ACA rallies to defeat Northridge


ACA’s Meagan Osment (5) makes contact during a game against Northridge High School in the Tuscaloosa City-County softball tournament on Friday. (Photo by Erin Nelson)


BROOKWOOD | The American Christian Academy softball team overcame a couple of deficits Friday and defeated Northridge 8-3 in the Tuscaloosa City-County Tournament.

Rachel Skelton belted a three-run homer as ACA took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. The game ended in the top of the fifth because of a time limit.

"It’s an older group," ACA coach Billy White said. "We have seniors that lead the way. We’re not fazed by any time of situation. It seems like we’re not fazed, but we battle. Every inning they seem to battle."

With one out in the bottom of the second, Taylor Mize reached on an error, and Taylor Stamps bunted for a single. Chandler Dare singled in Mize. Skelton, who struck out her first time up, launched a drive over the center-field fence. Her fourth homer of the season gave the Lady Patriots a 6-2 lead.

"That was a momentum swing right there," White said. "You could tell that everything shifted after that (homer). It’s nice to have those. We’ll take those any time."

In the fourth, Stamps led off with a double and scored on Dare’s triple. Dare scored when Skelton grounded out. Dare, a senior shortstop and leadoff hitter, went 3-for-3, scored three runs and drove in two.

In the first inning, Dare singled and scored on a double by Meagan Osment. A two-out single by Lauren Mullenix drove in Osment, and ACA had a 2-1 lead.

Northridge got its first run in the top of the first. Hunter Slayton reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Montana Taylor singled, advancing Slayton to third. Taylor took third on a throw to the plate, and Savannah Buck reached on an error. Kersey Hunt singled to drive in Slayton.

ACA pitcher Lashley Graham got out of the inning with a strikeout and an infield fly.

Northridge took a 3-2 lead in the second. Jasmine Thompson tripled and scored on a single by Sami Story. After stealing second, Story scored on Slayton’s single.

Skelton, playing in right field, made a running catch along the foul line and threw to Dare at second base for an inning-ending double play.

Graham pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the win. She allowed seven hits and a walk and struck out three. Mickenzie Sparks pitched three innings in taking the loss. She gave up six hits and six runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

"We started off in the first inning and left the bases loaded," Northridge coach Denton Bowling said. "We weren’t able to capitalize. We managed to get one run out of that with one out, so that wasn’t good enough.

"All credit to them. They came in, top to bottom, put the ball in play and moved around the bases pretty good."

 

Brookwood 15, Holt 0

Amanda Medders hit a three-run home run, collected five RBIs and scored two runs for Brookwood.

Caitlin Headrick scored four runs and drove in two. Cassidy Hutchins had three RBIs. Taylor Parker scored three runs and drove in two. Senna Marchant scored three runs.

Codi Pierson was the winning pitcher.

 

Brookwood 4, ACA 2

The Lady Panthers scored all their runs in the third inning.

Caitlin Headrick walked, Cassidy Hutchins singled and Amanda Medders advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Codi Pierson drove in two runs with a double. Brooke Hagood had a run-scoring triple. Bree Franklin singled to drive in Hagood.

ACA’s Chandler Dare and Rachel Skelton each singled in the first inning and both wound up scoring.

Amanda Medders was the winning pitcher, and Kaitlyn Hamner took the loss.

Northridge 25, Holt 1, 3 innings

Kerri Irvin pitched all three innings to take the win on the mound. She did not allow a hit or a walk. She struck out four and gave up one run.

Northridge’s (15-10) hitters included Sami Story who batted 1-for-1 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a double. Montana Taylor was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Hunter Slayton was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, and Mickey Sparks was 3-for-3 with four runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a triple.

 

Brookwood 7, Northridge 0

Freshman Lindsye Jefferson threw a six-hit shutout, and senior Caitlin Headrick hit a three-run homer for Brookwood.

Brookwood got its first run in the first inning as Cassidy Hutchins reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error.

In the third, Headrick was hit by a pitch, and Hutchins singled. Headrick scored when Amanda Medders grounded out. Codi Pierson singled to drive in Hutchins.

Brookwood scored four runs in the fourth. Bree Franklin singled and advanced when Jefferson grounded out. Senna Marchant singled to drive in Franklin. After Taylor Parker bunted for a hit, Headrick homered to center field to give the Lady Panthers their 7-0 lead.

Jefferson struck out two and walked one. Savannah Buck took the loss. She allowed eight hits and one walk and struck out two.