Russellville softball notches successful week
The Russellville Lady Golden Tigers had a busy week on the varsity softball field, winning four of six games.
RHS defeated a county rival, hosted senior night and came in runner-up in a regular-season tournament during recent action on the diamond, which included Jenna Whitfield going 14-for-26 at the plate.
Russellville 13, Red Bay 3
RHS hosted Franklin County rival Red Bay April 6.
Whitfield got her scorching hot week with the bat started with a three-hit, six-RBI performance. The sophomore shortstop had a grand slam and a double to help lead the Lady Golden Tigers to victory. Fallin Cox and Jaiden Calvert also homered for RHS. Maddy Green added two hits, including a double, and Emma Campbell smacked a couple of singles.
Kailee Simpson had the other RHS hit in the contest.
Paislee James and Jacey Moore did the pitching for Russellville. James allowed two runs on two hits over two innings, and Moore pitched three innings allowing one unearned run, and she struck out six batters.
Haleyville 14, Russellville 12
Russellville honored seniors Cox, Emma Hubbert and Simpson April 8. The Lady Golden Tigers battled throughout the night but ultimately lost the marathon 12-inning game.
Simpson pitched nine innings and threw 170 pitches. She struck out nine, gave up nine hits and allowed nine runs, with three being earned. Moore pitched three innings, with one of her five runs allowed being earned.
Calvert was 6-for-7 at the plate for RHS, and Whitfield was 5-for-8. Calvert had three doubles, and Whitfield added two. Hubbert hit a home run for one of Russellville’s 23 hits. Cox and Green had triples, and Summer Butler added three hits.
“The seniors stepped up tonight, and they have all season,” said Russellville head coach Josh Graham. “They are a great group of leaders. The girls really fought hard, and they wanted to get that win for the seniors on senior night.”
Russellville 4, Sparkman 3
The Sparkman Tournament got underway April 9, and RHS defeated the home team in the first game.
Whitfield had three hits for Russellville, while Butler had two, and Cox added one. Butler and Cox had doubles and the winning run scored in the final inning when Hubbert put the ball in play and Sparkman made an error.
Simpson and Moore did the pitching for RHS.
Russellville 6, Haleyville 5
RHS got some revenge over the Lady Lions in the Sparkman Tournament. Moore homered, and Butler had three hits. Natalie Nichols and Hubbert added two hits each for Russellville. James did the pitching, and she gave up two earned runs over six innings.
Russellville 7, Buckhorn 6
Russellville advanced to the championship game of the Sparkman Tournament with a victory over BHS April 10. Calvert’s three-RBI extra-base hit was the game-winner in the final inning.
Cox was 3-for-3, Whitfield had a triple, and Green and Ashlee Moon added doubles.
Simpson pitched five innings, allowing six runs, with four being earned. Moore worked the game’s final two frames, allowing no runs and two hits.
Madison County 10, Russellville 2
Madison County took the championship game of the Sparkman Tournament with a strong performance. Russellville (12-17) got hits from Butler, Whitfield, Nichols and Campbell. Moore did the pitching for RHS, throwing 99 pitches over seven innings.