Demopolis wins 4 to take Prattville Easter Invitational

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 15, 2004

Game 1

Demopolis 2, Prattville 0

Katie Simmons doubled in the 4th inning and then scored on a hit by Brittany Thorne to give the Tigers the lead 1-0.

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The Lady Tigers added an insurance run in the 6th inning as Lauren Roark scored.

She had reached on a double and moved to third on a ball hit by Katie Simmons.

Kristin Etheridge then grounded to short and the infielder caught Roark in a run down as she tried to score.

After several throws, the Prattville defense threw toward the plate to get Roark but the ball struck her in the helmet and slid away harmlessly as the Lady Tiger crossed home plate.

Kelly Keasler shut down the Lady Lions in the last inning to preserve the three hit shut out.

She also struck out 12 batters while walking none.

Game 2

Demopolis 1, Smiths Station 0

In the second contest of the evening, Demopolis faced a powerful Smiths Station team.

However, Lauren Roark limited them to 3 hits while walking no one and striking out 6 to earn the win.

The lone run of the contest came in the top of the 1st inning after a walk by Dorothy Knapp.

She would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany McGee and then to third on a passed ball.

After a shallow fly out to center by Roark, Knapp would score on a wild pitch to give the Lady Tigers their only run of the contest.

Demopolis only hit of the game would be a lead off single by Katie Simmons in the 4th inning.

Game 3

Demopolis 5, Charles Henderson(Troy) 0

Kelly Keasler(6-3) again looked

masterful on the mound as she limited the Lady Trojans from Troy to one hit and only three walks while striking out 7.

The win moved Demopolis into the championship game of the Prattville tournament for the second stright year.

The Lady Tiger offense exploded for 3 runs in the 5th inning.

A lead off single by Roark started the rally.

Katie Simmons then moved the runner with a sacrifice bunt.

Kristin Etheridge and Brittany Thorne followed with singles.

Both would then score on a double by India Chancelor.

Demopolis would add two runs in the final inning.

Knapp reached after being hit by a pitch.

She would move around the bases on a sacrifice by McGee.

Roark then doubled to give the Tigers runners at second and third.

A single by Katie Simmons would score both runners to make the final margin 5-0.

Game 4

Demopolis 3, Charles Henderson 1

Facing the same opponent from the previous season, in the same tournament, with the same trophy on the line, Demopolis was determined to be successful in 2004.

Seeing Central-Phenix City win a 2-1 game the previous year on a suicide bunt with two outs, the Lady Tigers were not going to take anything for granted this time around.

Central would score first after consecutive hits in the 3rd inning but it would be all that they would see.

Lauren Roark(9-5) gave only those two hits to the east Alabama natives while walking one and striking out six to secure the victory for Demopolis(16-8).

The Lady Tigers would respond with two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead.

Heather Wright started the inning with a triple.

Dorothy Knapp then was hit by a pitch.

After a pop up by McGee, Lauren Roark hit a rocket off the pitchers leg that allowed Wright to score.

A single by Simmons then scored Knapp.

The final run of the contest came after a triple by Brittany Thorne in the 6ht inning. She would walk across the plate after a double by India Chancelor.

With the 3-1 lead, the Tiger defense held tough and earned the championship.

Demopolis travels to Hillcrest on Tuesday(5:00) and Dallas County(4:30).

The JV will travel to Sweet Water on Thursday(4:00).

The Varsity will play Haleyville at Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa on Saturday(11:00).