Lady Tigers go 1-1 in day one of Northside tourney

The Demopolis Lady Tigers (1-1) split a pair of games in the Northside Tournament Friday to open the 205 season.

The Lady Tigers downed host Northside 7-3 in the tournament opener, scoring two runs in the first, four in the third and one more in the fourth.

Jessica Adams went 1-for-3 with run scored and a stolen base. Courtney Smith was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and was hit by a pitch.

Abbey Latham went 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk, one RBI and two runs scored. Kendall Hannah was 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Elly Brown drew a walk while Anna Caroline Logan drove in a run. Taylor Smith went 1-for-2 with a run scored while Alex Abrams scored a run.

“The first inning was a little nervousness,” Demopolis coach Stephen Campbell said of the three-run first inning surrendered by his team. “They were a little antsy and kind of ready to get up there and play someone else. We settled down defensively after that. We didn’t give up a run and we only gave up one hit.”

Hanna Malone (1-0) got the win while working three innings, giving up three runs, walking one, striking out two and surrendering four hits.

Natalie Tatum walked one and hit one batter in her lone inning of shut out work.

“That was a good ball club we played,” Campbell said. “Our big inning was the third inning. We got our top four girls kind of going that game. The top of the lineup is delivering for us. We’re still wanting to work with the bottom of our lineup.”

Demopolis followed that game with an 8-2 loss to Hale County in the nightcap. The Lady Tigers surrendered four runs in the first and four more in the third before getting on the scoreboard themselves in the fourth.

“We hit our spots. We didn’t get a couple calls at the beginning of the game and they took advantage of it. They turned around and got a big bases-clearing double,” Campbell said. “We battled and we didn’t lay down. Going into the fourth inning, we had two hits total. But we were able to get a rally going a little bit. I thought in the fourth inning, they kind of took ownership of themselves. We can build on that fourth inning going into tomorrow.”

Courtney Smith was 1-for-2 with a run scored in the game while Latham went 2-for-2 with a triple, a home run and a pair of RBIs. Hannah drew a walk and Logan singled.

Malone (1-1) took the loss in the effort.

The Lady Tigers are set to finish pool play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday against Northridge.