Softball season underway, Lady Senators off to slow start, host Pepsi Classic Softball Tournament

Morgan Academy varsity softball pitcher Sarah Gresham Jones pitches against Glenwood in Friday, Feb. 28 Pepsi Classic tournament action at Morgan Academy.
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By Fred Guarino
The Selma Sun
The 2020 varsity softball season is underway at Morgan Academy and the 0-7 Lady Senators recently hosted the Pepsi Classic Softball Tournament played Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29, which was won by Southern Academy.

“The softball tournament went really well,” said Morgan Academy varsity head softball coach Cherie Grimes. She said, “There was a lot of great competition between all of the teams. Our team did not fair so well. With the loss of our starting pitcher due to a knee injury we have to play tough defense. Errors on basic routine plays killed us this weekend. We are hitting fairly solid just not finding any holes yet. We will be working on improvements this week.”

Coming back from last year the Lady Senators varsity team includes seniors Emily Strickland (LF/CF), Ansley Smitherman (Pitcher), Tindall Albritton (at third), Maggie Colley (SS), Averee Adams (RF), Mary Kathryn Egbert, junior Sarah Gresham Jones (pitcher/CF), sophomores Leanna Johnson (Catcher), Rebecca Manning (pitcher/LF), Kaylee Grace Whitaker (at second) and freshman Bailey Brown (at first).

“Despite our starting pitcher getting injured, I have high hopes and expectations for this year’s team,” Grimes said. “We have a strong defense and offense this year and will be a very competitive team.”

Prior to the Pepsi Classic hosted by Morgan, the Lady Senators lost to Patrician 0-5 and to South Choctaw 11-13 in the Gator Classic.

In Pepsi Classic Action, results were as follows:

Thursdays games:
Patrician (Blue) vs. North River Christian Academy 10 – 0; Patrician (Blue) vs. Russell Christian
7 – 1; Russell vs. North River 2 – 4; Patrician (White) vs. North River 1-5; Morgan vs. Patrician (Blue) 0 – 15 and Russell vs. Patrician (White) 4 – 8.

Friday Games:
Southern vs. Morgan 18 – 2; Clarke Prep vs. Glenwood 8 – 0; Clarke Prep vs. Morgan 15 – 1;
Southern vs. Glenwood 4 – 3; Southern vs. Clarke Prep 0 – 5; Morgan vs. Glenwood 2 – 15.

Saturday Games:
Game 1: Clarke Prep (#2) vs. Russell Christian (#7), winner: Clarke Prep 12-2; Game 2: Southern (#3) vs. Patrician White (#6), winner: Southern 13-0; Game 3: North River (#4) vs. Glenwood (#5), winner: Glenwood; Game 4: Morgan (#8) vs. Patrician Blue (#1), winner: Patrician Blue 14-1; Game 5: Clarke Prep vs. Southern, winner: Southern 3-1; Game 6: Glenwood vs. Patrician Blue, winner: Patrician Blue 8-6; Game 7: Southern vs. Patrician Blue, championship winner: Southern 13-3.