Softball teams advance in region

Shelby County continues to hit and continues to win, as the Wildcats downed Chilton County, 8-0 in the softball South Central Region Tournament at Lagoon Park Friday.

Jessica Pennington led the Wildcats’ offense with a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the third, as she went 4-for-4 with four RBIs in the game. Brianna Buie followed with a 2-for-3 performance and two RBIs, while Cycola Buie was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“Hopefully we can keep it up,” Wildcats head coach Ashley Phillips said. “We’ve been hitting the ball for the past two to three weeks.”

One reason the Wildcats need the offense to continue to score, and score early, is because Shelby County is down to one pitcher.

Brooklyn Phillips will carry the load for Shelby County this weekend, as she did Friday, allowing two hits and striking out eight.

The Wildcats (24-8) will face Moody Saturday morning at 9.

BRIARWOOD 3, BEAUREGARD 1: Madeline Lamon struck out 15 batters and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning to lead Briarwood to victory over Beauregard in a pitchers’ duel. Hornet’s pitcher Jana Hooper struck out 13. Briarwood put all three of its runs on the board in the third inning, as catcher Lauren Parks drove in two with a single and later scored on a suicide squeeze by Morgan Reed with one out. Caroline Seay also had a single for the Lions. Briarwood will open Saturday’s play against Demopolis.

OAK MTN. 4, GARDENDALE 1: Oak Mountain also one the opening game of its regional in the North Central Region being played at Liberty Park. Julie Moss drove in three of the Eagles’ runs, while Haley Thomaston knocked in the other. Oak Mountain held a 1-0 lead until the third when Gardendale tied it up, but a three-run third by Oak Mountain gave the lead to the Eagles for good. Oak Mountain (31-13-1) will open play Saturday against Tuscaloosa County.