E.A. Sports Today

Monday softball

Oxford powers past Gardendale in showdown of ranked teams; Rolfe, Lady Cubs shut down Coosa Christian

By East Alabama Sports Today

GARDENDALE – Amber Dempsey didn’t rest after being named the most valuable player of the Calhoun County Softball Tournament.

Dempsey continued her assault on the softball Monday, collecting three hits and drilling one of three Oxford home runs as the second-ranked Lady Jackets rallied to beat No. 5 Gardendale 8-5.

Dempsey’s solo homer in the fourth inning cut the Lady Jackets’ deficit to 3-2, but Bailey Clark and Ashlyn Miller both hit two-run homers in the sixth to give them the lead for good. Clark’s homer tied the game 4-4 and Miller’s homer put them ahead.

Oxford pushed across a pair of insurance runs in the seventh after Gardendale closed the gap to 6-5 on Kaylynn Garrett’s sacrifice fly and Haley Lyner’s single.

Garrett, Sarah Howell and Shelby Hicks all had a pair of hits in the game for Oxford.

All five of Gardendale’s runs off Rylee Waldrep were unearned.

Alexandria 6, Coosa Christian 1: Seventh-grade pitcher Emmah Rolfe gave up two hits in seven innings – one in the first and one in the seventh — and struck out nine.

Her teammates supported her with 11 hits, four of them doubles. Jessica Shaw went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Timberlyn Shurbutt and Madi Snow had two hits apiece and Maggie Phillips drove in three runs.

A leadoff walk led to Coosa Christian’s run in the first inning, but the Lady Cubs answered with a two-run double by Phillips in the bottom of the inning and a two-run double by Shaw in the second. Phillips’ ground out and Snow’s line double brought home a pair of runs in the fourth.

Rolfe allowed only two base runners after that, and one of those was erased on a seventh-inning double play.

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