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Hillcrest can't get offense going

Desiree Morrow's home run was the only run Hillcrest scored in two games Saturday. (Photo by Dusty Compton | Tuscaloosa News)

TUSCALOOSA | The Hillcrest High School softball team lost twice Saturday and bowed out of the Class 6A North Central Regional.

After falling to Hewitt-Trussville 2-0, the Lady Patriots lost to Gardendale 2-1.

Desiree Morrow gave Hillcrest a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a home run. Gardendale got both its runs in the fifth. Baleigh Moffett and Claire Lumpkin singled. Bekah Hall singled in a run, and Lumpkin scored on a passed ball.

Cris Gant was the winning pitcher. She allowed two hits and three walks and struck out eight. Hannah Payne (14-5) took the loss. She gave up three hits and struck out two.

Leigh McAnally had a two-run single in Hewitt-Trussville’s victory. Kimberly Mullins was the winning pitcher. Payne allowed three hits and struck out two in taking the loss.

Hillcrest finished at 45-18 with Anna Blake Barnette and Ashley Hixon as the only seniors.

"I couldn’t be more proud for Hannah Payne," coach Ted Swinney said. "She gave us a chance to win.

"At the very end, we had chances in the sixth and seventh. That’s all you can really ask for. They battled. I’m extremely proud of them."


Gardendale 7, TCHS 3

Tuscaloosa County, which qualified as the Area 9 runner-up, finished 21-26.

Kristin Lange was the winning pitcher for Gardendale. Alisha Rainey took the loss.

Tuscaloosa County’s Alexis Trawick had two hits, including a double, and Lindsay Turner had two hits.

Tuscaloosa County’s seniors are Turner, Savannah Lunceford and Hannah Norwood.

"It’s a fairly young team, and I feel like they’ll work hard in the offseason," coach Wendy Herndon said. "We’ve got a great opportunity to be back here again next year."


Class 5A


Moody 7, Brookwood 1

Brookwood (31-21) lost its second game in the regional late Friday night.

Winning pitcher Jessica Stone (11-8) allowed three hits and a walk and struck out five over five innings. Lindsye Jefferson pitched a complete game in taking the loss. She struck out three and walked three.

Brookwood got its run with two outs in the fourth. Senna Marchant doubled, and courtesy runner Kaylin Patterson scored on Jefferson’s triple.