The Sardis varsity softball team will host the area tournament in its first season as a Class 5A program.
Sardis beat Douglas and Boaz this week and then won the tiebreaker with the Lady Pirates to determine the tournament host.
Lions 6, Douglas 3: Sardis improved to 4-1 in the Area 13 standings by doubling up the Lady Eagles on Tuesday at Sardis Field.
Hailey Hill powered the Lions’ attack by going 3-for-3 with a double. Mallory Wills finished 2-for-3 with a double.
Jaylyn Minshew, Harlee Vincent, Jade Bonds and Emily Cook all contributed one hit for Sardis.
Kayden Tarvin posted the win by throwing a complete game. She struck out five.
MacKinley Portillo batted 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to power Douglas’ offense.
Anna Mathews and Camille Thompson each belted a double.
Lions 3, Boaz 2: Wednesday at Pirate Park, the Lions handed Boaz its first Area 13 loss, giving both clubs 5-1 records.
“This forced us to flip for the season winner and host of the area tournament,” Sardis head coach Richey Lee said. “We won the coin toss and will be hosting the area tournament.
“Sarah Beth Hallmark was able to start and give us one quality inning of pitching before being replaced by Kayden Tarvin due to an injury. Kayden was able to pitch the remainder of the game to get the win.”
Tarvin recorded five strikeouts.
Vincent’s 3-for-3 performance powered the Lions’ offense. Hill went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice, and Bonds ended 2-for-4.
Minshew closed 1-for-3 with a walk, and Cook went 1-for-3.
Gracie Duncan topped Boaz by batting 3-for-4. Jaycee Kilgore went 2-for-3 while Jenna Pierce was 2-for-4.
Pierce and Hope Tedder both doubled.
“The players are playing with a lot of confidence and energy right now and just keep playing for one another,” Lee said.
“Our pitchers are doing a really good job of giving us a chance every game, and our defense — whether on the infield or in the outfield — is just making plays for us.
“Offensively, we keep scrapping and finding ways to score by putting the ball in play with timely hits, bunts or drawing walks.
“We still haven’t hit our full potential as a complete team quite yet, but we are seeing glimpses of what we are capable of. Looking forward to the day everyone is playing the way they’re capable of.
“We have just got to get back to practice and keep working to get better every day. I love this team — it’s been a good group to be around this year.”