Despite suffering a loss to host Benjamin Russell in the Pool A winners game of the Central Alabama Softball Classic on Saturday, Dadeville responded by thwarting Horseshoe Bend to advance to the tournament semifinals.
The Tigers kicked things off with a 6-3 victory over Woodland before falling to the Wildcats, 11-2. Dadeville then had its best performance of the day, knocking off Horseshoe Bend, 9-1, before eventual champ Tallassee earned an 11-2 victory to end the Tigers’ run.
In the victory over Woodland, the Tigers managed to overcome six errors and still earn the victory. Dadeville had a two-out rally that got things started in the bottom of the first. With one out, Jailee Kirkland got things started with a double to left field before another out was put on the board. Makya Johnson then joined Kirkland on the bases by drawing a walk, and the Tigers loaded the bases with a walk to Zoe Veres. Kirkland put the first tally on the scoreboard by coming home on a passed ball.
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the second on a run-scoring double from Tiffany Rice, but they really broke things open in the fourth. Cali Jones led off with a double, and Dadeville loaded the bases with a hit batter and a walk. Brittany Claybrook then smashed a double to center field to score a pair of runs, and back-to-back RBI groundouts gave Dadeville a 6-2 lead before the inning’s end.
After its loss to Benjamin Russell, Dadeville’s offense was unstoppable in the opening round of tournament play as it racked up 13 hits against Horseshoe Bend. Rice was a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI, and Veres also had three hits and plated two runs. All but two starters had a hit in the game.
All in all, Dadeville (2-2) finished with 30 hits on the day, including 10 doubles and a triple. Rice paced the offense with seven hits and four runs scored, while Veres had five hits, including three doubles, and a team-leading five RBIs. Jones and Isis Johnson each had four hits, and Makya Johnson followed closely behind with three hits. Claybrook and Kirkland each had a double and a single.
Horseshoe Bend struggles with errors, offense
Like Benjamin Russell and Dadeville, Horseshoe Bend kicked off its softball season at the Central Alabama Softball Classic in Alexander City on Saturday, and the Generals picked up just one victory. After falling to a strong Pinson Valley team, 8-3, Horseshoe Bend bounced back with a 10-5 victory over Valley before falling to Dadeville, 9-1.
The biggest sticking point for the Generals was their defense, as they committed 10 errors through the three games.
Horseshoe Bend put together a solid effort against the Rams, putting together three innings in which it scored at least two runs. After going down 3-0 in the first inning, HBS quickly responded with four runs of its own in the second and third frames.
Ivy Vickers and Caly Carlisle led off the second inning with back-to-back singles, and the Generals got the bases loaded with a hit batter. They scored their first run on a groundout by Abby Cheatam then another on a popout from Alyssa Whiteard. Once again, Horseshoe Bend got the bases loaded as Lily Combs was hit by a pitch then Danielle Mitchell laced a line drive to score two more runs.
In the third inning, Horseshoe Bend got RBIs from Carlisle and Leighann McWhorter while Cheatam and Kennedy Templeton both scored on a Valley error.
Through the three games, Carlisle and Mitchell split time on the mound with Mitchell firing eight innings and Carlisle throwing the other two. Although they gave up 28 hits, only 12 of their runs allowed were earned.