The Skyline softball program’s area tournament championship streak continues.
The No. 10-ranked Vikings won their sixth consecutive area tournament championship by sweeping visiting Woodville 11-0 and 18-2 in the Class 1A Area 14 Tournament championship Monday night.
Because Area 14 was a two-team league, the teams played a best-of-three series to determine the area tournament title and runner-up.
Both teams advanced to play in the Class 1A North Regional May 9-10 in Florence. Skyline (15-21-2) plays Athens Bible while Woodville plays Covenant Christian in the opening round May 9 at noon.
In Game 1, the Vikings scored nine runs in the first inning to take control.
Madison Smith finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Gracie Stucky had an RBI double, a walk and was hit by pitch for the Skyline. Aidan Bellomy had one hit and two RBIs and Audra Bellomy had one hit and one RBI while Lexie Stucky and Blakely Stucky had one hit each and Caity Ledwell and Dacey Allen had one RBI apiece. Allen also got the win the circle for the Vikings.
In Game 2, Skyline built an 8-2 lead after two innings before scoring 10 runs in the third inning.
Smith (three runs) and Audra Bellomy (two RBIs) both went 3-for-4 for the Vikings while Lexie Stucky was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Aidan Bellomy finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Gracie Stucky was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs while Blakely Stucky was 2-for-2 and Ledwell (two runs) and Jayla Ross (two RBIs) had one hit each. Brinlee Potts drew two walks, and Allen got the win in the pitching circle.
North Jackson wins Class 4A Area 14 Tournament title — The Class 4A No. 3-ranked and top-seeded Chiefs won their second straight area championship with Tuesday’s 10-0 victory over second-seeded DAR.
North Jackson (29-9-1), which defeated DAR in Monday’s winners bracket final 11-1, advances to the Class 4A North Regional for the third straight season and the fourth time in program history. The Chiefs play the Area 13 runner-up in Florence on May 9.
North Jackson took a 1-0 lead when Kassidy Holder tripled and scored on Ja’Khia Hutchins’ RBI double. The Chiefs took command with a seven-run third inning highlighted by Josie Thompson’s three-run double, Mikaela Barnes’ RBI groundout and Hadley Burnette’s RBI sacrifice bunt. North Jackson added two more in the fourth when Hutchins scored on a passed ball and Chloe Chisenall scored on Charley Smith’s RBI single.
Thompson finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Smith also drove in three runs while Hutchins, Barnes and Burnette had one RBI each.
Thompson held DAR to only two hits in 4 2/3 innings to get the win in the circle.
The Chiefs officially clinched a berth in the Class 4A North Regional Tournament with Monday’s winners bracket final victory over DAR.
Atkins and Thompson both went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs while Smith had a single and two RBIs. Makenzie Bennett had one hit and one RBI while Hutchins, Chisenall and Makenna Jones had one hit each. Avery Wynne had an RBI.
Thompson recorded 12 strikeouts while pitching a complete game in the circle for the Chiefs.
Scottsboro plays East Limestone for a regional berth today in the Class 5A Area 16 Tournament — At Ardmore, third-seeded Scottsboro got two late runs and defeated fourth-seeded Madison County Tuesday night to advance to the Class 5A Area 16 Tournament Elimination Bracket Finals.
The Wildcats opened the area tournament with a 5-4 loss to second-seeded East Limestone to fall into the elimination bracket.
With the game tied 2-all in the top of sixth inning, Scottsboro (19-17) took the lead when Caitlin Terrell scored on a Madison County error on a grounder hit by Tearra Moore. The Wildcats added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Lexie Bennett tripled and scored on Audrey Holland’s RBI sacrifice fly.
Scottsboro scored its first two runs in the top of the first when Bennett singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch while Audrey Holland singled and scored when Terrell was caught stealing at second base.
Bennett finished 4-for-4 — she was 8-for-8 during Scottsboro’s two games Tuesday — with two runs scored for Scottsboro while Holland singled.
Alyssa Smart pitched a complete game in the circle for the Wildcats, allowing two runs (none earned) on seven hits while recording eight strikeouts.
The Wildcats lost a back-and-forth game to East Limestone earlier on Tuesday. Scottsboro took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Bennett tripled and scored on Terrell’s RBI sacrifice bunt. East Limestone countered with three runs in the bottom of the first, but Scottsboro pulled within 3-2 on Terrell’s RBI single and took a 4-3 lead in the fifth after Terrell’s RBI double and Olivia Tubbs’ RBI single. But East Limestone answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Scottsboro went down in order in the seventh.
Bennett finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Terrell was 2-for-3 with two RBIs while Tubbs (RBI) and Audrey Holland had one hit each. Bennett pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, striking out five while allowing no earned runs.
Scottsboro plays in the elimination bracket final today at 4 p.m. against the loser of today’s 2-p.m. winners bracket final between Ardmore and East Limestone The winner of that game secures a berth in the North Regional in Florence on May 10-11 and advances to the area tournament finals at 6 p.m. (“If Game” at 8 p.m.).