No. 4 Sardis claims area title
Thu. May 02, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Sardis’ Bethany Chamblee pitches against Crossville on Thursday. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)
BOAZ — Class 4A, No. 4 Sardis defeated Crossville 7-3 to win the Area 15 tournament title Thursday night.
Krista Hubbard went 4 for 4 with three RBI to help lead Sardis (33-12-2) to the championship.
“It does (feel good to win),” Hubbard said. “I’m just glad I helped out the team.”
Bethany Chamblee went all seven innings, fanning one and walking one, to get the win. She settled down after allowing two runs in the first inning, yielding just three hits over the final six innings.
“We didn’t play our best,” Sardis coach Mary Beth Gilliland said. “We made some defensive errors throughout the day, but we gutted it out and won. We made some mistakes, but we’ll learn and go on.”
For the game, Sardis collected eight hits off Crossville pitchers Haley Hughes, who went three innings and took the loss, and Madison Hunt.
“We hit the ball pretty well, but we left some baserunners on,” Gilliland said. “We didn’t hit as well as we can, but we did what we had to.”
Crossville got RBI singles from Haley Bradley and Tobey Hicks to take a brief 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
It was an unseasonably cold and windy night, but the weather appeared to have little effect on Hubbard or her teammates, as Sardis countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. An infield single by Kameron Carter plated Hubbard, and Chamblee drove Carter home with a single two batters later.
In the third, Sardis got the first two runners on with a pair of singles. Carter scored Hubbard on a groundout to push the lead to 3-2. Jadie Fobbus followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Payton Golden and push Sardis ahead 4-2.
Hunt replaced Hughes in the bottom of the fourth. Hubbard singled with two outs to score Madelyn Gazaway and extend the advantage to 5-2.
Crossville closed the gap in the top of the fifth. Macy Smith tripled to lead off the inning and came home on a groundout by Bradley to cut the deficit to two.
In the bottom of the inning, Hubbard capped the scoring with a two-RBI single that scored Mackenzie Sarratt and Kacee Mashburn.
“We can do better,” Hubbard said, before answering what Sardis needs to improve upon. “Hitting and defense.”
Sardis opened the day with a 4-3 win over Crossville. In the loser’s bracket, Crossville defeated Guntersville 3-0 to make the title game.