By John Goolsby, For the Tribune
IRONDALE/CLAY – The Shades Valley Lady Mounties (6-8) and the Clay-Chalkville Lady Cougars (4-12) split a two-game series.
Shades Valley was victorious Thursday night, 14-3, and Clay won 13-7 Friday afternoon.
Tailyn Louis was the winning pitcher for Valley. Louis went all six innings. The senior threw forty-eight strikes on sixty-seven pitches, gave up three runs, four hits and had four strikeouts.
The Mounties pounded out eleven hits in the first game. Louis went three-for-three from the plate. Alyssa Butts, Haley Knight, and Carleigh Blackwell had two hits for Valley. The Lady Mounties stole nine bases. Knight led Valley with two stolen bases.
Valley head coach Jo Amy Rollo was pleased with her team’s performance. “The girls played really hard and stayed focused until the end.”
Anna Campbell was the winning pitcher in the re-match. The talented eighth-grader went the distance for Clay. Campbell threw fifty-eight strikes on eighty pitches and gave up seven hits, seven runs while striking out three Mounties.
Clay-Chalkville’s bats came to life with twelve hits in the rematch. Jerica Tyree, LaDonna Scott, and Zyian Dunning had two hits for Clay. Skylar Swain got things going for the Lady Cougars. The senior third baseman had two doubles to get things going for Clay. Campbell went three-for-four at the plate.
“My girls stepped up after taking a bad loss to Shades Valley the night before,” said Clay-Chalkville head coach Scott Phillips. “They regrouped, settled down, and the bats got hot again.”
Shades Valley plays Ramsay Monday. Clay-Chalkville plays at Gadsden City Tuesday.