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Aggies defeat Boaz

Posted Sunday, March 07, 2010 by Sand Mountain Reporter
Katlin Light and Brittany Copeland both batted 2-for-3 to power Albertville’s eight-hit attack in Thursday’s 7-3 triumph over archrival Boaz at Sheldon Elmore Park.

The Lady Aggies improved to 2-0 in the Class 5A, Area 13 softball standings while the Lady Pirates dropped to 0-2.

“It’s really a crapshoot, I mean who’s who in the area,” said Albertville head coach Paul Woodruff.

“Everybody is pretty good, and I don’t know that there’s one team that stands out among us. I would say it’s going to be a fight every Thursday night.

“We had eight hits in the game, and we capitalized.”

All regular-season games in Class 5A, Area 13 are scheduled for Thursdays.

Albertville’s big inning was a four-run second.

Becca Townsend drew a one-out walk, and pinch-hitter Haley Carnes followed with a bunt single.

Peighton Ponder stroked an RBI single to center field, giving AHS a 2-0 advantage.

Jenna Chandler lined an RBI single to right field to drive in Carnes.

Albertville’s leadoff batter, Brittany Copeland, stepped to the plate and smashed a two-run double to center to give the Lady Aggies a 5-0 cushion.

The Lady Aggies scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Light ripped a two-out homer over the center-field fence.

Boaz avoided the shutout by pushing across three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Breanna Bearden slugged a one-out triple to right center, and Aven Davis followed by lining an RBI single down the third-base line.

With two outs, Peyton Higgins singled to center field to score Davis.

Casie Kinney drew a walk to bring up Kyla Holland, who singled to right field to chase home Higgins and cut it to 7-3.

Ponder, a seventh-grade right-hander, then recorded a strikeout to end the game.

Ponder earned the win, pitching two and one-third innings. She racked up seven strikeouts and walked two.

Torrea Talton pitched four and two-thirds for AHS. She struck out two and walked none.

Emily Woodruff also contributed one hit and one run for the Lady Aggies.

Higgins batted 2-for-4 to lead the Lady Pirates.

Kinney started in the circle for Boaz. She allowed six hits and one walk. Taylor Walker relieved Kinney and worked four innings. She yielded two hits and fanned one.

“The pitcher they brought in, the little Walker girl, gave us some trouble,” Paul Woodruff said.

“Katlin did hit the home run, but other than that, we didn’t get much going against her.”

Boaz head coach Brian Hinton said his club didn’t adjust to the Lady Aggies’ pitching.

“They did a good job keeping the ball where we weren’t making good contact, and we never adjusted,” Hinton said.

“By the time we did in the seventh inning, it was too late. We’ve just got to adjust to what the other team is doing a little bit quicker.

“Taylor Walker pitched a heck of a game. We just got too far behind to begin with.”

The contest was only the third of the season for the Lady Pirates, who are playing host to a tournament this weekend.

“We’ll get to play a lot this weekend,” Hinton said. “I’ve just got to figure out the right combinations out there, and once I do, I think we could be pretty good.”

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