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Battling Mississippi's best

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by SJA
Albertville, ranked ninth in the Class 5A softball poll, posted a 2-2 record in a spring break tournament at D’Iberville, Miss.

The Lady Aggies (13-3-1) played four Mississippi schools in the event.

Long Beach 5, Albertville 1: The Lady Aggies fell in their tournament opener Friday to Long Beach, which is ranked No. 4 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Mississippi fastpitch top 10.

Torrea Talton batted 2-for-2 with a triple to lead Albertville’s hitters.

Brittany Copeland was 1-for-1 and scored the Lady Aggies’ run.

Both Carrie Barton and Talton pitched two innings.

Barton allowed four hits and struck out three. Talton gave up four hits and fanned one.

“We took a week off to try and get some injuries taken care of, and it showed,” said AHS head coach Paul Woodruff.

“We didn’t hit the ball very well and played sloppy defense. We had four errors. Both pitchers pitched well.”

D’Iberville 4, Albertville 0: The Lady Aggies managed only one hit — a Stephanie NeSmith single — in Friday’s loss to the host school, which is ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger poll.

Barton threw two innings of no-hit ball. She had four strikeouts and one walk.

Talton was tagged for five hits in a two-inning stint in the circle. She had two strikeouts and one walk.

“We faced the best pitcher we have seen in a long time in Kimi Wagner, who signed with Western Kentucky,” Woodruffsaid. “She is the real deal.

“We had one hit and never sniffed another one.

“We should have gotten beat 1-0, but sloppy defense got us again as we made five errors.

“Both of our pitchers pitched well.”

Albertville 14, Moss Point 0: The Lady Aggies exploded for 13 hits in Saturday’s rout.

“Our bats came to life, and we had lots of extra-base hits,” Woodruff said. “Our defense was good.”

Barton homered, and both Jenna Chandler and Maggie Younghouse tripled for the Lady Aggies, who exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning.

Copeland slugged two doubles while Hannah Woodruff and McKenzie Peet both doubled once.

Peet was 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs. Erin Segers batted 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs.

Woodruff finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Copeland was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

Barton, Talton and Becca Townsend each scored two runs. Barton had three RBIs. Younghouse collected two RBIs.

Barton and Talton shut down Moss Point’s attack, as they combined to hurl a no-hitter.

Both girls struck out three and walked one.

Albertville 5, Wayne County 4: The Lady Aggies won a tight contest Saturday against Wayne County, the No. 10-ranked squad.

“They were probably the best all-around team that we played,” Paul Woodruff said.

“They had good pitching, sound defense and lots of speed. Our kids stepped up to the challenge and played their best ballgame of the weekend.

“We had a couple of mistakes late to let them back in it, but overall, we played great. We beat a very good team.”

Peet paced the Lady Aggies by going 2-for-2 with a double, run and two RBIs.

Copeland tripled and scored, and both Woodruff and Talton contributed a single, run and RBI. NeSmith scored one run.

Barton pitched three and one-third innings. She yielded two hits and struck out one.

Talton pitched two-thirds of an inning. She allowed one hit and walked one.

“Torrea and Carrie pitched great all weekend,” Woodruff said.

“We had a good time and played some quality teams.

“We saw real good pitching all weekend, so I hope that pays dividends on down the road.”

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