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April 24, 2013

PREP ROUNDUP: Smith's 10th-inning single leads Warriors past Bearcats

WEST POINT — West Point’s Daeshia Smith hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to finally put an end to Tuesday’s wild softball game between the Warriors and Cullman.

Karli Beck struck out three over 10 innings in West Point’s 5-4 victory, while McKenzie Baswell stroked two doubles for two RBIs and Karra Elam provided a single, two RBIs and two runs.

“She pitched her butt off,” Warrior coach Kevin Sullins said. “The whole team played well. It was a good ballgame all the way around.”

Kayla Sullins had a single and a run, and Brooke Marchman and Daranna Campbell each had one hit apiece for West Point.

The Bearcats scored three runs in the seventh to send the area and county contest into extra innings. Cullman’s statistics were unknown.

Prep Golf

Cullman’s Colby Sandlin and Fairview’s Trey Hanvey were two of six golfers who earned spots on the All-Tournament Team at Monday’s massive Cullman/McGriff Invitational.

Nearly 130 golfers from 25 different teams descended on TP Country Club for the event, which was won by Russellville (312). Guntersville (319) was second, Huntsville (328) third and Cullman (334) fourth.

Sandlin finished his round with a 4-over 76, while Hanvey was one shot back at 77.

Good Hope’s Eli Marty (78) missed out on making the All-Tournament Team by one shot. Sylas Elliott and Connor Stevens, both Bearcats, carded 82s.

Wallace State Softball

No. 17 Wallace State softball has earned its eighth straight Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) North Division championship after sweeping Marion Military in a Tuesday doubleheader,  winning 6-2 and 12-1.

 The Lady Lions (43-10, 16-4 ACCC) will be the North’s top seed at the ACCC/Region 22 tournament scheduled for May 3-5 at Veteran’s Park in Alabaster.

 Wallace State’s offense continued to use the long ball to its advantage during the sweep. Freshman Maria Mitchell blasted a pair of homers in the opening game. She hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning, added a solo homer in the sixth  and finished 3 for 3.  

 In the finale, Kori Benson and Paige Rowland each had two-run homers. It was Benson’s team-leading 15th homer and Rowland’s ninth.

 Laken Hancock had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs in the doubleheader, shortstop Victoria Frith added three hits and two RBIs and Benson was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the opener.

 Sophomore Libby Olinger finished 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs in the nightcap, while Annie Holcomb and Ashleigh McClure each had a single and scored a run off the bench.

 Starters BreeAnna Blevins and Lindsey DeFee both continued their effective work on the mound. In the opener, Blevins (20-4) struck out seven and allowed two runs on three hits during her complete-game effort.  DeFee (20-5) recorded two  strikeouts, walked two and surrendered two hits in four innings of work in the 12-1 victory. Kelsey King pitched the final inning, allowing one run.

 Wallace State will wrap up the regular season Friday, hosting Alabama Southern in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. The sophomores will be recognized before the opener.

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham and Wallace State’s Sports Information Department contributed to this report.

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