Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
Softball roundup: Simpson perfect in Etowah win; Ashville wins Corner Classic
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy
Sydney Simpson pitched a perfect game to lead Etowah to a 7-0 shutout over Sylvania last Monday (Mar. 6) in Attalla. In seven innings, Simpson allowed no hits and no walks while striking out 15. She helped her cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Also for the Lady Blue Devils, Lauren Farmer had a hit, an RBI and two runs scored; Kylee Wilder had a hit, an RBI and a run scored; Maggy Bennett and Elizabeth Gilliland each had a hit and two RBI; Emma Johnson had a hit and two runs scored and Cali Wadley had a hit and a run scored.
Ashville went 5-0 to win the Comer Classic Tournament on Saturday, March 4. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Winterboro, 21-0; Vincent, 3-2; Cleburne County, 3-2; Fayetteville, 6-1 and Central Coosa, 15-0.
Against Winterboro for Ashville, Anna Lynn Williamson went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored; Ryleigh Cothran had a home run, five RBI and three runs scored; Gracie Click and Hannah Deweese each had a hit, an RBI and three runs scored; Brooklyn Mikus had a hit, two RBI and two runs scored; Rachel St. John had a hit, an RBI and two runs scored and Ansley Brashier had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Jayda Burgess earned the win against Vincent, scattering three hits and one walk over seven innings while striking out six. She did not allow an earned run. Brashier had an RBI double and a run scored, while Mikus and Williamson both had a hit.
Lexi St. John was the winning pitcher against Cleburne County, allowing three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in five innings. She did not allow an earned run. Click had a hit and an RBI, while Mikus and Burgess each had a hit and a run scored.
Lexi St. John also notched the win against Fayetteville. In 4.1 innings, she struck out five and did not allow a hit while scattering one run and four walks. She helped her cause with a hit and two runs scored. Mikus went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Williamson had a hit and three RBIs. Burgess scored two runs.
Against Central-Coosa, Deweese went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored; Rachel St. John had a hit, four RBI and a run scored; Lexi St. John went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored; Williamson had a hit, an RBI and two runs scored and Mikus and Brashier each had a hit and two run scored.
Gaston and Gadsden City combined for 27 hits and 35 runs in the Lady Bulldogs’ 20-15 victory last Tuesday (March 6).
Brooke Whitten and Lexi Ponce had big days at the plate for Gaston. Whitten went 4-for-5 with four RBI and four runs scored, while Ponce went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Whitten singled in the third, doubled in the fourth, singled in the fifth and doubled in the sixth.
Gadsden City opened up an early lead in the second inning when Jada Odon tripled in a run on the first pitch of the at bat.
Gaston tied the game at five in the bottom of the third inning when Lauren Hard drew a walk and scored a run.
The Lady Bulldogs took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. Emma Samples doubled in one run and Meleah Crane had a two-RBI double.
Gaston put across six runs in the sixth inning. Whitten, Emma Samples, Ponce and Hard all drove in runs during the frame.
Ponce earned the victory in four and a third innings, striking out five. Samples threw two and two-thirds innings in relief.
Samples finished with three RBI and three runs scored. Chloe Brown went 2-for-3 with four runs scored, while Lauren Hard went 2-for-2 with five RBI and a run scored.
McKinley Works pitched six innings for the Lady Titans, striking out eight. Kiera Hampton led Gadsden City at the plate with three hits.
Jayda Lacks finished with three hits and two RBI in Sardis’ 21-1 victory over Geraldine last Tuesday (March 7). Kytha Edwards had a pair of hits for the Lady Lions, while Jalyn Hannah and Hannah Hill both had two RBI.
A nine-run fourth inning sparked West End to a 16-0 shutout over Susan Moore last Tuesday (Mar. 7) in Walnut Grove. For the Lady Patriots, Liddy Faulkner went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored; Kaylee Tarpley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored; Brayley King went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored; Josie Bunch went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored; Peyton Hall had a hit, two RBI and three runs scored and Dailegha Wheeler had a hit, three RBI and a run scored. In four innings, Faulkner scattered three hits while striking out six. She did not allow a run or a walk.
West End defeated Oneonta, 7-5, and Southeastern, 2-1, last Saturday (Mar. 4). Against Oneonta for the Lady Patriots, Peyton Hall had two hits and three RBI. Emma Finch had a pair of RBI. Against Southeastern, Liddy Faulkner had two hits and Finch had two RBI.
Emma Samples went 4-for-4 with two doubles in Gaston’s 14-4 win over Crossville on Feb. 28.