Demopolis drills Central 15-0 in three innings for Area 7 win

The Class 5A, Area 7 tournament will take place in the home of the top-seeded Demopolis Tigers after DHS pounded Central-Tuscaloosa 15-0 Tuesday.

Courtney Smith drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning to spark a 12-run rally that put the game away early. After two stolen bases, Smith scored on an Elly Brown single. Abbey Lathan then dropped down a bunt single before Bria Brown tripled to plate two for the 3-0 lead. After Kayla Montz and Anna Katherine Aldridge drew back-to-back walks, Lane Braeden Burbage hit a grounder to score Bria Brown to move it to 5-0. Burbage reached on an error on the play. An Alex Abrams walk loaded the bases. Smith later singled again to plate Aldridge and Burbage for the 7-0 lead. Elly Brown then singled in Abrams and Smith to move it to 9-0. Latham singled and Bria Brown walked to lead the bases again. Montz cashed in the opportunity with a single to center that drove in Elly Brown and Latham for the 11-0 advantage. Aldridge then hit a grounder to drive in Bria Brown.

Montz set the Falcons down in order in the bottom of the first before the Tigers rallied again. Abrams and Taylor Smith started the inning with back-to-back hit-by-pitches. Natalie Tatum then grounded out to plate Abrams for the 13-0 lead. Two batters later, Kendall Hannah doubled in Taylor Smith and Elly Brown to set the final margin as the Tigers’ final two outs of the second came via offensive interference on the base paths.

Montz struck out the side in the second and the Tigers forced two more self-inflicted offensive interference outs in the third. Central managed to draw a walk and break up the no-hitter with a single in the third but could not score as Montz struck out the final batter of the game on three pitches.

Demopolis (24-6, 3-0) is set to return home Wednesday to host Hale County at 6:30 p.m. before welcoming Clarke County Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Greensboro comes to call Friday at 5 p.m. The Tigers play host to West Blocton Monday at 5 p.m. before wrapping regular season area play Thursday, April 20 against Central-Tuscaloosa.