Mustangs clinch area title, then down rivalsBy Staff Reports Published 4:19pm Friday, April 18, 2014
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
Isabella’s varsity softball team picked up two wins on Thursday, against the Prattville Christian Panthers and county rival Maplesville.
A 3-2 win over area foe Prattville earned the Mustangs their area championship and the privilege of hosting the area tournament at the end of the regular season.
The Mustangs (16-7 overall, 3-1 area) kept right on rolling into their match-up with Maplesville (4-13, 2-2) and made short work of the Red Devils in a 15-0 win in three innings.
With Chelsea Cox on via a walk, a Victoria Fletcher triple to right-center field started the scoring for the Mustangs in the top the first inning.
A Kacie Adams single scored Fletcher, and Jayda Jones scored Adams.
A Makaela Littleton double to left field scored Sophia Underwood and Jones to give the Mustangs five runs in the inning.
Ashton Taylor started the top of the second off with a single for the Red Devils, but an infield ground ball resulted in a force out at second base and brought the inning to an end.
The Mustangs added five more runs in the bottom half of the second inning.
Adams drove in two more runs with a single, and Jones added another with a single to the right side.
Two more RBI came for Littleton on a single to left field that scored Melony Smith and Underwood to give the Mustangs a 10-0 lead.
The Red Devils threatened to score again in the top half of the third inning as Lacee Wallace started the inning off with a single up the middle, and Josey Smitherman reached on a walk to give Maplesville two on with no outs.
A line drive and consecutive ground balls to Mustang pitcher Caley Booth brought the inning to a close, thus ending the Red Devils’ scoring threat.
For the third straight inning, the Mustangs picked up five runs in the home half of the inning.
With the score 14-0 and the bases loaded with no outs, a Booth single to the left side scored Jones and brought the game to its end on the mercy rule, 15-0 after three innings of play.
Booth pitched three innings for the Mustangs, allowing one walk and four hits while recording two strike outs.
Littleton went 2-for-3 with a single, double, and five RBI while Adams was 3-for-3 with three singles and three RBI for Isabella.