Softball action heats up deep into regular season

Published 9:44 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Chilton County area high school softball teams are positioning themselves with a handful of games left on their schedules. Chilton County, Maplesville and Verbena high schools were among the winners from the week of March 29-April 4 in the county.


Chilton County High School

Chilton County High School used three long balls on April 3 to take down Stanhope Elmore High School 6-4 in an AHSAA Class 6A Area 5 game. The Tigers had 11 hits as a team and were led by Tyeshia Williams going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Macey Pierce was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs, and Gracie Brewer and Anna Cate Burnett were each 2-for-3. Mallie Harrison threw a complete game of seven innings surrendering six hits, four runs (three earned) with four strikeouts.

CCHS fell to Wetumpka High School 6-2 on April 4 that saw Emma Penley and Burnett each launch a home run for the Tigers lone RBIs.


Maplesville High School

Maplesville High School was another school that had its schedule altered during the week due to weather on April 2, canceling its game against Montgomery Academy. The Red Devils got into the win column on April 4 over Verbena with a 9-8 win where they outhit them 10-3 en route to the win. Grace Williams was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jaden McGee was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Allie Hand was also 2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI.


Billingsley High School

Billingsley High School won all three of its games during the week, beginning with a 14-3 triumph over Keith High School on April 1. They outhit Keith 12-3 with Alana Jones going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Sadie Primm, Claire Seamon and Ada Willis each having two hits apiece. Willis shined in the circle, throwing a complete game with seven innings, three hits, three runs (all unearned) and striking out 16 batters.

Billingsley traveled to Autaugaville High School for a doubleheader on April 4, winning game one 15-0 and outhitting them 13-0. Shelby Boice, Addyson Raines and Jones each had two RBIs apiece, and Willis’ pitching was again impressive again going three innings with no hits and eight strikeouts. The Bears powered to a 17-2 win in game two led by Raines going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Yasmine Averhart and Boice each had a home run as well, and Megan Chandler, Boice and Primm each recorded two RBIs.


Verbena High School

Verbena High School won its first game of the week 6-5 over Thorsby on April 1 as Maya Schuffert scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Kiara Ray was 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot for the Red Devils, and Lakeyn Mims, Mia Schuffert and Meagan Shiver each had a single.

Verbena’s April 2 game with Isabella was canceled due to weather, but they were back in action on April 4 hosting Maplesville. Maplesville won 9-8, but Mims was 2-for-4 and recorded all of the Verbena RBIs in the game with four. Jaycee Quinn struck out nine batters in the circle.


Thorsby High School

Thorsby High School dropped a close 6-5 game to Verbena High School on April 1 that saw the Rebels hold a 5-3 lead entering the seventh and final inning. However, Verbena posted three runs to take the lead and hold Thorsby scoreless in the bottom half. Brooklyn and Allie Reeser were both 2-for-4 with a double. Makinley Turner controlled the circle for all seven innings and piled up 12 strikeouts.

Thorsby’s April 2 game with Jemison was canceled due to rain.


Jemison High School

Weather affected Jemison High School’s week of action forcing a cancellation of its April 2 game against Thorsby High School. The Panthers faced West Blocton High School on April 4 on the road, but lost 8-0. Alyssa Hayes was 2-for-3 to lead Jemison at the plate, and Trinity Bean, Gracie Conway, Olivia Gilliland and Isabella Larocca each had a single.


Isabella High School

Isabella had its only game of the week, April 2 against Verbena, canceled due to rain. The Mustangs have not played since March 21.