No. 4 Sardis exits Class 4A state tournament early


Sardis’ Kacee Mashburn tries to get down a bunt against Alabama Christian during the Class 4A state softball tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery on Thursday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


MONTGOMERY — The trip to Lagoon Park was a short one for the fourth-ranked Sardis Lions.

Sardis lost a pair of games on the opening day of the Class 4A state softball tournament Thursday at Lagoon Park. The Lions’ season ended at 35-15-2.

Sardis fell into the losers’ bracket with a 10-1 loss to No. 5 Corner in the first game of the day before top-ranked Alabama Christian eliminated the Lions 7-3.

Despite the disappointing end, the 2013 Sardis squad will be remembered for winning the regular-season area crown as well as the Area 12 tournament title. The Lions also won the Etowah County tournament and reached the state tournament for just the second time in school history.

Sardis struggled throughout the opener against Corner, scoring its lone run in the second inning when Krista Hubbard drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Mackenzie Sarratt.

Meanwhile, everything was going right for the Yellow Jackets. Madison McCormack sent the second pitch she saw over the fence and sparked a five-run first inning. Corner added one in the second, three in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

McCormack earned the win in circle, allowing a run on five hits while striking out nine.

Payton Golden, Bethany Chamblee, Madelyn Gazaway, Devin Holsonback and Hayley Wofford each had a hit for Sardis.

A few hours later, Sardis took the field against Alabama Christian and eventually took a 1-0 lead in the third. Holsonback singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a pair of groundouts. Golden then sent her home after battling back from an 0-2 count.

Chamblee did not allow a hit until the fourth, but the Eagles finally got to her in the fifth, scoring four runs to take control of the game. Alabama Christian scored all of those runs with two outs as Schylar Edwards and Krista Crouse both hit RBI doubles.

The Eagles added three more runs in the sixth for a 7-1 lead, but Sardis tried to rally in the top of the seventh.

Chamblee led off the inning with a single and Wofford followed with a two-run homer to left-center field. Two outs later, Kacee Mashburn and Hubbard recorded back-to-back singles but were stranded to end the game.

Hubbard and Wofford both had two hits in the game. Golden, Chamblee, Holsonback and Mashburn each added one. Bailey White scored as a courtesy runner for Chamblee, who suffered the loss in circle.

Caitlin Perry earned the win for ACA, striking out nine and allowing seven hits in the complete-game effort.