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West Morgan’s Friday hit fest!

| Caleb Suggs
| Caleb Suggs

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Perhaps no one from Morgan County came into the North softball regional tournament in Huntsville than the West Morgan Rebels from class 3A. The Rebels had blown through the County and Area tournaments as they claimed the title in both and were looking to do the same in regionals. First up would come the Plainview Bears.

Plainview took control first as they scored two runs to take the 2-0 lead.

However, the Rebels would fire back quickly as Taylor Goodpastor and Haley Keaty were walked and Kayla Moore added a single to load the bases with no outs. Sydney Sanders would drive in Goodpastor thanks to a sacrifice fly and Aaliyah Wallace would knock in the other two with a double as West Morgan took the lead 3-2.

The second inning was almost a complete mirror of the first as Goodpastor and Keaty were walked and Moore singled again to load the bases. Sanders would be walked as well to give the Rebels a 4-2 lead on a bases loaded walk.

After cutting the lead to 4-3 in the fourth, Plainview would take the lead in the fifth when the Bears hit a three-run home run to make it 6-4.

However, West Morgan would retaliate as Jenna Louis blasted a three-run shot of her own to help the Rebels retake the lead 7-6.

The back and forth affair would continue as Plainview took advantage of two doubles and a two-run single to retake the lead 9-7. West Morgan would try to come back but would strand runners on first and third base in each of the least two innings and fall to the Bears 9-7 in the first game.

After the game, Rebel’s head coach Sam Brown knew his team didn’t play to the best of their ability. “We didn’t do a good job defensively. Sydney (Sanders) usually gets a good bit of strikeouts and she didn’t get hardly any in this game,” Brown said. “Give props to them they hit the ball well and they’re probably the best hitting team we’ve faced but we have to do a better job.”

The Rebels answered their coaches’ call as they shutout their next two opponents Brindlee Mountain and Sand Rock with scores of 12-0 and 1-0 respectively.

In their fourth game, the Rebels would take on area foe Lauderdale County.

The Rebels took control of the game in the third inning thanks to hits from Goodpastor, Moore, Keaty and Jada Terry along with a two-run home run from Wallace.

The Rebels continued their offensive onslaught in the fifth. Hits from Sanders, Terry, Wallace, Goodpastor, Keaty and Jaye Hardy gave West Morgan the 12-0 lead. The Rebels gave up their first run to the Tigers since the Plainview game, but would still finish the game in five innings with 12-1 win which set up a game against Pisgah to decide who would go to state.

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