DHS on five-game win streak
The Demopolis High School softball team is riding a hot streak after defeating Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 2-1 Monday night for its fifth straight win.
The Lady Tigers (9-4) got a complete game from starting pitcher Madison Laduron to anchor the victory.
The junior hurler struck out one, walked one and allowed only two hits in the contest.
Kristin Beach helped in the offensive effort, going 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Laduron helped her own cause with a sacrifice and an RBI.
Raylee Eubanks went 1-for-3 with a single.
Sidney Colyer was 1-for-2 with a single and walk. Olivia Brame went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
The win over Hillcrest followed a weekend in which the Lady Tigers won four games in two days to claim the first place in a tournament in Gulf Shores.
Demopolis opened play in that bracket Friday with a 4-3 win over Pascagoula High (Miss.).
Laduron worked six innings, walked two, struck out five, allowed four hits and three runs to get the win in that contest.
Beach, Brame and Laduron each went 1-for-3 with a single. Colyer went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.
Victoria Washburn was 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.
Maria Brooker scored a run. Victoria Webb scored the game-winning run on a squeeze bunt by Brame.
The second game Friday evening saw Demopolis pull out a 3-2 victory to hand Fairhope its first loss of the season.
The game went to the international tie-breaker rule with the score knotted at 2. The Lady Tigers held Fairhope in the top half of the inning before putting Brooker on second to start the home half of the frame. With two outs in the inning, Brooker stole third base.
“Had a ball pop 10 feet from the catcher and Maria beat the throw to the plate to win the game,” Demopolis coach Todd Mathis said of the dramatic walk-off win that ended Friday’s action for the Lady Tigers.
Meredith Mackin led the Demopolis effort in the pitching circle, working four and a third innings and surrendering two walks, six hits and one run while striking out two batters.
Madison Bozeman followed with an inning and two-thirds of work, allowing one hit and one unearned run while striking out two.
Beach went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Webb went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Eubanks was 1-for-3 with a single.
Washburn was 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base.
Demopolis returned to the diamond to defeat Alma Bryant 7-2 in the 9 a.m. game Saturday morning. Laduron worked five innings, walked three, struck out three and scattered four hits to pick up the win.
Beach went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Laduron was 1-for-3 with a single, giving way to courtesy runner Webb, who scored a run. Eubanks scored a run. Donelle Hale went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, a run scored and three RBIs.
Riley King went 1-for-2 with a single. Brooker served as King’s courtesy runner, stealing two bases and scoring two runs in the game.
Colyer was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Washburn went 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI.
Brame was 1-for-2 with a single.
Demopolis’ final game of the tournament saw it defeat Brewbaker Tech 9-2 in an elimination contest.
Mackin picked up the win in that game, working three innings, walking two, striking out two and allowing one hit and one unearned run.
Zoe Lewis followed to pick up her second save of the season while striking one in a perfect inning of scoreless relief.
Beach went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.
Webb scored two runs. Lewis was 1-for-1 with a single.
Eubanks went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Washburn was 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored.
Colyer went 1-for-3 with a single and run scored.
Mackin was 1-for-2 with a single, a run scored and an RBI. Brame went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
“The tournament was called due to bad weather and there were only three teams unbeaten; Demopolis, Baker and Foley,” Mathis said.
“It went to the tiebreaker, runs allowed for the tournament, to decide the champion. Deompolis had allowed the least runs and was declared tournament champ with Baker in second place allowing one more run than Demopolis.”