Red Devils out at state tournament

Published 11:22 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

Behind the fence: The Maplesville bench looks on during a 12-1 loss to South Lamar on Friday.

Maplesville dropped two straight games in the Class 1A state softball tournament Friday ­— the team’s third consecutive appearance — and had its season ended with a record of 26-15.

The Red Devils first lost to South Lamar, 12-1, as the opponents scored in every inning.

MHS, meanwhile, couldn’t get a run of their own across home plate until the bottom of the fifth inning.

Natalie Arnold led off with a walk, and Alisha Blackmon moved Arnold over with a sacrifice bunt.

After an out, Kathryn Jones reached base on an error, allowing Arnold to score and making the tally 8-1.

But Lamar answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning and two more in the seventh inning and the Devils could never threaten the lead.

Maplesville’s second game of the day ended in a 9-3 loss to Waterloo.

Waterloo scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed.

The Devils threatened the lead in the fourth as Courtney Baugh led off with a hit, Kiana Andrews walked and Natalie Arnold singled to load the bases.

Baugh’s courtesy runner, Kimmie Jackson, was brought home on an Alisha Blackmon single to right field, and Andrews scored on a Jordyn Graf groundout to make it 4-2.

Waterloo added a run in the fifth, and Maplesville matched it in the sixth as Andrews hit safely and came around to score, but the Devils were undone by three Waterloo runs in the seventh inning.

Morgan Little went 4-for-8 in two games, while Andrews and Arnold each reached base at least three times.

–News intern Drew Granthum contributed to this report.