Sharp pitching, big inning pulls Lady Titans past Sardis

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By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Gadsden City used a solid pitching performance by Cassidy Underwood and one big inning to post a 10-4 come from behind win over the Sardis in high school softball on Monday (Mar. 23) in Gadsden. 

“We did a good job hitting, getting some timely hits,” said GCHS head coach Kevin Young. “I am proud of our team.”

The Lady Lions jumped on the Lady Titans (6-9) early on, scoring three unearned runs in the top of the first inning. The big hit was a two-run homer by Carley Gardner to give Sardis a 3-0 lead. 

The bottom of the inning saw Arden Green single and score on Elizabeth Kantzler’s double. Gadsden City added another run in the bottom of the second on a double by Lindsey Tomlinson and a run scoring single by Megan Henson. 

The score remained 3-2 in favor of the Lady Lions until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Titans exploded for six runs. With two outs, the Lady Titans pushed six runs across the plate on five hits. Henson reached on an error, followed by hits from Madison Abernathy, Ella Day, Arden Green, Kantzler and Taylor Willingham to make it 8-3 in favor of the hosts.

Gadsden City added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. Sardis added a lone run in the top of the seventh on doubles by Bailey White and Devin Holsonback. 

In seven innings, Underwood allowed one earned run, six hits and one walk while striking out three.

At the plate for the Lady Titans, Kantzler went 2-for-2; Green went 2-for-2; and Henson went 2-for-4. Day, Abernathy, Willingham, Tomlinson and Lindsey Arnold each had a hit. 

Lauryn Noojin took the loss for Sardis, allowing 12 hits, two runs and one walk with three strikeouts. Holsonback and Gardner each went 2-for-3 at the plate.

“We didn’t play well after the first inning,” said Sardis head coach Ritchey Lee. “We have a lot of work to do, but we will get there.”

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