Carlee McCondichie

Gardendale shortstop Carlee McCondichie takes the batter's box in Tuscaloosa. 

TUSCALOOSA—Local softball teams—four of them to be exact—have finished the first two days of the West-Central Regional Tournament with mixed results. Below is a game-by-game recap from Tuscaloosa.

For the third straight season, the Gardendale softball team (45-6-2) has claimed the regional championship with a perfect 3-0 outing in Tuscaloosa. The No. 3-ranked Rockets beat Shades Valley, Pell City and Homewood to complete the Class 6A sweep, and have now won 20 of their last 23 ballgames as the state tournament approaches.

Including three wins last week at the Area 11 Tournament, the Rockets have now outscored their last six opponents by a combined score of 78-7.

Gardendale will play its state tournament opener next Wednesday at 9 a.m. against the No. 2 qualifier out of the South Regional: seventh-ranked Baldwin County. The state tournament will be played at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. 

Gardendale 15, Shades Valley 4 (five innings)

▪ Kailey Vaughn: three hits, four RBIs

▪ Savannah Pennington: three hits, two RBIs, two runs scored

▪ Abbie Waters: three hits, two runs scored

▪ Carlee McCondichie: two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored

▪ Kylee Franklin: two hits, three RBIs

Gardendale 5, Pell City 3

Gardendale trailed early and late, but pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 advantage that later went final in Tuscaloosa. The Rockets tied things up at 1-1 in the third, jumped out front 2-1 in the fourth, fell behind 3-2 in the top of the sixth and answered with three decisive runs in the home-half to earn a date with Homewood in the No. 1 qualifier game.

▪ Kaitlyn Clark: complete game pitched, 10 strikeouts, two walks

▪ Carlee McCondichie: three hits, one run scored, one RBI

▪ Abbie Waters: three hits, one run scored, one RBI

▪ Jaycee Dill: two hits, two runs scored

▪ Kailey Vaughn: two hits, one run scored, one RBI

Gardendale 13, Homewood 0 (five innings)

Left fielder Jaycee Dill broke things open with a three-run shot in the third inning, as Gardendale tore past the Homewood Patriots 13-0 in the Class 6A West-Central Regional championship game on Friday night. While senior Kaitlyn Clark worked a five-inning shutout in the circle, Gardendale scratched one across in the first, six runs in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Rockets outhit Homewood 13-2 to punch their state tournament ticket.

▪ Jaycee Dill: two hits, five RBIs

▪ Savannah Pennington: two hits, four RBIs

▪ Kaitlyn Clark: five-inning shutout, two hits allowed, two strikeouts

▪ Carlee McCondichie: two hits, two runs scored, one RBI

The Pinson Valley softball team (21-28) opened up the Class 6A West-Central Regional Tournament with a 6-2 win over Hueytown, but dropped its next two games against Homewood and McAdory to bring its 2019 season to a close. The Indians end their season as the runner-up out of Area 12 with a record of 21-30.

Pinson Valley 6, Hueytown 2

▪ Jordan Walker: complete game pitched, nine strikeouts, two RBIs

▪ Shauna Clevenger: two hits, three RBIs

Homewood 5, Pinson Valley 3

▪ Shauna Clevenger: two hits, one RBI

▪ Ka’Mya Hampton: four innings pitched, four strikeouts

▪ Hope Cole: one hit, one RBI

McAdory 4, Pinson Valley 3

McAdory ended the Indians’ season with a single run in the seventh, breaking a 3-3 tie.

▪ Anna Sullivan: two RBIs

▪ Savannah Mayes: two hits

▪ (M) Mikeria Howard: three hits

The Fultondale softball team (6-20) endured a long, wet Thursday in Tuscaloosa.

The Wildcats went 0-2 on the first day of the West-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, ending their season with a record of 6-20. Thanks to a six-hour weather delay, Fultondale’s two games started more than 10 hours apart. The season-ender—an 18-7 loss to Lamar County—went final at around 9:30 p.m.

J.B. Pennington 10, Fultondale 0

▪ (JB) Alanna Goble: perfect game, 15 strikeouts, five innings pitched

▪ (JB) Mallory Adams: two hits, two RBIs

▪ Morgan Rascoe: four innings pitched, two strikeouts

Lamar County 18, Fultondale 7

▪ (LC) Kaylee Hassell: four hits, three RBIs

▪ (LC) Cameron Rogers: three hits, three RBIs

▪ Morgan Rascoe: four innings pitched, two strikeouts

The Mortimer Jordan softball team (35-13) opened up the Class 5A West-Central Regional Tournament with back-to-back wins on Friday, which earns them a berth in the regional championship game on Monday against the winner of No. 1 Hayden-No. 7 Alexandria. 

The fifth-ranked Blue Devils started with a 3-2 win over No. 3 Springville and held on for a 4-3 win over Southside-Gadsden in the nightcap.

Mortimer Jordan 3, Springville 2

Blue Devil freshman Mikayla McCain doubled home two runs in the top of the fifth, junior righty Madi Maze tossed two-run ball and Mortimer Jordan notched its biggest win of the 2019 season on Friday in Tuscaloosa.

▪ Madi Maze: seven innings pitched, two runs allowed, eight strikeouts

▪ (S) Abby Swaney: seven innings pitched, three runs allowed, eight strikeouts

▪ Maia Townsend: three hits

▪ Mikayla McCain: one hit, two RBIs

▪ Ainsley Grimes: one hit, one RBI

Mortimer Jordan 4, Southside-Gadsden 3

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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