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Category: Alabama Softball

  • Coming back from a deficit in a softball game is satisfying. Coming back to win in an elimination playoff game is better.

    Coming back with an 18-run inning in the sixth inning after trailing by seven runs, and ending it with a grand slam to elicit the mercy rule? That's just plain jaw-dropping.

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    It happened in Alabama last Friday, according to the Franklin Free Press. In a Class 2A, Area 16 playoff game, Phil Campbell (Ala.) was trailing 12-5 in the top of the sixth before the next 18 batters all reached base and scored. It sent Red Bay (Ala.) packing once the mercy rule was invoked due to the 23-12 score.

    According to the story, the 18-run frame was the third-biggest in state history

    "I was really just hoping we could tie the game that inning. I never dreamed we would score 18 runs," coach Doug Jackson told the newspaper.

    Those 18 baserunners reached on four doubles, three singles, a grand slam, six walks, two errors and two fielder's choice plays.

    "That's one of the things I'd been telling our girls—be smart and don't be selfish at the plate," Jackson told the newspaper. "Don't be afraid to take a few pitches and take a walk. We didn't do a very good job of that early in the game, but they finally started listening to my advice."
  • Courtesy photo by Tracie Goodwin-Mitchell

    Cara Goodwin, Good Hope

    Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.) (40-7) is still alive in the Class 3A state regional softball tournament thanks to the Friday heroics of its outstanding battery.

    UAB signee Cara Goodwin scattered four hits and struck out 15, but still needed a long home run by her catcher, Darcie Wilson , in the bottom of the 13th inning to nip Cordova (Ala.) during a battle of state-ranked teams. Good Hope is rated No. 2, while Cordova bowed out in the No. 8 position.

    Wilson told the Cullman Times, "When the count was 2-0, I knew she was coming at me. I saw the pitch and let it rip. I knew it was gone right off the bat. It's just remarkable. No words can describe it, really."

    Having learned recently that her grandfather has been diagnosed with cancer, she added, "I did it all for him. That's my main reason I'm here."

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    Cara Goodwin

    The clutch blast came off Cordova sophomore standout Faith Sims, who struck out 12 and spaced 10 hits.

    Less than 30 minutes later, Goodwin returned to the mound to handcuff Gordo (Ala.) 5-2. Both runs were unearned and she struck out eight while hurling a five-hitter.

    Coach Wayne Harris noted, "The weather was playing havoc. It was cold this morning, hot this afternoon and it wears on you, beats you down. But she sucked it up and did what she had to do. She's a team player, a competitor who wants to win."

    Good Hope looks to win its second regional title in two years when it takes on No. 4 Winfield Saturday. The winner earns a spot in next week's state tournament while the loser drops into the consolation bracket.
  • Cara Goodwin continued to dominate Alabama softball hitters this week, according to the Cullman Times.

    The 5-foot-6 senior righthander, who has signed with UAB, hurled Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.) to a 13-0 victory in five innings over Falkville (Ala.). She struck out eight and hit two while pitching her ninth no-hitter of the year. In addition, she collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs.

    It marked the 11th shutout and 13th consecutive victory this year for the Raiders, who raised their record to 21-5.

    Goodwin, who was Alabama's Class 4A Pitcher of the Year as a junior, holds single-season state records for most strikeouts (525), innings pitched (318) and shutouts (19).
  • Samantha Giovanniello is making at outstanding softball comeback this spring following off-season surgery for bone chips in her right elbow.

    Photo courtesy of Daniel Sackman

    Samantha Giovanniello, Floral Park

    The 5-foot-5 pitcher actually has been on the Floral Park Memorial (Floral Park, N.Y.) varsity since she was in seventh grade and the No. 1 pitcher since guiding her team to the Class A state title as a freshman. During her sophomore year she showed great potential by winning a 1-0 game in 16 innings and striking out 27.

    However, as a junior she injured her right elbow and missed much of the season while compiling a 9-3 record.

    This year she has posted a 3-1 record, including a 6-0 victory on Friday over Carey (Franklin Square, N.Y.). She gave up just one hit and struck out 14.

    Earlier in the week, she had a spectacular 11-inning no-hitter with 26 strikeouts during a 1-0 victory over Carle Place (N.Y.). Julie Irrizary singled in Riley Anderson with the game's only run. Ashley Cole also was outstanding with 18 strikeouts in a losing three-hitter.

    Dan Sackman told MaxPreps, "I've coached 33 years and she is the finest competitor I ever have coached in any sport. She has a variety of pitches and good speed, of course. She throws a curve, fastball, screwball and mixes in a changeup."

    Sackman predicted that she will be a middle infielder at Georgetown.

    * Marcy Harper struck out 16 and hit a two-run homer during a four-run eighth inning as Hoover (Ala.) blanked Fairhope (Ala.) 4-0.

    * Senior Meagan Young struck out 19 to lead Moody (Ala.) to a 4-2 victory over Ashville (Ala.). 

    * On the baseball front, junior right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett fired a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts as Locust Fork (Ala.) edged Douglas (Ala.) 2-0.

    * Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) nipped Millikan (Long Beach, Calif.) 2-1 in eight innings behind Chase DeJong, who fired a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts.

    * Max Fried struck out 14 in just five innings to lead Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)  to a 9-3 win against Lancaster (Calif.).

    * Ohio's top-ranked sophomore catcher, Jordan Mcdonough of St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), has made a commitment to Ohio State University, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.