Softball Title Game Summaries
May 22, 2011Alabama Radio
Hatton, Dallas County, Dothan Win Softball Titles
Hatton 2-6, Lexington 1-3
Hatton (42-15) came out of the loser's bracket to beat area rival Lexington 2-1 and 6-3 Friday night at Lagoon Park in Montgomery to claim the Class 2A state softball championship.
Hillary Carpenter hurled both wins, pitching a six-hitter in the deciding game and striking out four. She yielded five hits and struck out five in the first game to force the do-or-die game in the double-elimination, eight-team state tournament.
Jessica Speake clubbed two hits and drove in one run for the Hornets. Shaide Parker had two RBIs on one hit off losing pitcher Tenna Patterson. Kate Wallace had two hits for Lexington (38-13-1) and drove in two runs.
Carey Grace Peebles singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of the first game. Patterson allowed only three hits and struck out three in the loss.
Carpenter was selected 2A State Tournament MVP. Also named to the All-Tournament Team were Jessica Speake, Carey Grace Peebles and Mariah Cantrell of Hatton; Hannah Harper, Katie Wallace, Tenna Patterson and Phoenix Young of Lexington; Cadi Oliver and Katyln Sides of Sumiton Christian.
CLASS 4A Finals
Dallas County 5, Cherokee County 3 (8 innings)
Dallas County (38-5) blitzed through the Class 4A State Softball Tournament undefeated to claim the state championship Friday night at Lagoon Park. The Hornets beat Cherokee County 5-3 in the finals as Cassandra Daniels hurled the win.
Daniels gave up just four hits and struck out seven in the championship. Lauren Millsaps got the loss. Dallas County had 10 hits, including two each by Whitney Denson and Kelly Ingram. Kendall Veach slugged a two-run homer in top of the eighth inning to give the Hornets the win.
Kaitlyn Griffith hit a two-run homer off Daniels in the fifth inning for the Warriors (44-12).
Kelly Ingram was chosen MVP. Joining her on the Class 4A All-Tournament Team were Whitney Denson, Cassie Daniels, Madison Millsaps and Amy Persinger of Dallas County; Molly Brewer, Lauren Phillips and Candace Blanchard, Cherokee County; McKenzie Kilpatrick and Amanda Seales, Alabama Christian.
CLASS 6A Finals
Dothan 2-8, Hoover 8-2
Hoover came out of the loser's bracket to beat Dothan 8-2 Friday at Lagoon Park to force another game, but the Lady Tigers returned the favor in the final contest to claim the school's first fast pitch Class 6A state softball championship.
Hilari Hopkins had three hits, including a triple, and Audrey Jones scored two runs in the final game. Kasey Cooper and Crystal Anderson opened the final game with solo homers. Toni Anderson also slugged homers for Dothan (59-7-1).
Emily Robinson gave up four hits and struck out four to notch the win. Madison Dickey also opened the bottom of the first inning with a home run for the Bucs. (43-25).
Dothan's Kasey Cooper was chosen MVP. Also named to the Class 6A All-Tournament Team were Crystal Anderson, Hilari Hopkins and Denise Anderson of Dothan; Madison Dickey, Mary C. Nichols, Marcy Harper and Kalee Sparks, Hoover; Megan Dowdy and Hannah Qualls of Fairhope.