Fayetteville High School’s softball team endured a 17-3 loss against Shelby County on Tuesday night at Columbiana.

The Lady Wolves were unable to find any offense other than a 3-run homer from first-baseman Graysn Hughes that drove in outfielders Natalie Richey and Allye Buttram.

“We faced a very strong (Class) 5A Shelby County team,” Fayetteville head coach Leigh Holley said. “They hit the ball well … We didn’t make any defensive mistakes. They were just getting base hits …

“We go play those teams for a reason. You’ve got to play better teams so that you have a reason to work and get better.”

Fayetteville will face Talladega County Central in the 2018 Talladega County Tournament at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Childersburg.




At Childersburg, the Lady Wolves cruised past the Lady Tigers with several players doing damage at the plate.

Richey (2-for-3), Hughes (2-for-5), catcher Julie Shell (3-for-4), second baseman Shelby Skinner (2-for-3) and shortstop Emma Ray (2-for-3) each delivered opportune hits during the rout.

Jess Darling picked up the win for the Lady Wolves from inside the circle. She pitched all five innings and allowed just six hits and four runs with three strikeouts.

“We’ve had some ups and downs already this season,” Holley said. “(Monday) night, they played really well and put in a lot of extra work on Sunday voluntarily on hitting and their defense. I think they came out (Monday) night and only had one error. They hit the ball well. It was what we look for, on the road especially.”