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Moody ends Albertville's season

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by SJA
MONTGOMERY — The Albertville softball team experienced a case of the Moody blues Saturday morning.

The Blue Devils scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 1-1 tie and defeat Albertville 4-1 in an elimination game of the Class 5A state tournament at Lagoon Park.

Albertville finished with a 34-12-1 record.

The Lady Aggies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

Carrie Barton led off with a bunt single and moved around to third base thanks to Brittany Copeland’s sacrifice bunt and Torrea Talton’s groundout.

Barton broke down the third-base line toward home plate as Becca Townsend attempted to bunt.

Barton slipped and fell as she tried to hustle back to third.

As Barton jumped to her feet, the catcher’s throw struck her in the shoulder and rolled past the base, which allowed her to race home.

In the bottom of the third, Albertville left fielder Stephanie NeSmith threw a strike to catcher McKenzie Peet, cutting down Moody’s Hannah Jaudon at the plate.

Jaudon was trying to score on Candice Crutchfield’s two-out single.

Barton had a two-out infield single in the top of the fourth but was stranded.

Moody tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

Lauren Gilmer drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Katie Brown and Jessica Stone delivered back-to-back singles, with Stone’s hit driving in Gilmer.

The Blue Devils broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth.

Gilmer drew a one-out walk. With two away, Brown singled and Stone walked to load the bases.

A fielding error allowed Gilmer to score the go-ahead run. Brown scored on a wild pitch, and Stone raced home on a throwing error following the wild pitch, making it 4-1.

Albertville’s Peet led off the seventh by lining a single to left, but she was retired on a fielder’s choice.

Moody’s Stone, an eighth-grader, limited AHS to three hits. She struck out seven.

Barton went the distance for the Lady Aggies. She allowed five hits, walked four and struck out three.

Cullman 10, Albertville 0: Cullman pitcher Elizabeth Buchanan, a senior, tossed a no-hitter Friday night, sending the Lady Aggies into the losers bracket.

Albertville had only two baserunners — Talton in the second inning and Hannah Woodruff in the sixth. Both players were hit by pitches.

Lesley Cork’s three-run double gave Cullman a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Jenny Haney’s two-out triple made it 5-0.

The Bearcats increased their advantage to 9-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

McKenzie Fetner contributed an RBI double, and Megan Sims ripped a two-run double for Cullman.

Cullman forced the mercy rule by plating a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Albertville 1, Spanish Fort 0: The Lady Aggies edged Spanish Fort in a pitchers’ duel Friday in their first-ever state tournament game.

Barton, a Shelton State signee, earned the win for AHS with a terrific performance.

She limited the Toros to a pair of hits while striking out 11.

Spanish Fort’s Morgan Druhan, a South Alabama signee, fanned 15 and allowed two hits.

“We got that one run and that saved us, and our defense was awesome,” Barton said.

“We scored one, and we did what we had to do. Everybody backed me up. We just did a really good job.”

The Lady Aggies scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first inning.

With one out, Druhan hit NeSmith, then Peet.

NeSmith advanced to third on a passed ball and slid home on a squeeze bunt by Barton.

Emily Woodruff and Townsend recorded Albertville’s only hits.

Barton struck out Druhan for the final out.

“I was just thinking one more, one more,” Barton said.

“I was looking at that outside corner and I was eating it up the whole game, and they weren’t touching it.

“I was like, ‘I’m going to go outside corner right here,’ and I did.”

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