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Lady Golden Tigers face tough week, notch victory over Saraland

The Russellville softball team participated in the Auburn Invitational starting Feb. 28, and the Lady Golden Tigers played four games over two days.

Dale County 8, Russellville 5

Dale County took game one despite RHS outhitting them by a 9-8 total. Madison Murray, Makala O’Neal and Maddy Green led Russellville with two hits each. AJ Taylor, Alivia Clemmons and Chalea Clemmons all added one hit apiece. Murray and Chalea Clemmons had two RBIs each, and Taylor scored two runs to lead the team.

Chalea Clemmons got the start in the pitching circle, and she went four innings before Tori Tiffin came on in relief and pitched the game’s final two frames.

Central-Phenix City 8, Russellville 7

The second game of the day Friday in Auburn went the way of Central-Phenix City, as they defeated RHS in a high-scoring contest.

Autumn Logan hit a home run and had three RBIs for Russellville. She and Madison Murray led the team with three hits each.

Taylor, Alivia Clemmons, Maddy Green, Jenna Whitfield and Fallin Cox had the other RHS hits.

Krista Sikes was the starting pitcher, and she went three innings before Kailee Simpson came on in relief, pitching the game’s final 2.1 innings.

Chelsea 6, Russellville 4

Saturday’s action in Auburn got underway with Chelsea High School getting a win over Russellville.

Chalea Clemmons, Alivia Clemmons and Logan had two hits each. Murray, Green, O’Neal and Tiffin also reached base safely via hits. O’Neal had two RBI’s, while Chalea Clemmons and Green had one apiece.

Sikes pitched all seven innings of the contest, and she threw 100 pitches. Sikes struck out two and allowed six hits.

Russellville 5, Saraland 4

The Lady Golden Tigers got back into the win column with a victory over Saraland to wrap up play in the Auburn Invitational.

Murray and Alivia Clemmons had two hits each to lead RHS. Chalea Clemmons, Taylor, Logan, Green and Tiffin also added hits.

Chalea Clemmons pitched the first three innings of the game. She allowed four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking four.

Simpson came on in relief and worked the final two innings, allowing 1 hit. She struck out two and walked three while throwing 39 pitches to finish off the win.

Mars Hill 14, Russellville 12

The Lady Golden Tigers (3-7) had their first home game of the season March 2, and Mars Hill took the victory.

Chalea Clemmons and Tiffin both had 3-for-4 performances with the bat. Clemmons had two doubles, while Murray added one. Alivia Clemmons and Logan added home runs. The Clemmons sisters had four RBIs each, while Logan drove in three runs and Tiffin added one RBI.  Meanwhile, O’Neal and Taylor walked three times apiece.

Sikes and Simpson split the pitching duties, with Sikes getting the start in the circle. Sikes allowed 10 runs, with eight being earned, and Simpson gave up four earned runs over 3.2 innings.