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Montz throws perfect game, Lady Tigers clinch Area title

Kayla Montz struck out every batter she faced and pitched a perfect game against Wilcox Central.

Kayla Montz struck out every batter she faced and pitched a perfect game against Wilcox Central.

Three consecutive midweek games yielded three victories in 5A Area 6 contests and allowed the DHS Lady Tigers to clinch the area title.

This was all capped with Kayla Montz’s perfect game against Wilcox Central.

“It’s good to be 4-0 in area. It gives us a good seed and we get to host,” said Demopolis coach Brittany Dunson.

On Tuesday, April 19, DHS (19-9) defeated Dallas County for the first time during the week 9-2 thanks to a strong 15 strikeout effort from pitcher Natalie Tatum.

The Lady Tigers scored seven runs before the visiting Hornets got on the board in the top of the fourth inning.

Abbey Latham led the offense going 2 for 4 at the plate with 4 RBI. Taylor Smith also finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
Kendall Hannah finished with two hits as well with an RBI and Elly Brown went 2 for 4 as well.
Courtney Smith, Bria Brown and Holli Gandy all got a hit in the contest.

Dunson said, “I think they did a good job for not playing in a while.”

Tatum (10-8) pitched a complete game to along with her plethora of strikeouts and only allowed two hits.

Then on Wednesday, the Lady Tigers traveled to Dallas County to claim a 16-4 victory after DHS erupted for nine runs in the top of the sixth.

Latham once again led the way going 4 for 5 with 4 RBI.
Taylor Smith went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI. Tatum and Brown both nabbed 2 RBI as well.
Hannah (4-0) pitched 3.2 innings to earn the win. Tatum pitched 1.2 innings in relief. Both hurlers gave up three hits and struck out two batters.

DHS returned home Thursday against Wilcox Central and collected a 15-0 shutout in three innings.
The Lady Tigers scored two runs in the first inning, but then exploded for eight runs in the second and five runs in the third to close the contest.

Jessica Adams led the way going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI in the game.
Latham, Bria Brown and Elly Brown all finished with 2 RBI each.

Kayla Montz (5-1) pitched a perfect game in every sense of the word perfect, striking out nine batters on only 32 pitches.

Adams and Gandy were honored before the Wilcox Central game for Senior Night.
“It’s a big deal for them. They’re happy about it,” said Dunson. “They weren’t stressed coming into this, which is what I wanted.”

The Lady Tigers will travel to Northside High School for a tournament before hosting the first round of the 5A Area tournament starting on May 3 at the DHS Softball Field.