Locust Fork defeated Susan Moore 9-0 on Saturday. J.M. Whitehead and Dawson Dunn combined to pitch the shutout with Whitehead getting the win. The right-hander surrendered zero runs on one hit over four innings, striking out nine. Dunn threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Hornets racked up 14 hits with Tommaso Franceschelli, Austin McMurry, Whitehead, Gavin Payne, Isaiah King, and Dunn all having multiple hits. Franceschelli went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Hornets.
A single by Camden Lackey in the third inning was a positive for the Bulldogs. Trey Cook took the loss for Susan Moore. He lasted four innings allowing four hits and two runs while striking out one. Andrew Shelton started the game for Susan Moore. He pitched two innings giving up 10 hits and seven runs while striking out two.
The Mustangs sailed to an easy 15-1 victory over Holly Pond Friday. They finished with 11 hits. Ben Hall, Trent Carpenter, Jackson McMillian, Ashton Cardenas, and Auston Sargent each racked up multiple hits. Sargent, Cardenas, McMillian, Carpenter, and Hall all had two hits to lead the Mustangs.
Brady Leith got the win allowing just one hit and one run over one and one-third innings, striking out one, and walking one. Sargent, Noah McCray, and Micah Smith all put in relief work.
On Saturday, the Mustangs defeated Shades Valley 8-1. Logan Young was the winning pitcher. He went three and two-thirds innings and allowed no runs on five hits, striking out five, and walking zero. Southeastern racked up 11 hits. Brody Dobbins, Kevin Juhola, and Cardenas all had multiple hits with Dobbins leading the Mustangs with three hits in three at bats. Dobbins led Southeastern with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 13 in the game.
Against St. Clair County Saturday, the Mustangs watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 1-11 loss. Carpenter took the loss. The righty lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and six runs while striking out six. Cardenas led Southeastern with three hits in three at bats.
by Jeffery Williams
The Hayden Wildcats were in the game until the very end, but the Oak Grove Tigers pulled away in the fifth for a 6-3 victory at Hayden on Friday. The game was tied at three with Oak Grove batting in the top of the fifth. An error scored one run giving Oak Grove the lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
Mason Mullaney started the game for the Wildcats. No runners reached base as he struck out the first two batters and got the third batter to fly out to center-fielder Eli Williams.
In the bottom of the inning, Hayden’s lead-off batter Braden Hodges pounded a 3-1 pitch deep to left field for a solo home run, the first of his career. The next two batters reached safely as Kyler Leamon singled to left and Caden Mason walked. Both eventually scored on an error. After one, the Wildcats led 3-0.
The Wildcats held the Tigers scoreless over three innings allowing only four batters to reach base, while the bats mostly went silent for the Wildcats, too. In the fourth, Oak Grove scored two as two walked batters crossed the plate before the Wildcats could record three outs. Things got worse for Hayden in the fifth. After a leadoff single by University of Alabama signee Braylon Myers, Oak Grove scored four without recording another clean hit.
In the bottom of the seventh, with Oak Grove leading 6-3, a Wildcat rally fell just short. With the tying run at the plate and runners on first and second, Carson Simmons grounded out to the second baseman to end the game.
Hayden lost despite out-hitting Oak Grove six to three. The Wildcats were led at the plate by Hodges who went 2-for-4, homering in the first and recording a single in the seventh. Mullaney, Hodges, and Landon Bradford pitched for the Wildcats. Mullaney went three and a third innings, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out three. Hodges came in from shortstop and Landon Bradford from right field as relief pitchers. Hodges gave up four runs on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in two and two-thirds innings while Bradford allowed no runs and no hits while giving up one walk in one inning of work.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-2. The Wildcats have four home games this week, weather permitting. They played Cleveland at home last night, take on Springville today, the Locust Fork Hornets on Thursday, and the Boaz Pirates Saturday.
The Cleveland Panthers fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 1-5 loss to Sumiton Christian on Saturday. Shaun Spencer started the game for Cleveland surrendering three runs on three hits over five innings. Jacob Johnson threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Jesus Elizarrarez went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Cleveland in hits.
Against Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, the Panthers couldn’t get anything going at the plate losing 0-12. Adrian Zavala led things off on the mound for Cleveland. The right hander went four innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Noah Longshore and Brody Gibson entered the game in relief, each throwing one inning.
The Redskins fought back after finding themselves down by four runs in the fourth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 6-7 defeat by Boaz on Saturday. Oneonta scored five runs in the failed comeback on a home run by Connor Faust in the fifth and a single by Faust in the seventh. Luke Hodge took the loss for the Redskins allowing five hits and three runs over two and a third innings while striking out two. Faust went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead OHS in hits.
Oneonta grabbed an early lead on its way to a 10-4 victory over Fort Payne on Saturday. Faust was the winning pitcher. He lasted four innings, allowed two hits and three runs, and struck out three. Tanner Bartlett and Charlie Jones entered from the bullpen and helped close out the game.
The Redskins racked up 10 hits. Brodie Devaney and Will Moye each collected multiple hits with Devaney going 3-for-4 at the plate.
The J.B. Pennington Tigers struggled to find their groove in their doubleheader with Fairview Saturday falling 3-13 and 9-16. Zack Timmerman was on the mound for Pennington in game one. He allowed six runs on two hits and struck out two. Isaac Murphree and Jaxon Timmerman entered the game in relief, throwing three innings and one inning respectively. Jackson Millwood, Jaxon Timmerman, and Matthew Smith each collected one hit to lead the Tigers.
In game two, Pennington collected six hits to Fairview’s 10. Matthew Smith toed the rubber for the Tigers allowing eight hits and 10 runs over four innings, striking out seven. Jaxson Branham threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Pennington tallied six hits with Jaxon Timmerman and Sawyer Heptinstall leading the way with two hits apiece.
The Lady Hornets got on the scoreboard early and held off the Lady Redskins in a 6-4 win Friday evening. Locust Fork got things started in the first inning when Savannah Neely doubled sending a runner home. They added a couple more runs in the third and three in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, the Lady Redskins finally got some offense going scoring four runs. Aaliyah Byrd homered scoring a couple of runs and Kylie Wilson doubled bringing in another. Wilson scored the Lady Redskins’ final run stealing home.
Hannah Payne was in the circle for the Lady Hornets. In six innings, she struck out seven, walked one, and allowed four runs on four hits. Neely went 3-for-3 at the plate and recorded three RBIs.
In the circle for Oneonta was Ashtyn Sligh. She gave up six hits over five innings recording three strike outs and no walks.
On Saturday, the Lady Hornets faced Holly Pond and Fultondale. They shut out Holly Pond 11-0 with Payne pitching again. Aliyah Calvert recorded three hits and Neely recorded 3 RBIs. In their final game of the day, they racked up 14 more runs while Payne pitched another shutout. The 14-0 win gives the Lady Hornets a 3-0 start on the season.
The Lady Redskins got their season started last Thursday with a home game against the Hanceville Bulldogs scoring 15 runs in two innings. Byrd, Sligh, Wilson, and Payten Burns had multiple RBIs, while Byrd, Sligh, and Wilson led the team with two hits apiece. Gracyn Clifton gave up only two hits as the Redskins shut out the Bulldogs 15-0.
On Saturday, Clifton led the Lady Redskins to their second win of the season as they beat Cleveland 6-2. Clifton pitched four innings, allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out four. Cadence Cole led Oneonta at the plate with two hits.
The Lady Redskins easily beat Fultondale 17-1 in their next game. Leah Watkins got the win striking out four. Wilson, Clifton, and Harper Simmons each had a couple of RBIs.
Oneonta’s last game of the day was against Holly Pond. The Lady Redskins lost after Holly Pond scored three in the top of the sixth. The game was tied at two at the top of the sixth. A couple of Redskin errors loaded the bases and another error brought two of those runners home.
The Lady Redskins got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Cole scored on Clifton’s single, but it wasn’t enough. Oneonta out hit Holly Pond seven to two.
Sligh led things off in the pitcher’s circle. She surrendered four runs on two hits over six innings, striking out five, and walking one. Clifton led the team with two hits in three at bats.
The Lady Wildcats got their season underway last weekend at West Point High School where they faced West Point, Brewer, Lawrence County, and Curry. The day started with a 9-1 win over Brewer. Olivia Armstrong wasted no opportunities at the plate driving in four runs on three hits to lead the Lady Wildcats. She drove in runs on a single in the first, a double in the second, and a single in the fourth.
Miah Simmons pitched three innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero. Emily Adkins threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. The Lady Wildcats racked up 11 hits. Armstrong led Hayden at the plate with three hits in three at bats.
The Curry game went just three innings with Curry edging the Lady Wildcats 4-3. Lindsey Smith went 2-for-2 hitting a homer and a triple. Ansley Armstrong also hit one over the fence. Savannah Painter took the loss giving up a couple of homers on four hits.
Game three against West Point was a defensive battle that ended in a 1-1 tie. Hayden scored their only run on Armstrong’s homer. Simmons pitched five allowing two hits (one was a home run) and two walks.
Against Lawrence County, Hayden clinched the lead in the fourth for a 7-4 win. The game was tied at 4-4 with Hayden batting in the top of the fourth. Taylor Yeager homered on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs. Ansley Armstrong’s homer in the fourth cushioned the lead. Painter got the win going four innings. She allowed five hits and four runs while striking out three and walking zero.
Monday afternoon, the Lady Wildcats’ bats were hot. They launched five home runs en route to an 11-2 win over the Moody Blue Devils. Ansley Armstrong’s four-RBI day sealed the deal. She drove in four on two hits (home runs in the third and sixth innings). The Lady Wildcats tallied four runs in the sixth inning led by Smith and Ansley Armstrong. Becca Benton went deep in the fifth inning and Olivia Armstrong went deep in the third. Simmons got the win surrendering two runs on six hits over six innings, striking out two, and walking zero. Emily Adkins threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
The Lady Tigers had a tough time generating runs on Saturday, losing to Scottsboro 2-8, Hazel Green 1-18, and Southside 5-11. Montana Martinez took the loss for Pennington against Scottsboro. She went three innings allowing nine hits and six runs while striking out one and walking one. Jais Peek led Pennington with two hits in two at bats.
Peek took the loss against Hazel Green surrendering 14 runs on five hits over one inning, striking out one. Lessie Allison and Peek each collected one hit to lead the Lady Tigers at the plate.
Against Southside, the Lady Tigers opened up the scoring in the first inning on Allison’s solo homer. They notched four runs in the fifth inning off singles by Kenlee Murphree, Savana Delgado, and Allison. Delgado took the loss. The righty surrendered 11 runs on 11 hits over four innings, striking out three, and walking one.