Pelham coach reaches 100th

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Pelham softball coach Amy Sullivan reached her 100th career victory last week as the Panthers defeated Shades Valley 9-3.

&uot;It was good,&uot; Sullivan said. &uot;It’s good for the kids. They knew it was 100 so they played extra hard.&uot;

Nicole Cornett earned the win for Pelham walking two and giving up two earned runs in seven innings of work.

&uot;Nicole pitched probably her best game of the year,&uot; Sullivan said.

Cornett (8-5) struck out five batters in the contest.

Brandi Lavender went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

Freshman Ashley Smith was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs while Allison Young had two RBIs and a a stolen base.

Ryan Elsea had one hit, one run, two steals and one RBI for Pelham.

Sullivan said the personal milestone was also a benchmark for the Pelham softball program.

&uot;It means more for the progam than it does for me,&uot; she said. &uot;It just shows we are moving in the right direction here.&uot;

Sullivan, who has coached at Pelham for three years, previously worked at Bessemer Academy after a stint as a softball and basketball coach in Georgia