Demopolis got to Sweet Water consistently over the first three innings Friday night while cruising to a 6-1 victory in the first game of the Tombigbee Tournament at Leroy.
Courtney Smith lit the fuse in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff single. Elly Brown followed with a bunt single to bring Abbey Latham to the plate. The Lady Tiger catcher took the first two pitches before roping a double to center field to plate Smith for the 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Kendall Hannah hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Brown to move the lead to 2-0.
Smith struck the match again in the second inning when she coaxed a two-out walk. Brown followed with a double to drive in the Demopolis third baseman and move the advantage to 3-0. Three pitches later, Latham tripled to right to plate Brown, moving the lead to 4-0.
Sweet Water got things moving in the top of the third when Sara Irvin singled with one out. Kamae Retic followed with a base hit of her own. Lara Little then singled to left to scored Irvin, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
Hannah opened the bottom of the third with a full-count double to left. Natalie Tatum followed with a double of her own to move the lead to 5-1. Lane Braeden Burbage came on as a courtesy runner for Tatum and made her way home on Napoleon Roberson’s RBI single for the 6-1 mark. Time expired afte the top of the fourth inning.
Sweet Water tallied five hits in the contest. Irvin, Little and Eve Myers each singled once while Retic singled twice.
Latham went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Smith finished 2-for-2 with two singles, a stolen base and two runs scored. Brown was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Hannah finished 1-for-1 with a double, one RBI and a run scored. Tatum went 1-for-1 with a double and one RBI. Burbage scored a run. Roberson went 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Tatum struck out six batters over four innings of work while scattering five hits and a walk. Demopolis moves to 13-3 on the season. Sweet Water sits at 7-9.