UPDATE: Maplesville wins area title

Published 8:08 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scoop it up: Maplesville first baseman Kiana Andrews scoops up a ground ball for an out while teammate Jordyn Graf looks on during a Maplesville win over Verbena on Tuesday in a softball area tournament.

Maplesville’s and Verbena’s softball teams both advanced out of their area tournament on Tuesday.

The top two teams from each area tournament qualify for the regional round, which will be played May 11-12.

Tournament host Maplesville won the area championship. MHS defeated Verbena, 15-0, the first time they played Tuesday and then took an 11-4 win later in the night.

Verbena’s Allyson Brown stretches to put out Maplesville’s Autumn Smith.

Verbena defeated Autaugaville twice, 18-3 and 23-4.

In Maplesville’s win over Verbena the first the teams played Tuesday, MHS pitcher Autumn Smith didn’t surrender a hit until the bottom of the fourth and final inning when Verbena’s Chelsea Bay reached base on a bloop over first base.

Smith didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

Kiana Andrews had two triples in three at-bats to go along with four runs batted in and one run scored. Natalie Arnold went 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored.

Andrews went 4-for-5 in two games combined, and Morgan Little went 5-for-6.

Hope Driver pitched all but three innings of Verbena’s four games on the day.