Zion Chapel in drivers seat at state

Published 1:06 am Saturday, May 17, 2014

With a pair of wins Friday at Lagoon Park, Zion Chapel finds itself firmly in control of the 2A title picture.

The Lady Rebels downed the four-time defending Hatton Lady Hornets 5-4 in the first game of the day, before dropping the Lady Leopards of Mobile Christian 7-5 in the nightcap.

“All the girls are really excited about the good start to the tournament,” said Zion Chapel head coach Chelsi Jones. “We said all season that we wouldn’t be satisfied just getting here. One of our goals was to get here, our biggest one is to leave with that blue trophy.”

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In game one, Zion fell behind 2-0 early but clawed out of the hole in the third inning.

Following a hit-by-pitch to Billie Copeland and a walk to Shelby Sorrells, Ivie Sanders singled down the right field line to plate the games first run.

Faith Dewberry followed Sanders’ single with one of her own. Dewberry’s base knock plated two runs and gave Zion Chapel the lead for good.

Alex Ketcham singled in a run in the fourth inning to extend the Rebel lead.

Copeland picked up her second RBI of the game with a double to left in the seventh,

In the second game of the day, Zion scored four runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third to beat Mobile Christian 7-5.

Shelby Sorrells hit and pitched the Lady Rebels to the win. Sorrells racked up three RBIs on two hits for Zion Chapel She doubled in the first inning and homered in the second inning. She also picked up the win for Zion Chapel Lady Rebels Varsity.

Sorells allowed one earned run, six hits and three walks while striking out two over seven innings of work.

Zion Chapel will meet Hale County in the winner’s bracket at 10:30 a.m.

Goshen knocked off Colbert Heights 5-4 in its opening game of the day, but fell to Hale County 5-0 in the second.

In game one, Goshen led throughout and held a comfy 5-0 lead entering the final half inning.

Colbert Heights took advantage of multiple Lady Eagle errors in the final half inning to plate four runs, but Goshen’s Lizzy Galloway slammed the door on the late rally attempt. She notched a strikeout and a pop out to end the game. In game two, Goshen managed just three hits and gave up a late home run.