Opp wins Ariton softball tournament

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Opp won five straight to win Ariton’s 12-team softball tournament for the second year in a row on Saturday.

The Lady Bobcats beat Zion Chapel 4-2 in a late championship game after defeating the host team, 8-0 in the semifinals.

OHS beat Dale County twice — 6-2 and 7-2; and Highland Home 11-0, to advance to the tournament semifinals against AHS.

“It was a great day,” Lady Bobcats coach Jimmy Reeves said. “The weather was beautiful. The tournament was competitive, and we just had a great time.”

With this tournament win, OHS improves to 18-4 on the season. The Lady Bobcats will be back in action today at Excel at 4 p.m.

In the championship game win, OHS scored three runs in the first and one run in the second inning to gain a 4-0 lead.

The Lady Bobcats went on to hold of a “fired up” Zion Chapel team to get the win, where Kelly Pierce had two hits, and winning pitcher Anna Harrelson scattered four hits on the mound.

Opp’s Katlynn Schively pitched two shutouts to lead her team on the mound. Schively allowed two hits and struck out five against the Lady Squadron; and allowed five hits against Ariton.

Courtney Chatom allowed two runs on three hits to lead Opp 6-2 over DCHS. Savannah Gerber had two hits and scored three runs; and Pierce and Laiken Free had two hits each.

Octavia Thompson led OHS against HHS and went 3-for-3 at the plate.

Free went 3-for-4, and Harrelson pitched a two-hitter to lead Opp in its 7-2 win over DCHS.

Gerber, Free and Chatom had two hits apiece in their 8-0 win over Ariton. Tori Reisnour went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

“Our pitchers did a good job as usual, and we got enough offense to win,” Reeves said. “(Opp assistant softball) Coach (John) Donaldson does a great job with our pitchers. The Ariton game was our best one. We pounded the ball offensively and Schively shut them down.

“Zion Chapel really got after us, but we were lucky enough to hold them off,” he said. “The middle of our lineup started hitting well and that’s a great sign.”