertheless, Carden said she didn't feel any more pressure than normal as the game went along.

"I knew our team could do it if we could just get our bats going," the junior pitcher said.

Addison (36-15) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first, but answered in its half of the inning. Britney Taylor reached when Ider's third baseman misplayed a high infield popup. Taylor reached second on the error.

She stole third, then scored when the Ider catcher attempted to pick her off at third but the third baseman mishandled the ball.

Only one more Lady Bulldog would reach base the rest of the day.

Then, in the sixth, Carden and Addison ran into trouble. By the time Ider's half of the inning was over, the Lady Hornets had broken through, scoring two runs on three hits.

Meanwhile, the futility at the plate continued for Addison, which couldn't figure out Lipham.

The top of the seventh was the complete undoing of Addison, however. Ider came through with five runs on four hits and all but ended any hope of the Lady Bulldogs advancing to the second day of action.

"We tried. We laid it on the line," Carden said.

Added Scott: "I'm proud of this group. Nobody expected us to be back down here."

Samson 10, Addison 2: Addison starting pitcher Kayla Carden gave up five runs on six hits through the first three innings and the Lady Bulldogs never recovered in their opening game of the Class 2A state softball tournament. The Lady Bulldogs committed two errors that helped Addison plate four runs in the fourth inning.

Kayla Woodard led Addison at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a double. Lyndsey Howse and Chelsea Willingham both scored for Addison.

Addison 7, American Christian 5: The Lady Bulldogs never trailed, and took advantage of poor defense to stay alive in the state tournament. American Christian missed a few ground balls and committed four errors to give Addison a hefty advantage. Carden redeemed herself from the first game, picking up the complete-game win.

She gave up five runs and 11 hits. Woodard scored three runs on 2-of-4 hitting, and Jessy Willingham was 3-for-4 with a run scored.

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