Demopolis goes 5-0 to win Tombigbee Classic

(Photo by Johnny Autery) — The Demopolis Lady Tigers won the Tombigbee Classic Saturday after winning five games in two days .

Demopolis claimed another weekend tournament championship Saturday, capping off the Tombigbee Classic with a 12-2 skunking of Leroy.

Demopolis 12, Leroy 2

Demopolis opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a three spot. Courtney Smith and Elly Brown each singled before Abbey Latham doubled both in for a 2-0 lead. Latham later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.

(Photo by Johnny Autery) — Natalie Tatum struck out eight over six innings against Leroy Saturday night to clinch the Tombigbee Classic title.

Leroy scored a pair in the top of the third to cut the lead to 3-2 where it would remain until the bottom of the fourth. Abby Cameron walked to open the inning. Taylor Smith followed with a single. Two batters later, Brown hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Cameron and put Demopolis up 4-2. Latham followed with a triple to score Smith and make it 5-2. Latham then scored on an error for the 6-2 lead.

Demopolis got the bats going again in the fifth as Hannah singled and later scored on a Courtney Smith single for the 7-2 lead. Elly Brown singled in Taylor and Courtney Smith to make it 9-2. Latham then doubled home Brown to push it to 10-2.

Natalie Tatum singled to lead off the sixth and gave way to courtesy runner Alex Abrams, who later scored on a wild pitch for the 11-2 lead. Courtney Smith later drove in Kayla Montz on a grounder to end the game at 12-2.

Tatum recorded the win, striking out eight over six innings of play and scattering four hits. The Tigers tallied 12 hits in the contest.

Demopolis 4, Thomasville 2

After a 6-1 win over Sweet Water to open tournament play Friday night, Demopolis started Saturday off with a 4-2 win over Thomasville. Demopolis trailed 1-0 after a Thomasville homer in the first inning of play but fought back in the bottom of the second to tie the game.

Hannah singled to open the bottom of the second before giving way to courtesy runner

Cameron. The Demopolis runner proceeded to move to second on a wild pitch before taking third on a Lane Braeden Burbage single. She scored on a double steal to tie the game at 1-1.

Demopolis found its stroked in the bottom of the third as Courtney Smith reached on an error in front of a two-run homer by Elly Brown to hand the team its first lead of the day at 3-1. Two batters later, Bria Brown hit a solo shot to make it 4-1. Thomasville added the final run of the game on a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Hannah got the win in the circle, striking out eight over four innings of work while giving up only two hits.

Demopolis 1, Thomasville 0

After a long layoff, Demopolis played Thomasville again at 4 p.m. and got an absolute gem from Tatum to notch the 1-0 win. Tatum was nearly perfect, striking out seven batters over five innings of work while walking one for the no-hit shutout. Demopolis notched only three hits in the contest with a trio of singles from Taylor Smith, Elly Brown and Tatum.

The lone run came in the bottom of the second inning. Tatum singled to lead off the frame and gave way to Abrams as a courtesy runner. Three batters later, Taylor Smith singled to left to plate Abrams for the 1-0 lead. Tatum then retired the next nine batters she faced to make the lead stand up.

Demopolis 7, Sweet Water 0

Demopolis continued its winning ways with a 7-0 victory over Sweet Water to set up the championship contest with Leroy. The Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the second to fuel the win.

Courtney Smith singled to lead off the bottom of the first. Elly Brown followed with a walk before Latham singled home Smith to make it 1-0. Bria Brown then homered to left to plate Elly Brown and Latham for the 4-0 lead.

Courtney Smith started the fire again in the second inning when she stroked a one-out triple. Elly Brown then singled her in for the 5-0 lead. Latham followed with a two-run homer to make it 7-0.

Sara Irvin and Kora Myers each recorded a single to account for Sweet Water’s only hits in the game.

Hannah struck out six over four innings of work while scattering two hits for the win in the pitcher’s circle.

Demopolis (17-3) is set to host Thomasville Tuesday.