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Aggies excel, but lose Talton to injury

Posted Tuesday, March 09, 2010 by Sand Mountain Reporter

Published March 9, 2010

The Albertville varsity softball team finished second to Class 6A Grissom in the Boaz Invitational played Friday and Saturday at both Pirate Park and Sheldon Elmore Park.

The Lady Aggies are 11-4 on the season.

Albertville 5, Sardis 2: The Lady Aggies triumphed in their first game of pool play Friday afternoon.

Emily Woodruff batted 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and one RBI to lead Albertville’s hitters.

Katlin Light was 1-for-3 with a double and RBI, and Brittany Copeland went 1-for-3 with two runs.

Jenna Chandler finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Peighton Ponder walked and scored for AHS.

Ponder, a seventh-grader, was the winning pitcher. She allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three in two innings.

Torrea Talton earned the save. She tossed four innings and gave up five hits.

“It was not a real good offensive or defensive game for us, but we survived,” said Albertville head coach Paul Woodruff.

Albertville 15, Arab 2, five innings: The Lady Aggies’ rout of Arab in Friday’s pool play game was costly, as junior pitcher/infielder Talton broke her fibula.

“Torrea was running the bases, and she made a late slide at third base and jammed into the bag,” Woodruff said.

“It was a hairline fracture just above the ankle. We’ll know the timetable early in the week.”

The Lady Aggies collected 11 hits, including homers by Emily Woodruff and Chandler. Woodruff added a double.

“It was a great offensive game,” Paul Woodruff said. “Emily and Jenna hit their first career homers.”

Emily Woodruff finished 3-for-3 with four runs and one RBI.

Chandler was 1-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs, and Madi Bruce batted 1-for-2 with three RBIs.

Erin Stewart went 1-for-2 with two runs, and Ponder was 1-for-2 with a run.

Copeland closed 1-for-3 with an RBI and three runs, and Light finished 1-for-3 with two runs.

Haley Carnes went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Talton was 1-for-1 with an RBI before her injury. Becca Townsend scored a run.

Talton was the winning pitcher. She threw two innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts.

Ponder threw three innings. She allowed four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Oneonta 5, Albertville 1: The Lady Aggies lost their final game in pool play on Saturday.

The Lady Aggies committed four errors.

Townsend batted 2-for-3 with a double to lead AHS.

Woodruff went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI, and Chandler was 1-for-3 with a run. Carnes finished 1-for-3 while Bruce went 1-for-4 with a double.

Ponder scattered four hits and gave up two earned runs. She fanned seven and walked two.

Albertville 7, Arab 4: The Lady Aggies capitalized on a 12-hit attack to beat the Knights in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

Copeland, Bruce, Light, Ponder and Townsend each contributed two hits for Albertville. Both Copeland and Bruce doubled.

Carnes and Chandler each singled. Copeland scored three runs while Woodruff, Bruce, Light and Townsend all scored one.

Ponder was the winning pitcher. She surrendered six hits, two walks and struck out five.

Albertville 10, Sardis 5: The Lady Aggies scored 10 runs on 10 hits to down Sardis in Saturday’s semifinals.

Chandler finished 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, and Light closed 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.

Bruce went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.

Townsend batted 1-for-2 with a double, run and one RBI.

Both Carnes and Woodruff went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI. Copeland was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ponder earned the victory in the circle. She allowed five hits, two earned runs and two walks.

Grissom 11, Albertville 3: The Lady Aggies outhit Grissom 13-11, but they left eight runners on base as they fell in the tournament finals on Saturday.

AHS committed four errors in the contest.

Chandler batted 3-for-3 with a double, and Woodruff batted 3-for-4 with a double and run to pace the Lady Aggies at the plate.

Light finished 2-for-3 with a double, run and RBI while Ponder closed 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Erin Segers was 1-for-2, Bruce 1-for-3 and Townsend 1-for-4. Copeland scored a run.

Ponder was tagged for 11 hits in five innings in the circle. She walked one.

Chandler pitched two innings of hitless relief. She fanned two and walked one.

“We hit the ball well, but we played crappy defense,” Woodruff said. “We didn’t get the big hit when we needed it.

“I can’t say enough about Ponder’s performance this weekend.

“It was a pretty good showing for us to finish second to a good Grissom team.”

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