On their home field Saturday, they defeated Ashville and then Springville twice to win the county title.
Moody 4, Ashville 2
In the first game of the tournament, the Lady Blue Devils doubled up Ashville 4-2.
Young improved to 7-2 and tossed a complete game. She gave up four hits and two runs, with only one run earned. She walked one and struck out 19 of 21 batters.
Moody opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Victoria Lewis singled and was sacrificed to second by Candice Crutchfield. Lewis scored later on an error to make it 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kayla Stephenson walked and scored on a single by Lewis. Crutchfield followed with a single that scored Lewis that made it 3-0.
Ashville scored its two runs in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Hannah Carter that scored Nicole Mendez and Marrin Cater to make it 3-2.
Moody added an insurance run in the sixth inning as Katie Brown’s double scored Lewis to make the final score 4-2.
Ashville’s Taylor Tucker took the loss. She worked six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. Only three of the runs were earned. She walked five and struck out five.
Springville 13, SCCHS 0
The Springville Lady Tigers won game two, beating SCCHS 13-0 in five innings.
Savannah Caswell picked up the win and improved to 4-3. She tossed a five-hit shutout. She struck out two and walked one.
The Lady Tigers pounded out 19 hits, and leading the way were Danyelle Martin, Kolyn Kyser and Caswell with three hits each.
Martin was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. She scored two runs. Kyser was 3-for-3 with two runs scored while Caswell was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kari Gipson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and five RBIs.
Sydne Waldrop was 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Tanner Earley was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Alex Bailey had two hits and scored one run while Hayden Henderson had one hit and scored one run. Bayleigh Swaney had one hit.
Ashville 7, SCCHS 3
Ashville eliminated the Lady Saints from the county tournament, beating them 7-3. Tucker was the winning pitcher. Alycen Johnson took the loss for SCCHS.
Moody 3, Springville 0
Young pitched and hit Moody to victory and into the championship game as they defeated Springville 3-0.
Young improved to 8-2 as she tossed a complete game three-hit shutout. She struck out 10 and walked one. At the plate, Young slapped a two-run double over the Springville centerfielder’s head that plated Brown, who had singled, and Alexis Moore, who had doubled. A groundout by Madison Dunn scored pinch runner Alexus Martin. All three runs were scored in the fourth inning.
Caswell took the loss for the Lady Tigers. She worked six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. Henderson had two of the three hits for Springville.
Springville 10, Ashville 7
The Lady Tigers advanced to the championship game by outscoring Ashville 10-7.
Springville took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but by the end of the second inning, the Lady Bulldogs were on top 6-3.
Springville chipped away at the Ashville lead scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it 6-5. Ashville added a run in the home half of the fourth inning to make it 7-5.
The Lady Tigers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 7-7, and then won the game with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Gipson was 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Springville. Earley, Swaney, Bailey, Waldrop and Henderson all had one hit each.
Caswell was the winning pitcher and improved to 5-4 on the season. She went seven innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits. She struck out two and hit one batter.
Moody 10, Springville 0
In the championship game, Young pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Lady Blue Devils to the county crown with a 10-0 win over Springville. Young struck out six.
At the plate, Young was 2-for-3 including a double and drove in three runs. She was named MVP of the tournament.
In the three wins, Young worked 20 innings, gave up two runs on nine hits. She struck out 35 and walked two.
Also leading Moody was Lewis, who was 3-for-3 with a solo home run. Wagnon was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one stolen base.
Henderson was the losing pitcher for the Lady Tigers.
In the six years Amanda Ellis has been head softball coach for the Lady Blue Devils, she has won the county tournament five of those years.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Ellis said. “You want to be the best team in the county and beat your rivals who are close to you. We do that every year.
“We step up, we know what we want, and we set goals early. We take care of business.”
Ellis said the next goal is winning area, making it to regionals, and then definitely making an appearance at state again.
“We’re going to take it step by step,” Ellis said. “These girls know what they want. We just have to stay healthy.”
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