By Kyle Parmley
HOOVER — Hewitt-Trussville nearly ran the table on Saturday again. For the second weekend in a row, the Lady Huskies were in a position to win five consecutive games in a day’s time to capture a tournament title.
But this time, they fell just short. Curry knocked off Hewitt-Trussville 2-1 in the championship game of the Jaguar Classic, held at Spain Park over the weekend.
“Our team always keeps the same approach,” head coach Karen Johns said. “Love, serve and care for your team, no matter what the outcome is. We always make our culture our priority.”
The Lady Huskies suffered their first loss of the season in pool play Friday night, which had to be played at Goldie Paine Field due to weather. They split the two games, falling 2-1 to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and beating Chelsea 5-4.
Bracket play started Saturday with a 2-0 shutout of Hale County, with Bailey Murphy getting credit for the complete-game shutout. Sara Borden provided the fireworks during the second game of the day, as her walk-off double lifted Hewitt-Trussville to a 3-2 win over Dothan.
Murphy took hold of the spotlight again in the team’s quarterfinal matchup with Sumiton Christian. She pitched another shutout in the complete game effort, which resulted in a 7-0 win. One last shutout win over Hayden lifted the Lady Huskies to the title game.
The grind of five games in one day didn’t seem to affect the team as it tried to run the gamut once again. A great offseason program is to thank for that, Johns said, as her team sits at an impressive 18-2 record following three tournaments to open the season.
Clay-Chalkville (1-5) also participated in the Jaguar Classic, falling in each of its three games. In pool play, the Lady Cougars fell to Spain Park 10-1 and lost to Montevallo 6-2. They were unable to score against Chelsea, losing in the first round of bracket play 5-0.