Blount County Baseball Tournament dodges weather

Susan Moore catcher Dakota Ayers reaches for the throw as Oneonta’s Travis Sims tries to score.

Susan Moore catcher Dakota Ayers reaches for the throw as Oneonta’s Travis Sims tries to score.

Cleveland, Oneonta, and Locust Fork were the winners during Monday’s first day of the Blount County Baseball Tournament.

At Appalachian, Cleveland held off Hayden 3-2 to advance to meet Appalachian yesterday afternoon. The loser of that game was to meet Hayden in an elimination game last night.

At Locust Fork, Oneonta cruised past Susan Moore 12-1. Locust Fork came from behind to upend J.B. Pennington 7-6 in the other game. Susan Moore met Pennington in an elimination game yesterday followed by Oneonta squaring off against Locust Fork in a winner’s bracket matchup.

The Hayden Lady Wildcats proudly display the Cullman County Umpires Association Tournament championship trophy.

The Hayden Lady Wildcats proudly display the Cullman County Umpires Association Tournament championship trophy.

The tournament continues with the semifinals on Thursday and the if-necessary games on Friday.

The championship game will be played Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock at Appalachian.

Thursday, March 4

Softball at Locust Fork
Locust Fork 8, Guntersville 1

The Lady Hornets got a solid pitching performance from Jordan Hood to knock off the Lady Wildcats.

Hood gave up six hits and walked five (also hit a batter) but struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run.

Hannah Kirkley (3 for 4, triple, run, stolen bases), Megan Cook (2 for 3, double, two RBIs, run, stolen base), Mollie Denney (2 for 3, RBI, two runs), and Alyson Burke (2 for 4, RBI, two runs, three stolen bases) led the Hornet offense.

Friday, March 5

Baseball at Oneonta
Oneonta 6, Susan Moore 0

The Redskins jumped out quickly with a four-run first inning and the Bulldogs were never able to threaten against Redskin pitchers Matt Hellums and Austin Dickie.

Tyler Harper and Matt Dudley combined on the mound for the Bulldogs and gave up eight hits and just three earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts.

For Oneonta (5-2), Hellums went the first five innings and gave up just three hits and struck out nine while Dickie threw the final two innings and surrendered a hit with two strikeouts.

Susan Moore (3-3) got a pair of singles from Cory Snell. Dakota Ayers had a double and Cody Stricklin had a single for the other Bulldog hits.

Travis Sims (2 for 3, two RBIs, two runs) led a Redskin offense that collected eight hits. Cory Glasscock, Wes Gillespie (double), Jake Thomas (double), Caleb Bicknell (double), Dickie, and Hellums each had hits. Baseball at Brindlee Mtn.
Brindlee Mtn. 6, J.B. Pennington 5

The Tigers held a 5-4 lead headed to the bottom of the seventh but the host Lions rallied for a pair of runs for the victory.

Mitchell Doyle, in relief of Justin Duncan, took the loss on the mound for Pennington. Duncan gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk through the first five innings. Doyle gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits with one walk over the final two frames.

Steven Moore (4 for 4, double, RBI, run), Tyler Hamm (3 for 3, double, run, stolen base), Daniel Smith (2 for 4, double, RBI,, run, stolen base), and Lee Morton (2 for 4, RBI) paced the Tiger offense.

Pennington fell to 1-3 on the season. Softball Lady Wildcats win Cullman Tournament

The Hayden Lady Wildcats swept through the Cullman County Umpires Association Softball Tournament last weekend at Fairview.

Hayden opened the play on Friday night with a 4-3 victory over Holly Pond behind the pitching of freshman Caitlin Kirkland, who relieved Hannah Butts.

Pinch runner Kaci Jinright scored the winning run on an infield single by Butts in the last inning.

Butts and Mara Conner were both 2 for 3.

On Saturday, the Lady Wildcats started early with an 11-2 pounding of Vinemont.

Conner was 3 for 3 with a home run, a double, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Laila Russell (double, triple, RBI, two runs), Meagan Holt (two RBIs, stolen base), and Ashlan Dutton (two runs, two steals) were each 2 for 3.

Dutton got the win on the mound.

In the final pool play game, the Lady Wildcats blasted Fairview 8-0. Eight of the nine Wildcat starters had at least one hit each with Holt and Conner adding a double each.

Kirkland and Butts were the pitchers.

In the first game of bracket play, Vinemont proved to be a much tougher out the second time around as the Lady Wildcats knocked off the Lady Eagles 6-4.

Hannah Butts pitched the first two innings for the win with Laila Russell finishing up.

Megan Holt had three singles while Ashlan Dutton had a pair of hits.

In the championship game, Hayden took down Holly Pond 4-1 for the title.

Madison Durham had a big two-run single in the second inning for what proved to be the winning runs.

Wildcat freshman Caitlin Kirkland was dominant on the mound, allowing only two Holly Pond batters to reach. She pitched a complete game (five inning) one hitter, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Hayden improved to 9-3 with the win.

Monday, March 8

Softball at Boaz
Boaz 6, Oneonta 1

An unearned run was all the Oneonta offense could produce in Monday’s loss at 5A Boaz.

Kelsey King and Sara Higginbotham were each 2 for 3 with Higginbotham’s double the only extra base hit for the visitors. Baylee Gibbs scored the lone run on a Boaz error.

King took the loss on the mound, giving up six runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Rebecca Sloan finished up and gave up just one hit with four strikeouts in 2.3 innings. at Mortimer Jordan
Mortimer Jordan 7, Hayden 0

The Lady Blue Devils are nationally-ranked and probably the best team in the state. Hayden won’t argue with either accolade after Mortimer Jordan slammed a pair of home runs in the 7-0 win.

Morgan Estell had a solo homer in the third inning and Hayley McCleney had a two-run blast in the fourth for the Lady Blue Devils.

Hayden got singles from Mara Conner, Madison Durham, and Brittany Thomas but couldn’t do much else against Mortimer Jordan’s Heather Parker who struck out nine.

Mortimer Jordan improved to 11-0 while Hayden fell to 9-4.

onday, March 8

Softball at Odenville
Locust Fork 3, St. Clair County 0

Locust Fork’s Jordan Hood was just wild enough to keep the Lady Saints off-balance in a dominant afternoon on the mound.

Hood gave up just three hits and walked one but she also hit four batters and struck out 10 in the completegame performance. Hood helped her own cause at the plate by going 2 for 3.

The Lady Hornet offense was led by Mollie Denney (2 for 3, home run, double, two RBIs) and Hannah Kirkley (2 for 4, double, RBI).

This week’s schedule:

Thursday, March 11

Baseball Blount County Tournament semifinals at Appalachian and Locust Fork Softball Locust Fork at Ashville (JV, V) 4:30 p.m. Soccer Columbia-Huntsville at Oneonta – Girls 5 p.m.; Boys 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 Baseball Blount County Tournament if-necessary games at Appalachian and Locust Fork Softball Locust Fork at Guntersville Tournament Oneonta at Wallace State Tournament

Saturday, March 13

Baseball Blount County Tournament Championship Game at Appalachian 1 p.m. Softball Locust Fork at Guntersville Tournament Oneonta at Wallace State Tournament

Monday, March 15

Baseball J.B. Pennington at Susan Moore 4 p.m. Cleveland and Southeastern at Oneonta (JV) 3:30 p.m. Softball Hayden at Locust Fork (JV, V) 4 p.m. Oneonta at Susan Moore 4:30 p.m. Soccer Oneonta at St. Bernard – Girls 5 p.m.; Boys 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16

Baseball Susan Moore at Cleveland (V, JV) 4 p.m. *Locust Fork at Ashville (JV, V) 4:30 p.m. *St. Clair County at Oneonta (JV, V) 4:30 p.m. Holly Pond at J.B. Pennington (V, JV) 4 p.m. Softball Locust Fork at Oneonta 5 p.m.

*area contest