Season hits halfway point



Monday, March 15

Baseball at Blountsville
J.B. Pennington 9-11, Appalachian 2-0

The good news for the visiting Eagles in the doubleheader was that the two teams combined for 27 hits. The bad news was that 24 of those hits were pounded out by the host Tigers.

In game one, Pennington (3-4) three hits each from Stephen Moore (3 for 3, RBI, two runs, two stolen bases) and Lee Morton (3 for 4, double, two RBIs) to pace an offense that built a 9-2 lead through four innings.

Morton got the win by surrendering three hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts.

In game two, the Tiger offense was good but it was pitcher Justin Duncan who stole the show.

Duncan fired a five-inning, no-hitter allowing just one walk and one hit batter with seven strikeouts.

Moore (2 for 2, two doubles, three RBIs, two runs, stolen base), Morton (2 for 3, RBI, two runs, stolen base), and James Glass (2 for 3, three RBIs, two runs, three stolen bases) led the Pennington offense.

The Tigers improved to 4-4 on the year.

Tuesday, March 16

Baseball at Blountsville
J.B. Pennington 9, Holly Pond 4

The visiting Broncos came out swinging and led 3-1 after one inning. However, Pennington scored a run in the third and tacked on four in the fourth and three in the fifth to cruise to the victory.

Moore (3 for 4, double, stolen base), Daniel Smith (3 for 4, home run, two RBIs, two stolen bases), Wesley Stephens (2 for 4, triple, RBI, two runs), and Morton (2 for 4, three RBIs, two runs, stolen base) led a Tiger attack that pounded out 14 hits.

Moore pitched the first five innings – allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts – to get the win. Mitchell Doyle pitched the final two innings.

Pennington improved to 5-4 on the year. Softball at Oneonta
Oneonta 4, Locust Fork 3 (9 innings)

Locust Fork’s Jordan Hood and Oneonta’s Rebecca Sloan hooked up in a good, old-fashioned pitcher’s duel that took three extra innings to decide the winner.

Hood allowed just four hits and struck out 12 but walked seven and hit a batter and allowed three earned runs.

Sloan allowed nine hits and a pair of earned runs but walked just two and struck out seven.

Locust Fork got a single and a home run from Hannah Kirkley, three singles by Megan Cook, and a pair of singles by Hood.

Oneonta was led by Kelsey King (1 for 3, home run, two RBIs, two walks). Sloan, Alyssa Crim, and Baylee Gibbs were each 1 for 4.

Thursday, March 18

Baseball at Cold Springs
J.B. Pennington 16, Cold Springs 2

Lee Morton (5 for 5, four RBIs, three runs) led a Tiger offense that collected 15 hits against an Eagle pitching staff that had no answers.

Smith (2 for 4, three RBIs, two runs, five stolen bases) and Robby Taylor (2 for 2, two RBIs, two runs, stolen base) were the other Tigers to collect more than one hit.

Three Tiger pitchers – Chris Sullivan, Glass, and Doyle – combined to no-hit the Eagles, despite surrendering eight walks.

The Tigers moved to 6-4 on the year.

Friday, March 19

Baseball at Blountsville
J.B. Pennington 11, Susan Moore 1 (6 innings)

Morton and Duncan combined on a no-hitter as the Tigers wrapped up a very successful week (5-0).

Morton pitched the first four innings and gave up a run on a walk in the first inning but struck out five. Duncan pitched a perfect fifth and sixth with a pair of strikeouts.

Smith (3 for 4, two doubles, RBI, two runs, stolen base), Tyler Hamm (3 for 4, two RBIs, run), Duncan (2 for 2, two doubles, RBI, run, stolen base), Robby Taylor (2 for 3, RBI, three runs, two stolen bases), and Morton (2 for 3, RBI, run, stolen base) led a Tiger offense that erupted for 18 hits.

Pennington improved to 7-4 on the year. Softball Oneonta Tournament Locust Fork 5, Oxford 2

The 4A Lady Hornets knocked around the 6A Lady Yellow Jackets for 11 hits to win the tournament opener.

Mollie Denney (3 for 4, double, RBI), Casey Irey (2 for 3, double, run), and Jordan Hood (2 for 4, double, two RBIs) led the Locust Fork offense.

Hood gave up four hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts to get the win. Hayden 9, Oxford 2

The Lady Wildcats pounded out 12 hits to ease past the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Madison Durham supplied the big bat for Hayden with three hits, including a home run, with five RBIs and a run scored. Meagan Holt (three hits, double, two runs) and Laila Russell (two hits, three runs) added to the attack.

Mara Conner scattered four hits and three walks with three strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the year. Hayden 8, 5A No. 8 Walker 5

Hannah Butts allowed seven hits and one walk to one of the better teams in Class 5A to get the win and improve to 2-2 on the year.

Conner (3 for 3, double, RBI, three runs), Durham (two hits, three RBis, two runs), and Russell (two hits, RBI, two runs) led the offense as Hayden improved to 11-6 on the year.

Saturday, March 20

Softball Oneonta Tournament Hayden 5, Locust Fork 4

The Lady Wildcats were the only team in the tournament to finish pool play undefeated but it took a comeback win over the Lady Hornets to do it.

Mara Conner walked three and hit two but struck out three to get the win and improve to 3-1 on the year.

Jordan Hood was the tough-luck loser despite striking out 13.

Tiffany Ausborn got the big hit for Hayden with a two-run single in the sixth inning. Hayden 15, Arab 0

The Lady Wildcats began bracket play by destroying the 5A Lady Knights behind the pitching of Caitlin Kirkland who allowed just one hit and struck out three to improve to 5-1 on the year.

Madison Durham (double, three RBIs, three runs), Ausborn (double, three RBIs), Conner (2 for 3, three runs), Kirkland (two hits, RBI, run), and Hannah Butts (single, two RBIs, two runs) led the offense as Hayden improved to 13-6 on the year. Pell City 5, Hayden 1

The Lady Wildcats’ tournament run came to a screeching halt in the semifinals at the hands of Pell City ace Ali Hall, who surrendered just four hits.

Russell took the loss for the Wildcats as she gave up four runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Kirkland pitched well in relief, giving up just two hits and an unearned run with one strikeout in 3.2 innings.

Conner (double), Ausborn (double), Durham, and Butts had the Wildcats’ only hits. Butts scored Hayden’s only run after reaching on a single in the third inning.

Wednesday, March 24

Baseball Susan Moore at West End 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 25

Baseball Oneonta at Susan Moore (V, JV) 4 p.m. Locust Fork at Corner (JV, V) 4 p.m. Ashville at Cleveland 6:30 p.m. *Jefferson Christian at Appalachian 4 p.m. Softball Oneonta at Locust Fork 4:30 p.m. Soccer Cullman at Oneonta (Girls only) 5 p.m.

Friday, March 26

Baseball Oneonta at Appalachian (V, JV) 4 p.m. J.B. Pennington at Hayden (JV – DH) 4 p.m. Softball Locust Fork Varsity/JV Tournament

Saturday, March 27

Baseball Locust Fork at Cleveland (DH) 11 a.m. Softball Locust Fork Varsity/JV Tournament

Monday, March 29

Baseball *Susan Moore at Holly Pond (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. *Addison at Cleveland 4:30 p.m. *Parkway Christian at Appalachian 4 p.m. *Hanceville at J.B. Pennington 3:30 p.m. Softball Cleveland at Locust Fork (V, JV) 4 p.m. Oneonta at Hayden 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30

Baseball *Holly Pond at Susan Moore (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. *Locust Fork at St. Clair County (JV, V) 4:30 p.m. *Cleveland at Addison (DH) 4:30 p.m. *Ashville at Oneonta (JV, V) 4:30 p.m. *Jefferson Christian at Appalachian 4 p.m. *J.B. Pennington at Hanceville (DH) 3:30 p.m. Softball Locust Fork at J.B. Pennington (V, JV) 4 p.m. Boaz at Oneonta 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 31

Baseball Blount County Tournament Championship Game Cleveland vs Oneonta at Appalachian 4 p.m. *area contest