Lady Blue Devils finish second at Gadsden Umpire Tournament


The Etowah High softball team finished runner-up at the Gadsden Umpires Tournament last weekend at the Gadsden Sports Complex.

The Class 5A No. 9 Lady Blue Devils (28-10-1) lost to Class 6A No. 5 Pell City, 14-3, in the championship game.

Etowah opened pool play on Friday (Apr. 15) with a 9-6 win over Class 2A No. 8 Collinsville and a 5-1 victory over DAR.

Against Collinsville, Alyssa Howard went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored; Bree Vasser went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored; Emma Jones went 1-for-2 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored; Jessica Smith went 2-for-3 with a run scored; and Madison Grant and Krislyn Farmer each had a hit and a run scored. In four innings, winning pitcher Katie Parrish scattered seven hits, four earned runs and one walk with five strikeouts. 

Against DAR, Aimee Fancher went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored; Grant went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, an RBI and a run scored; Bree Vasser had a home run, an RBI and a run scored; Farmer had a hot and a run scored; and Jones had a triple. Grant earned the win, allowing three hits, one earned run and four walks while striking out 13. 

In their final poll game on Saturday (Apr. 16), the Lady Blue Devils posted a 5-0 victory over West End. Grant went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored; Vasser went 2-for-3 with a run scored; Jones went 1-for-2 with two RBI; and Farmer and Savannah Waddell each had a double. In six innings, Parrish struck out seven while allowing four hits and no walks. 

Etowah then tied Thompson, 1-1, in an extra game. Jones, Fancher and Jessica Smith each had a hit. 

In single elimination play, the Lady Blue Devils beat Class 2A No. 3 Ider, 3-1, and Class 1A No. 2 Spring Garden, 10-5. 

Against the Lady Hornets, Farmer and Taylor Bush each had a double. Grant did not allow a hitter in five innings, striking out six on the way to the win. 

Against the Lady Panthers, Grant went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored; Jones went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored; Howard went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored; Farmer went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI; and Smith went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. In four and one-third innings, Grant scattered five hits, two earned runs and two walks while fanning nine.  

Against Pell City in the title game, Smith went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored; Fancher went 2-for-3 with two RBI; and Howard went 2-for-3 with a run scored. 

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