Edgewood Academy senior Chandler Thornton fields a sharply hit ball to the outfield. Photo by Griffin Pritchard
Edgewood Academy senior Chandler Thornton fields a sharply hit ball to the outfield. Photo by Griffin Pritchard

Lady Wildcats sweep Monroe

Published 4:53pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Edgewood’s softball team heads into spring break beaming after a 4-0 tear through the Monroe Academy Round Robin last weekend in Monroeville.
“We beat Macon-East in the Glenwood tournament and then played flat after that,” said Fawn Sims, Edgewood’s softball coach. “We didn’t finish what we started. We went to Monroeville with the intention of winning four softball games and going into spring break on a positive note.”
The break also gives Edgewood’s athletes a chance to heal and be set to face the No. 3 Lady Gators of Glenwood April 2 in Elmore.
“I’m giving them the week off,” said Sims. “But I told them if they go and sit on their tails all week, it’s going to show on Monday.”
The Lady Wildcats (13-11 and ranked No. 10 in the most recent Alabama Sports Writers poll) almost failed to accomplish that in the opening game, but held on to beat Autauga 5-4.
Kelsey Hartley (winning pitcher with five strikeouts) and Caity Jo Lee rattled off two- and three-run homers, respectively, to put Edgewood up 5-0 early.
But the Lady Generals began chipping away at the lead, ultimately closing it to 5-4.
With two outs, Kevi Hansen fielded a foul tip to end the game.
“There was a big sigh of relief,” said Sims. “I had to remind the girls this was just the first game. We came here to win all of them.”
Katrina Harden (1-for-2), Kaley Hughes (1-for-1) and Emilee Ellis (1-for-2) hit for the Lady Wildcats in the victory.
Hartley was the group’s workhorse, pitching four games on only eight hours rest. She finished with a combined 20 strikeouts.
“She pitched great for us,” said Sims. “I’m sure she thought she left her arm in Monroeville.”
Edgewood followed their narrow escape with a sound 6-4 win over the host Lady Vols.
Harden took the offensive lead with a three-run shot. Hartley chipped in a solo homer.
Lee (2-for-3) roped a triple and then the combination of Kevi Hasen (1-for 3), Peyton Rodie (1-for-2) and Ellis (1-for-2) added a hit each to the tally.
On day two of the tournament, the Lady Wildcats picked up a 4-2 win over Morgan and a 5-4 win over Escambia.
Hartley was the winning pitcher in both tilts.
She also accounted for another homer (vs. Escambia) a double (vs. Morgan) and a combined five RBIs.
Chandler Thornton was 2-for-3 with a double and a run driven home.
Ellis, Lee and Hansen were a combined 3-for-4 against Morgan.
Ellis was 2-for-2 against Esbambia. Thornton doubled in the win.
Kaylie Courson, Hansen and Hughes also had hits in the victory.
After hosting Glenwood on Tuesday, Edgewood travels to Cornerstone next week.

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