Story leads Northridge to Tuscaloosa City/County softball tournament title


BUHL | Sami Story’s first home run didn’t ensure a championship for the Northridge softball team, so she hit another and added a two-run double.

Story, a senior shortstop, drove in a career-best eight runs Saturday, and the Lady Jaguars beat Northside 20-6 to claim the title in the Tuscaloosa City/County Tournament at Sipsey Valley High School.

Story hit a grand slam home run as the Lady Jaguars struck for five runs in the fourth inning. Northridge (21-11) established a season high for a single inning with 12 runs in the seventh. Story hit a two-run homer and doubled in the seventh. She said it was her first two-homer game.

Northside (18-10-1) took a 4-1 lead with four runs in the third. In the fourth, Northside’s Madison Fazer scored when Payton Hamby drew a bases-loaded walk. Story, a right-handed batter, followed with her grand slam to right-center field, giving Northridge a 6-4 lead.

"My teammates were like, ‘You’ve got to get a hit. We have confidence,’" Story said. "I just went up to the plate, swinging hard, watching the ball all the way through. At first, I ducked and ran. Then I looked up and saw it go over, so I started jogging."

Story launched her second homer over the left-field fence, driving in Hamby, who walked.

"I was just trying to get a hit," Story said. "I knew the game was close, and I needed to be on base. I hit it hard."

Northridge, which had a season-best 23 hits, got one run in the first, five in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth and 12 in the seventh.

"Sami stepped it up at the plate today and did a really good job for us," Northridge coach Jack Hazelrig said. "My hat’s off to Northside because they played us tough all the way through to the end.

"We kind of took over a little bit at the end, but they played a great game to that point."

Savannah Buck, the winning pitcher, went 4-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Frazer went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. Hamby, who scored four times, had a hit and drove in a run. Jasmine Thompson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two steals and an RBI.

Buck (8-5) allowed four hits and no runs in 313 innings. She had two strikeouts. Abbie Ray (0-1) took the loss. She allowed five hits, four runs and two walks and struck out one.

In the Northside third, Ryleigh Malone singled in a run. Reagan Malone tripled in two runs and scored on Haley Barnette’s sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Briana Crumpton doubled and eighth-grader Alex Green hit a two-run homer to tie it at 6.

"I can’t say enough about my girls and how proud I am of them for battling and competing all year long and today as well," Northside coach Tommy Honeycutt said.

Northside plays at Gordo Monday. Northridge plays at home against Brookwood Tuesday.


Northside 12, Brookwood 6

Northside’s Reagan Malone drove in three runs with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. Destiny Noble and Briana Crumpton each drove in two runs. Riley Grace Honeycutt scored three runs. Ryleigh Malone scored twice and drove in a run.

Brooke Hagood singled in two runs for Brookwood (8-14-1) in the first inning. The Lady Panthers scored two runs in the second on an RBI single by Taylor Parker and an error. Katie Heaps singled in two runs in the third.

Rikki Bush pitched one-plus inning to get the win. She allowed four hits and four runs with two walks and a strikeout. Cody Pierson took the loss. She allowed five hits and eight runs with two walks and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.


Northridge 5, ACA 1

Northridge scored three runs in the first inning and two in the fourth.

In the first, Sami Story doubled and scored on an error. Kerri Irvin and Maggie Porter each had an RBI single. In the fourth, Savannah Buck singled in a run. Montana Taylor scored when Madison Frazer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Kate Gaddy homered in the fourth inning for American Christian Academy (13-13).

Mickey Sparks got the win with a complete-game in five innings. She allowed three hits and a walk and struck out four. Hailey Olsen pitched one inning in taking the loss. She allowed three hits and three walks and struck out one.


Northside 2, Paul W. Bryant 1

Northside got the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and won in six.

In the fifth, Briana Crumpton reached second on an error, and courtesy runner Carson Beatty went to third on Alex Green’s sacrifice bunt. Beatty scored on a passed ball.

Abbey Jordan homered in the second inning for Paul W. Bryant (4-6).

Savannah Stamps (8-6-1) got the win. She allowed seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Mary Elizabeth Brogden took the loss. She allowed two hits and two walks and struck out five.


Northridge 11, Sipsey Valley 4

Northridge’s Jasmine Thompson went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two steals. Sami Story went 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and two steals. Kerri Irvin had two hits and scored twice. Kersey Hunt went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Payton Hamby had a hit and drove in two runs.

Sipsey Valley scored its four runs in the first inning. Kendall Johnson went 1-for-2 and stole a base. Brionna Alvarado had a double and drove in a run. Riley Johnson had a hit and a walk and scored a run.

Savannah Buck was the winning pitcher. She allowed six hits and four runs in four innings. She gave up two earned runs and two walks and struck out three.

Alvarado took the loss. She allowed 11 hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, in 313 innings. She walked three and struck out one.


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