Glencoe splits at North Central Regional


Glencoe’s Jordan Sims is congratulated by the Yellow Jackets’ infield after a strikeout against Vinemont in the Class 3A North Central Regional tournament Friday in Vestavia Hills. (Photo by Sarah Dudik | GadsdenTimes)


VESTAVIA HILLS — Fourth-ranked Glencoe split its first two games Friday in the Class 3A North Central Regional high school softball tournament at Liberty Park, knocking off Vinemont 3-0 before suffering a 9-2 loss to top-ranked White Plains.

The loss to White Plains dropped Glencoe into an elimination game later Friday against Saks. The threat of rain for today forced tournament officials to try and get more games in Friday.

It took a while for Glencoe to break through against Vinemont. The game was scoreless through three innings thanks to strong pitching by the Yellow Jackets’ Jordan Sims and the Eagles’ Raven Christiansen.

Glencoe managed two runs off Christiansen in the bottom of the fourth. Jessica Rathje’s double knocked home Danielle Wilson with the first run, and Lorren Massaro followed with a single to plate Rathje for a 2-0 advantage.

Glencoe added a run in the fifth when Jamie McGuire singled and eventually came in on a single by Alaina Hampton.

The Yellow Jackets made those runs stand up, with Sims escaping a little bit of trouble in the seventh. The Eagles tried to mount a two-out rally, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Sims got Katie Speer to line out to first to end the threat and the game.

In the complete-game effort, Sims scattered six hits and struck out 11. Sally Tinker had two hits in the win, while Sarah Wallace, Morgan Lyles, Sims, McGuire, Hampton, Rathje and Massaro had a hit apiece.

In game two, White Plains broke open a scoreless contest with four runs in the bottom of the third. Jordan Coleman came up with the big hit, knocking a double to the fence in left-center to score two runs.

Coleman added to the Wildcat lead in the fourth inning by ripping a three-run homer over the left field fence to put White Plains on top 7-0. Amber Greenwood’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth made it 9-0.

Glencoe finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. McGuire hit a single into right field to score Lyles, who walked earlier in the inning. One batter later, Sims scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2.

Sims worked the first three innings and allowed four runs to take the loss for Glencoe. Rathje entered in the fourth and worked the final four innings. Freshman Anna Snider, the reigning 3A Pitcher of the Year, scattered six hits and allowed two runs to get the win.

Falling into the losers’ bracket means Glencoe needed to win its late game Friday against Saks and then win two more games today to assure itself of at least a runner-up finish and spot in next week’s state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.