Lady Indians march to second at Scottsboro TournamentPublished 9:21am Thursday, April 25, 2013
Coach Randy Belyeu and his assistant coach Chris Dixon stood amazed at the caliber of play the Wetumpka Lady Indians were facing over the weekend in Scottsboro.
“Pisgah is a college team disguised as a 3A high school,” Belyeu joked Monday afternoon. “They had a pitcher that could spin the ball around a flag pole and it fall in for a strike.”
It was the Wetumpka Lady Indians (22-12), however, that turned the most heads as they battled through the elimination bracket on Saturday to finish second, behind Pisgah.
“I hadn’t seen any of these teams before, except for Scottsboro,” said Belyeu. “Our girls played great. We would have (been more competitive) in the final, but our girls were give out.”
Wetumpka played Madison Academy twice (5-2 and 4-1 winners), New Hope (8-4 winners), Westminster Christian (splitting games: a 7-5 loss and a 6-4 win), Guntersville (winning 7-1), the host Lady Wildcats (5-4 winners) and Pisgah in the championship (a 4-0 loss).
“Lauren Lett pitched her tail off,” said Belyeu. “Riley pitched well against Pisgah. We just didn’t have any defense because the girls were exhausted at this point.”
The championship final didn’t end until after 11 Saturday night.
“We played the No. 1 team and lost because we ran out of gas,” said Belyeu. “They didn’t have anything we hadn’t seen before. And then we play the No. 1 team in 5A and beat them.”
Coming off a key area win over Thompson, Alexis Strickland homered in the Tribe’s 5-1 win over Madison Academy.
“This is the best tournament we’ve played in the five years I’ve been here,” said Belyeu. “Just look at the confidence. They think they can beat anybody right now and I don’t think I’d disagree with them. I just hope we can turn it on like this when we get to the area tournament.”
Wetumpka jumped out to a 3-1 first-inning lead and then tacked on two more runs in the time-shortened fourth.
Lett picked up the win as Strickland (two) and Brooklyn Weldon pushed three runs homes.
Wetumpka followed suit with an 8-4 win over New Hope.
As a team, the Lady Indians posted a .421 average and was led by slapper Destinee Brewer who was 3-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Savannah Reaves picked up the win for the Lady Indians.
Wetumpka ended the first day of play 2-0, but opened the second day with a loss to Westminster Christian.
The 2A Lady Wildcats (19-14) used a three-run third and a two-run second to put away the Lady Indians. Jamaica Williams, Alex Christian and Strickland doubled and drove in a combined three runs.
Brewer singled and pushed home another.
Lett was saddled with the loss, despite an appearance by Reaves.
But the first early morning loss started the Lady Indians on a march through the elimination bracket. In reality, Wetumpka played five games back-to-back.
It also led them the tournament finals.
Wetumpka knocked out Guntersville 7-1 on the strength of eight hits.
Courtney Richardson and Strickland added the Tribe’s only extra-base hits of the game. Those two, combined with Sydney Dixon, Weldon and Lett pushed runs home. Lett also picked up the win.
Wetumpka picked up a 4-1 win over Madison Academy, ending their day.
As a team, the Lady Indians batted just shy of .400, led by the bats of Christian and Williams (a combined 4-for-4, with two RBIs and one run scored).
Brewer and Dixon also plated runs in the win. Lett added another win to her collection.
Wetumpka held on to defeat Westminster Christian 6-5, despite a four-run Lady Wildcats rally.
Lett was the player of the game, picking up the win and blasting a solo shot on a 2-for-3 day. Overall the Lady Indians strung together 10 hits with Lett’s homer and Williams double being the longest two of the afternoon.
In the consolation semifinal, Wetumpka scored first and then was able to keep ahead of homestanding Scottsboro to pick up the 5-4 victory.
Reaves earned the win on the mound as Dixon and Weldon led the charge at the plate. The two accounted for four hits, an RBI and a run.
The Lady Indians march ran out of steam in the championship as Pisgah picked up the 4-0 victory. Riley Greene took the loss while Christian and Richardson led the Lady Indians at the plate.