Demopolis splits doubleheader with Hillcrest

Published 10:34 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Demopolis (6-15, 3-0) split a double-header with Hillcrest Monday in a series to help build a measure of momentum as the squad readies for next week’s clash with area opponent Chilton County.

“They battled the entire game,” DHS head coach Joey Browder said of a 4-3 Demopolis win in the opener. “To understand their mindset (Monday), you’ve got to go back to the Hale County game on Friday when they lost by a run in extra innings. The difference was our attitude and our fight. They’ve got a different look in their eyes. Despite the youthful mistakes, they’re battling and they’re not giving up and that says a lot about their character.”

Madison Laduron pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to anchor the Demopolis win. Jordon Cramer went 1-for-4 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored during the win. Carly Latham went 1-for-2 with a walk and run. Kristen Beach went 1-for-3 and Samantha Walker scored a run. Kathleen Randall went 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.

“She was determined going into the game that she was going to break out of her slump and she pulled through,” Browder said of Randall’s late-game triple that helped the Lady Tigers pick up the win.

In game two, Demopolis lost 10-2.

“I felt like we lost focus in the middle of the second game,” Browder said. “To be successful, we have to maintain focus no matter what happens. I was as disappointed in the second game as I was proud of them in the first.”

Walker stole two bases and scored a run in the game. Beach went 1-for-1 with a walk, two steals and a run scored. Madison Bozeman picked up an RBI while Brooke Bryant went 2-for-2.

The Lady Tigers travel to play Bibb County Wednesday in their final game before returning to area play next week against Chilton County.

“(Bibb County’s) Coach (Charlie) McCaleb and I have a mutual respect for each other as do our squads,” Browder said. “I guarantee it will be a battle on the banks of the Cahaba River (Wednesday).”