Cedar Bluff picks up a pair of wins, Lady Warriors rally past Sand Rock in Cherokee County Softball Tournament

Cedar Bluff’s Natalie Baty tosses a pitch to a Gaylesville batter during the Cherokee County Softball Tournament on Friday. Photo courtesy of Billy Garrett.

By Shannon Fagan, WEIS Sports Director

CENTRE – The Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers picked up a pair of wins in the Cherokee County Softball Tournament on Friday at Cherokee County High School.

In the first game, Natalie Baty no-hit Gaylesville through three innings, and Za’Niya Kyle crushed a grand slam to left field in the bottom of the first inning in a 15-0 victory.

Cedar Bluff then took down Spring Garden 9-2 in the nightcap to advance to Saturday morning’s winners bracket game against Cherokee County at 11:30 a.m. The Lady Warriors rallied to defeat Sand Rock 4-3 in other opening-round action on Friday.

In Cedar Bluff’s win over Gaylesville, Baty went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and a RBI. Mattie Payne was 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and a RBI. Rylie Walker also went 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBIs.

Kyle collected a pair of hits, a run and four RBIs. Reece Patterson and Ciana Smith both added a pair of hits, three runs and a RBI. Harlie Nelson had a pair of hits, a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs. Haley Allen finished with a hit, a run and a RBI.

Baty walked two and struck out six in three innings of work. Mackenzie Kimmons suffered the loss for the Lady Trojans.

Cedar Bluff also got out to a hot start against Spring Garden in Friday’s tournament nightcap. The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and three in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.

Payne went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored three runs. Baty was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs. Ciana Smith collected a pair of hits, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Patterson posted a hit, a walk and two RBIs. Allen added a hit, a walk and a RBI. Walker singled and drove in three runs. Nelson scored a run and drove in another.

Spring Garden scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Maggie Reedy delivered a pair of hits and a RBI. Maggie Jarrett and Layla Ingram both had a hit and scored a run. Avery Steward, Kayley Kirk and Olivia Law each finished with a hit for the Lady Panthers.

Patterson earned the win for Cedar Bluff after scattering two earned runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Steward suffered the loss for the Lady Panthers.

Spring Garden drops to the losers bracket with the loss and will take on the winner of Saturday’s 10 a.m. game between Gaylesville and Sand Rock.

In Friday’s other county tournament game, Cherokee County rallied from a two-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third inning to defeat Sand Rock.

Raechel Russell delivered the go-ahead double to left in the bottom of the third. Lanie Williams also doubled in a run in the inning. Anna Walker also added a run-scoring single.

Williams led the Lady Warriors at the plate with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Emma Hill also had a pair of hits. Walker collected a hit, a run and two RBIs. Macy Lea and Bristol Bass both finished with a hit.

Hill picked up the win after working six innings. She struck out 13 batters, walked four and gave up three earned runs on a pair of home runs by Katelyn StClair and EllaGrace Hood in the third inning.

StClair’s homer was a solo shot to left. Following a walk to Jadyn Foster, Hood blasted a two-run shot to center to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-1 advantage.

Sherina Foster added a bloop double with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Wildcats left her stranded.

Hood suffered the loss after working three innings. She gave up all four Lady Warrior runs on seven hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Foster tossed the other two innings, surrendering just a hit with three strikeouts, including the 900th of her career.

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