Tiger softball wins four in Gulf Shores
The Hartselle Tigers softball team picked up four wins in the Gulf Coast Classic this past week. They defeated Morristown East (Tenn.), Vernon Hills (Ill.), Florence and Lawrence County while tying Vestavia Hills.
“The Gulf Shores tournament is always great because it falls right in the middle of the season,” Hartselle coach Christopher Reeves said. “The girls have the opportunity to bond with each other and learn new things they might’ve not already known. It also allows us to see various competition from other states and some quality in-state teams. Finally, it allows us to refresh yet tighten up the lineup that will lead us throughout the remainder of the season.”
Hartselle 10, Morristown-Hamblen East (Tenn.) 0
The Tigers scored eight in the first inning and cruised to a 10-0 win over Morristown East (Tenn.). Chloe Gray led Hartselle with two hits and three RBI, while Kaelyn Jones and Brooklyn Stiles each scored two runs. In addition, Jones had three stolen bases. Sarah Bowling picked up the win after allowing one hit while striking out two in two innings. Bailey Lawrence pitched two innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out three.
Hartselle 1, Vestavia Hills 1
Hartselle’s Jones scored a run in the top of the fifth to tie Vestavia at 1-1. After the Lady Rebels failed to score in the bottom of the fifth, the game ended in a tie. Jones, Blayne Godfrey and Brityan Godfrey each had a hit. Blayne Godfrey kept the Tigers in the game by pitching a three-hitter while striking out eight in five innings.
Hartselle 6, Vernon Hills (Ill.) 3
Jones continued her hot streak, picking up three hits, including a home run and a triple, along with two RBI, while scoring three runs and stealing two bases to lead Hartselle to a 6-3 win over Vernon Hills (Ill.) Stiles added two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Brantley Drake had two hits and a run scored. Bowling picked up the win after allowing three runs in three innings. Blayne Godfrey earned the save after pitching two innings of relief and striking out five.
Hartselle 12, Florence 4
Katie Gillott had two hits, including a triple, and four RBIs to lead Hartselle to a 12-4 win over Florence to open bracket play. Jones added two hits and two RBI while scoring two runs and stealing four bases. Drake and Brityan Godfrey each had a hit and an RBI. Lawrence earned the win after pitching 2.2 innings and allowing three runs. Bowling picked up the save in relief, allowing one run in 2.1 innings.
Hartselle 7, Lawrence County 0
Blayne Godfrey struck out 14 while allowing one hit in six innings to lead Hartselle to a 7-0 win over Lawrence County. Jones had three hits, including a triple, and two RBI while scoring two runs. Stiles added two hits and an RBI while scoring a run. Drake, a Samford signee, added a home run.
Springville 7, Hartselle 2
Hartselle fell to Springville 7-2 in the third round of bracket play. Jones was 3-for-3 and scored a run, while Drake added two hits and an RBI. Stiles had a hit and an RBI. Katie Norgard had two doubles and a run scored. Blayne Godfrey took the loss after allowing five runs while striking out five in five innings.