No. 5 Sardis beats No. 2 Glencoe for Etowah County title


The Sardis softball team celebrates winning the Etowah County tournament Saturday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


BOAZ — It was more than just her inside fastball. Sure, the riseball and change up were solid, too, but there was something more about Sardis pitcher Bethany Chamblee’s effort Saturday afternoon.

Coach Mary Beth Gilliland knew exactly what it was.

“It’s just the ‘want,’” she said.

Chamblee and the Class 4A, No. 5 Lions softball team rolled to a 7-1 win over 3A, second-ranked Glencoe to claim the Etowah County tournament championship.

The win avenged a 10-0 loss to Glencoe (28-6) in the tournament title game last year and gave Sardis (28-10-2) its second championship in three years.

Chamblee was the star this year, as the Gadsden State signee allowed one run on six hits while striking out three. She shined under pressure, stranding 10 Glencoe runners on base.

“Glencoe has a lot of good hitters,” Chamblee said. “I’m just proud of our team and the way we hit today. We had some people step up.”

When asked what was working so well for her during the game, she quickly gave credit to her defense.

“The support of the team — that’s what helped me the whole time.”

On offense, Sardis hit Glencoe starter Jordan Sims hard and took advantage of several miscues to give Chamblee all the run support she would need.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning on Danielle Wilson’s RBI single to score Jessica Rathje, Sardis quickly tied it in the second on Madelyn Gazaway’s RBI single to score Bailey White. White was running for Chamblee, who had singled.

After Chamblee sat down the Yellow Jackets in order in the bottom of the second, Sardis scored three runs in the third to take command of the contest. Kameron Carter and Jadie Fobbus both scored on errors in the outfield during the frame. Fobbus reached on an RBI double that scored Payton Golden, who had singled.

The Lions scored two more runs in the fourth — one on an error and the other on a passed ball — and they added their final run when White scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

The errors took their toll on the Jackets’ mentality.

“You start out so high, and then you make a couple of mistakes that are routine and it takes everything down,” Glencoe coach Amy Travis said. “We just couldn’t get ourselves back up.”

Travis said errors have become a problem for her team lately, and a lot of it has to do with some players playing in new positions.

“We’ll make the adjustments we need to make,” she said. “We’re going to the cage (Sunday) after church. They’ll do what they need to do and (the coaches) will do what we need to do.”

Sims took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out three in just three innings of work. At the plate, Wilson went 2 for 4 and Sims, Jamie McGuire, Rathje and Kaileigh Billingsley each added a hit.

For Sardis, Hayley Wofford had two doubles and Gazaway went 2 for 3. Krista Hubbard, Payton Golden, Carter, Fobbus and Chamblee had one hit each.

Gilliland wasn’t surprised at her team’s ability to dominate the game in the batter’s box.

“I had all the confidence we could hit like this because we’re a very, very good hitting team,” she said. “It just depends on if they’re on or off. Bethany pitched a really good game and we hit. ... We just had a really good game.”