Sardis, West End set for North Regional softball tournament
Thu. May 10, 2012 at 9:22 p.m. | By Andrew Schmidt Sports Writer
Bethany Chamblee and the Sardis Lions begin play today in the North Regional softball tournament. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)
Sardis, which made a surprise run to the Class 3A state tournament a season ago, will look to repeat that feat when the Lions open play in the North Regional high school softball tournament today at the Sportsplex in Huntsville.
The Lions are one of eight teams from the area competing in Huntsville. Sardis will battle West Morgan at 5 p.m.
The majority of the players who led the Lions on their deep run a season ago are back to try and make it two straight. Sardis is led at the plate by junior Kameron Carter, a first-team All-State choice a year ago who is having another big season. Dreema Holliday and Krista Hubbard are two more solid bats for the Lions, while Bethany Chamblee will work the bulk of the innings in circle.
West End, Sand Rock and Fyffe will represent the area in the 2A bracket.
West End will open play at 3:30 p.m. against Westminster. The No. 7 Patriots feature a strong offense, led by Courtney Oliver, Taylor Nichols, Brooke Copeland and Joni Goss. Morgan Cleveland is the top pitcher for West End and provides another solid bat.
Ninth-ranked Sand Rock (25-11), which beat West End for the Area 13 title, will take on Falkville at 5 p.m. The Wildcats are led by pitchers Kristin Ray and McKenna Morgan, while Madison Smith, Heather Hester, Megan Parker and Taylor Rogers are the squad’s top offensive threats.
Fyffe, the runner-up to Ider in Area 14, will face a stiff test at 3:30 p.m. when it goes up against top-ranked Hatton.
In Class 1A, Cedar Bluff will take on No. 7 Decatur Heritage at 3:30 p.m. Kaitlyn Kilgro is the top pitcher for Cedar Bluff. Suzie Quarles and Abby Story are two of the Tigers’ top bats.
The 1A bracket also features No. 8 Spring Garden. The Panthers, who recently won their eighth straight area title, will face Waterloo at 3:30 p.m. Pitcher Hayden Bates and outfielder Hayden Spoon are two of the top Panthers.
In Class 4A, Crossville will face Deshler in an 8 a.m. contest. The Lions (20-13-1) are led by Haley Hughes in circle.
The 5A bracket will see Fort Payne have to contend with top-ranked Lawrence County at 8 a.m. Kat Howard will get the majority of the work in cirlce for the Wildcats.