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Moore fans 26 as Winfield wins in 14 innings

Winfield’s Madi Moore struck out 26 batters in a 2-1 win over Good Hope in 14 innings. She fanned 57 in the regional. (Photo by Dusty Compton | Tuscaloosa News)

TUSCALOOSA | Madi Moore did her part in the pitching circle, and catcher Lexie Coleman delivered the hit that gave the Winfield softball team a berth in the AHSAA Class 3A tournament.

Coleman singled in a run in the bottom of the 14th inning, and the Lady Pirates defeated Good Hope 2-1 in the North Central Regional. Winfield, 3-0 in the regional, will play in the state tournament next week at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.

Winfield loaded the bases in the 14th as Micaela Beck singled, Jordankate Easterwood walked and Moore reached on an error. Coleman ended it with her single to left field.

"If it wasn’t for my teammates I couldn’t have done it," Coleman said. "I did it for my team."

Moore threw a no-hitter and struck out 26, giving her 57 strikeouts in the three regional games.

"I didn’t know how long I could go," Moore said. "I just knew I wasn’t going to stop. We had to win that game, and we pulled it out. I’m so happy.

"This sounds crazy, but I just stayed calm. I was not about to quit and lay down. I just kept my cool. I was like, ‘I’m about to get these out, and we’re going to go back in and then we are going to win.’"

Winfield coach George Hennicke said Moore had been suffering from mononucleosis.

"I’m so proud of her for how hard she fought and how the team fought," Hennicke said. "The longer we played, it seemed like the harder she was throwing. She said, ‘Everything’s working. I feel good.’"

Winfield tied it at 1 in the bottom of the seventh. Sam Riley hit a fly to shallow left field, and the ball fell in for a double. Beck had an RBI single.

Cara Goodwin pitched a complete game in taking the loss. She recorded 16 strikeouts.


Cordova 4, Northside 2

Northside threatened in the seventh inning by putting two runners on base but couldn’t score.

The Lady Rams (35-17-1) got their runs in the sixth as Reagan Malone and Haley Barnette scored on wild pitches.

"They’ve got a big-time pitcher (Faith Sims)," Northside coach Tommy Honeycutt said. "She showed up, and she got the outs when she needed them.

"Our girls fought, though. They got themselves in a hole early on, and they kept fighting. I expected that because all year long that’s what they’ve shown."

Sims allowed two hits and two walks2 and struck out 10. Savannah Stamps (18-9) pitched 123 innings in taking the loss. She allowed two hits and three walks and struck out one. Reliever Rikki Bush held Cordova scoreless the rest of the way.

Northside’s only senior is catcher Karley Watts.

"I can’t say enough about Karley Watts and how much she’s meant to this program and how much she’s meant to me," Honeycutt said. "She’s laid a good foundation for the younger girls to follow in the future."