Stanhope Elmore did not get off to the start it wanted to at the Prattville Christian Tournament over the weekend. The Mustangs lost the opening game to New Hope and struggled to rebound with a tough draw in bracket play.
In the opening game, Brook Burkett had three hits, including two doubles, to help the Mustangs fight back from an early 3-0 deficit. However, the rest of the team combined for just three more singles and it was not enough as New Hope came away with the 6-5 victory.
Stanhope did not play again until Saturday morning when it appeared the team had bounced back from its tough start. Arielle Williams pitched four no-hit innings as the Mustangs took down Billingsley by the score of 7-0.
The offense once again led by Burkett, who knocked in three runs and led the team with two hits. Megan Smith scored twice for the Mustangs while Morgan Carroll and Lindsey White each added an RBI of their own in the victory.
Stanhope was drawn against Beauregard in the first round of bracket play and saw its offense crumble with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Carroll but that was the only hit of the game for Stanhope.
Neci King pitched the full game for the Mustangs, striking out four and allowing just five hits in 4 1/3 innings. However, King allowed three hits and a walk in the bottom of the fifth, allowing Beauregard to walk off with the 2-1 victory to eliminate Stanhope.
There were several positives from the tournament, including Burkett’s overall performance at the plate. She led the team with five hits and five runs in just eight plate appearances while recording two of the team’s three extra base hits.
The pitching staff combined to allow just six earned runs in 13-plus innings while striking out 10 opposing batters. The Mustangs did a good job of limiting mistakes in the field as well, making four errors in 46 total chances.
However, the biggest cause of concern is Stanhope’s offense which struggled as the team dropped five of six games. Over that span, the Mustangs averaged only 2.6 runs per game.
Stanhope responded well Monday night with a much-needed victory against Montgomery Catholic at home. The Mustangs erased a 5-4 deficit behind a five-run fourth inning to improve to 11-9 on the season.
Rikki McAdams and Courtney Taylor each contributed a two-run single while Burkett, Carroll, King and Harleigh Anderson added an RBI each. Anderson got the win in the circle, pitching her first complete game of the season and allowing just three earned runs in the victory.