Ariton hosts area softball tournament

Published 11:16 am Thursday, May 5, 2022

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The Ariton Lady Purple Cats hosted the first round of the Class 2A, Area 3 Tournament on Tuesday.

Ariton pulled off a dominant 11-1 win over Elba in the first round, while GW Long bested Zion Chapel by a score of 16-1 in the other first round matchup.

Ariton earned 12 hits and four walks in 26 at bats against Elba. Kaydee Phillips went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs, while Reese Peters went 2-for-3 with a run and Reagan Tomlin went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Paige Logan pitched all six innings and retired five batters, while giving up five hits and one earned run.

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Zion Chapel struggled to contain Long’s explosive offense in the first round loss, allowing 16 runs in just four innings. At the plate, Kaylen McAllister went 2-for-2 for Zion Chapel, while Kaylee Hodge scored the lone run. Sydney Booth pitched three and 2/3 innings and gave up 17 hits and 16 earned runs in the circle.

In an elimination game, Zion Chapel knocked off Elba later on Tuesday by a score of 5-1. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Zion Chapel scored three runs to take control of the game and never looked back.

Bannin went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs against Elba, while Emily Rhodes went 2-for-3 with a run. Bannin pitched all seven innings and mowed down 11 Elba batters, while giving up four hits and one earned run. Ariton also fell to Long 14-5 in the second round on Tuesday. Against Long, Hollis Cherry earned two hits against Long and Peters hit a three-run home run in the loss.

On May 5, Ariton and Zion Chapel will face off in an elimination game at 1 p.m. at Ariton with the winner playing Long in the Area 3 Championship later that day. Whoever plays Long with need to win two straight games to win the area, however.