Demopolis defeats Linden in 13-15 softball All-Stars

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 1, 2005

GROVE HILL–Demopolis’s 13-15-year old softball All-Stars jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 4-0 win over Linden as three Demopolis pitchers combined to hurl a no-hitter.

As they did in the team’s previous shutout victory over Thomasville, Sara Davis, Shay Smith, and Savanna Osmer combined to completely shut down the opposing offense. Davis threw the first three innings, retiring 9 of the 10 batters she faced. Smith pitched the fourth through the sixth innings, and Osmer pitched a perfect seventh for the save. The three combined to strike out seven Linden batters and no Linden base-runner got closer to scoring than second base.

All of Demopolis’s runs came in a four-run outburst to start the game. Leadoff hitter Jasmine Simmons reached base and moved to third on Morgan Patterson’s base hit. Jasmine’s sister Raven then connected for a single to drive in her sibling for a 1-0 lead and move Patterson to third. Patterson then stole home for a second run before Mahogany Jones came to the plate with two out and Simmons on. Simmons and Jones took advantage of a Linden defensive miscue to each come around on score on Jones’s infield single to extend the lead to 4-0.

With the way Demopolis’s pitchers were throwing, that was more than enough. Demopolis’s victory moves them within two more wins of taking the tournament title. They face Butler Thursday night and will have a bye Friday regardless of whether they win or lose.

Linden will take on the winner of Wednesday night’s elimination game between Thomasville and Grove Hill.

Demopolis’s 13-15 year-old All-Stars are Jasmine Simmons, Morgan Patterson, Mahogany Jones, Sara Davis, Raven Simmons, Shay Smith, Savanna Osmer, Corey Gross, Lindsey Bedsole, Victoria Barley, Alex Ward, and Nicole Davis.

Correction: A story in Thursday’s edition erroneously reported that Grove Hill had defeated Butler in a game between the two teams Tuesday night. Butler had been the actual winner.