By Chad Dixon
The Smiths Station Sports Complex was the host site last weekend for the 8Uand 10U Dixie Sub-District Softball tournaments and will have representatives in this weekend’s district tournaments in Montgomery.
Smiths Station’s 10U team defeated Beulah’s 10U team 30-5 on June 15. Morgan Masters picked up the win and pitched two scoreless innings. She did not allow a hit and struck out five batters. Madison Gary led off the top of the first with a single and scored on an error to give Smiths Station an early 1-0 lead. Masters would reach on a bunt and scored after three infield errors. Maddison Edge was hit by a pitch. Khloe Parry and Korbyn Missildine walked. Both would score later in the inning. Cailey Duncan walked to load the bases and Trinity Phelan scored Parry when she took a bases loaded walk. Aiden Buchanan extended the lead to 7-0 with a three-run double.
Masters struck out a pair and caught a fly ball to keep Beulah off of the board in the bottom of the first. Smiths Station put the game away in the top of the second with a 10-run inning. Duncan, Phelan, Buchanan, Brianna Holmes and Haylee Parker each drove in an RBI in the inning. Missildine was 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Buchanan drove in four RBI. Masters hit a three-run triple in the top of the third. Holmes and Duncan drove in two runs each.
Smiths Station advanced to Tuesday’s championship game with an 18-8 win over Auburn on Saturday evening. Auburn took advantage of nine second-inning walks to take an 8-1 lead. Masters walked and scored in the first inning for Smiths Station.
Phelan walked to start the bottom of the second. Buchanan doubled. Two batters later, Parker also doubled. Kinsley Enfinger then drew a walk to put runners at the corners. Gary hit an RBI single to score Parker. Edge singled and scored later in the inning to tie the game at eight. Smiths Station took a 12-8 lead in the bottom of the third. Buchanan and Holmes hit back-to-back one-out hits. They both scored. Parker walked and Enfinger singled. All four batters scored in the inning.
Parry and Kaitlyn Kirkland walked in the bottom of the fourth. Duncan then hit a two-run double to extend their lead to 14-8. They scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to execute the 10-run mercy rule. Buchanan was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles. Edge, Duncan, Holmes and Missildine each had two hits in the win.
Gary pitched all four innings for Smiths Station. She allowed only two hits and struck out 12 batters. She was 3-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. She drove in four runs in the lead-off spot. Smiths Station will open the district tournament today in Montgomery.
The Smiths Station 8U team defeated Beulah 22-2 on Friday and 17-4 on Saturday. Lynzie Mounce, Ramsey Vardman, Caroline Chapa, Kayden Walker and Courtney Allen hit five consecutive singles begin the first inning for Smiths Station on Friday. Autumn Bonner scored a pair with a double to extend their lead to 5-0. Jalexis Johnson singled to score Bonner. Kylie Hartman and Paisley Bailey singled and scored later in the inning. Ky Hardcastle scored after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
McKinley Hall, Madilyn Boyer and Mounce hit three straight hits to begin the second inning for Smiths Station. All three batters scored in an eight-run inning. Chapa, Walker and Bonner each singled in the inning. Hardcastle and Bailey singled and scored to start the third inning.
On Saturday, Mounce reached on an error to start the first inning for Smiths Station. Vardman singled and Chapa doubled. Allen, Bonner and Hartman also had hits in the inning. Smiths Station led 6-0 after one inning. Allen delivered a three-run triple in the second inning to extend the lead to 10. Allen was a perfect 3-for-3. Vardman, Chapa, Bonner and Johnson were also 3-for-3.
Smiths Station’s Darlings team will open the district tournament on June 22 against Montgomery East’s Sub-district winner at 7pm ET. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday. The 10U team will start their tournament today in Montgomery.