Lady Eagles on a roll


Appalachian pitcher Ashley Maddox delivers against Douglas. -Traci Price

Appalachian pitcher Ashley Maddox delivers against Douglas. -Traci Price

Down 2-6 heading into the bottom of the third inning, Appalachian scored four runs to even the score. They took the lead in the fifth inning and held on to beat Douglas 14-9.

Douglas got on the board with one run in their first at bat, but Appalachian answered. Taylor Woodard led off Appalachian’s first at bat with a fly ball double to center field. She tagged up and advanced to third base on Kaylan Martin’s fly ball to right. Zoe Payne drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Up next, Jordan Henderson drove in Woodard and Payne on a hard ground ball to center field.

With three runs in the second and two more in the top of the third, Douglas built a 6-2 lead. Leading off in the bottom of the third, Woodard got her second hit of the game, a single fly to right field. Martin landed at first after being hit by a pitch. Both scored on Zoe Payne’s grounder. With Henderson at the plate, Payne stole second and third before making it safely across home plate on a Douglas error. Henderson drew a walk and advanced to second on Sophie Latta’s ground ball single to left field. Both runner’s advanced on Stormy Stidham’s line drive to right field to load the bases. Trinity Day’s ground ball sent Henderson home and tied the game 6-6.

Appalachian’s Kaylan Martin lays down a bunt against Douglas. -Traci Price

Appalachian’s Kaylan Martin lays down a bunt against Douglas. -Traci Price

Appalachian went ahead in the fifth scoring five runs. Woodard drove in Stidham and Ashley Maddox, Payne drove in Woodard and Martin, and Latta drove in Payne. In the sixth, Appalachian extended their lead with Grace Benson, Day, and Woodard each scoring in the inning. While Douglas scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, it wasn’t enough to catch the Lady Eagles.

Payne drove in six runs and scored two on two hits. Henderson and T. Day each drove in two runs and scored one on one hit. Woodard finished the game with three hits, four runs, and one RBI. Latta drove in one run on two hits while Stidham scored one run and finished with two hits. Martin scored twice with Benson and Maddox scoring one apiece.

Amanda Richelderfer started in the pitcher’s circle. She gave up six runs on two hits in two innings. Maddox came in to finish the game surrendering three runs on eight hits and striking out five through five innings.

Appalachian @ Fairview, W 11-5

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early lead on the road and held on to top Fairview 11-5. Appalachian scored three in the first, three in the second, and added five more while holding the Lady Aggies at five runs.

Henderson drove in three runs, Martin drove in two, and Woodard, Stidham, and Dalys Day each drove in one. Woodard went 4-for-5 at the plate hitting both a double and a triple.

Martin, Henderson, Stidham, and D. Day each had one hit. Scoring the Lady Eagles’ 11 runs were Woodard, Martin, and D. Day with two each; and Payne, Henderson, Latta, Benson, and T. Day scoring once.

Richelderfer got the start giving up five runs on two hits in one inning pitched. Maddox pitched the final six striking out seven while allowing two hits and zero runs.

Sardis City Classic v Sardis, L 3-12; v Skyline, W 6-4; v Huntsville, L 1-3

The Lady Eagles headed to Sardis over the weekend for the Sardis City Classic. They split Friday’s pool play games losing to Sardis 3-12 and beating Skyline 6-4. They fell to Huntsville 1-3 in the first round of bracket play on Saturday.

Against Sardis, the Lady Lions scored 11 runs in the top of the third and the Lady Eagles couldn’t keep up. Two of Appalachian’s runs came in the bottom of the third and the final one came in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out, Ana Peek walked and advanced to second on a grounder from Woodard. Martin singled on a line drive to right field to drive in Peek. Payne loaded the bases on a grounder to third. The Lady Lions walked Henderson sending Woodard home. In the bottom of the fourth, T. Day walked to lead off the inning, got to third on Peek’s infield hit, and scored on a Sardis error.

Martin and Henderson each drove in one run on one hit while Peek scored one run on one hit. T. Day and Woodard each scored one. Appalachian’s starting pitcher Sarah Metcalf gave up six runs on six hits in two and one-third innings. Richelderfer allowed four runs on one hit in a third of an inning. Maddox finished the game allowing two runs on four hits.

In the second game Friday, the Lady Eagles took an early lead against Skyline and held on to win by two. The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the first and four in the second for a quick 6-1 lead. The Lady Vikings made it close scoring two runs in the third and another in the fifth. Maddox earned the win. She allowed five hits and four runs over five innings.

The Lady Eagles took advantage of Skyline miscues in the first inning allowing both Martin and Payne to score. Peek walked to lead off the second followed by Woodard who singled on a fly ball to right. Martin cleared the bases with a home run to extend the lead 5-1. Payne reached second on a ground ball to left field and scored on Stidham’s grounder to left field.

Martin drove in three runs on two hits and scored twice. Stidham led the team with three hits driving in one run. Woodard and Payne each had one hit with Woodard scoring twice and Payne once. Peek finished with one run scored.

On Saturday, Huntsville led off the striking out 10 and walking one.

Woodard drove in three runs on two hits and scored two runs. Henderson and Peek each drove in two runs and scored two runs. One of Henderson’s two hits was a triple. Payne drove in one on two hits and scored twice. Benson and D. Day both scored one run while T. Day scored two and Latta scored three. Appalachian’s remaining hits came from Martin, D. Day, Benson, and Peek who had one apiece.

The Lady Eagles wrapped up area play and first place in 1A Area 11 with Monday night’s win. They will host the area tournament, which gets underway the first week of May. game scoring three runs in the top of the first. The Lady Eagles answered with one run, but that’s all they got. Pitching was strong on both sides with each team allowing four hits. Metcalf got the start for the Lady Eagles giving up three runs on three hits. Richelderfer relieved her in the first. Through two innings she held Huntsville to zero hits and zero runs. Maddox closed out the game allowing just one hit and no runs through three innings.

Woodard led off the game with a single on a fly ball to left field, advanced to second on Latta’s sacrifice grounder, and scored on Henderson’s line drive to right field. With two hits and one run, Woodard led the Lady Eagles at the plate. Henderson drove in one run on one hit and Stidham had the final Appalachian hit.

Appalachian @ Victory Christian, W
16-4

Victory Christian struck first, but were no match for the Lady Eagles. Woodard, Payne, and Henderson each had two hits to lead Appalachian at the plate. Woodard had a home run in the third inning. Ashley Maddox earned the win going seven innings allowing five hits and four runs while

Hayden v Cordova, W 4-2

The Lady Wildcats scored three runs in their first at bat and held on to beat Cordova 4-2. Lindsey Smith led off Hayden’s first at bat with a walk. Taylor Yeager doubled on a fly ball to center field sending Smith home. Ansley Armstrong followed up with a homer to left field scoring runs two and three.

Becca Benton scored Hayden’s final run of the game in the bottom of the third. After hitting a line drive to left field, she advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then she tagged up on a fly-ball out and made it safely to third. Benton took advantage of a Cordova error and scored.

Mia Simmons got the win allowing only one run on four hits through four innings. Closing out the game, Savannah Painter also surrendered only one run on three hits through three innings. Benton led the Lady Wildcats at the plate driving in two runs on two hits while scoring two runs. Yeager drove in one and scored once on one hit.

The 5A Lady Wildcats remain ranked No. 5 in the ASWA weekly poll. Hayden is scheduled to play at Mortimer Jordan at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Locust Fork
Locust Fork @ Pennington, W 14-4

On Thursday, the Lady Hornets traveled to Blountsville where they took an early 8-2 lead against the Lady Tigers going on to win 14-4.

Pennington got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first. Lola Wood led off with a single on a hard ground ball to shortstop followed by Lessie Allison’s single on a grounder to the pitcher. Wood ended up scoring on a passed ball while Harlie McClendon drove in Allison.

The Lady Hornets followed up with eight runs of their own in the top of the second. Ava Hancock, Jenna Adams, and Emma Adams led off with infield hits, but Pennington got Hancock out at third leaving runners on first and second. J. Adams got Locust Fork’s first run on a ground out from Raegan Owen.

With two outs, Cori Barwick singled on a ground ball to center field to get E. Adams home. Then Hannah Payne reached first on a grounder and Alivia Watkins walked to load the bases. After Savannah Neely was hit by a pitch to walk in Barwick, Alana Calvert hit a grounder sending Watkins home. In Hancock’s second at bat of the inning, she tripled on a line drive to center field scoring Watkins, Neely, and Calvert. She scored on the next pitch when Adams drove the ball to left field.

The Lady Tigers added one run in the bottom of the third on Autumn Sansing’s solo shot to center. Their final run came in the bottom of the fourth. Amber Hall and Dingler both landed on base after being hit by a pitch. Hall stole third and then reached home on Lola Wood’s outfield hit.

In the top of the fifth, Hancock was back up and started the inning with a walk on four straight balls. Adams moved her to second on a grounder to left field. Both took advantage of a wild pitch landing safely on third and second. Owen drove both runners in on a line drive to center field. Barwick’s grounder moved Owen to third and then Payne walked. With bases loaded, Neely drove the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam to complete Locust Fork’s 10-run victory.

Payne earned the win for the Lady Hornets going five innings. She gave up six hits and four runs while striking out eight. Montana Martinez started in the pitching circle for Pennington. She gave up eight runs on six hits in two innings. Relieving her was Savana Delgado who allowed six runs on three hits through three innings.

Adams led the Lady Hornets at the plate with three hits, two runs, and one RBI. Neely drove in five on one hit and scored twice while Hancock and Owen each drove in three on one hit. Hancock finished with two runs and Owen with one. Payne, Watkins, Neely, and Barwick each had one hit with Payne and Barwick scoring two times and Watkins, Calvert, and E. Adams each scoring one run. Barwick also drove in one run.

Wood, Sansing, and McClendon each drove in a run for the Lady Tigers with Wood getting two hits and scoring one run. Lessie Allison, Sansing, McClendon, and Hall each had one hit with Allison, Sansing, and Hall also scoring one run each.

Oneonta @ Etowah, L 0-2; v Ashville, L 5-9

The Lady Redskins lost their final two regular season area games last week. They fell 0-2 to top-ranked Etowah on the road Tuesday and 5-9 to Ashville at home Thursday. Etowah swept both Ashville and Oneonta to win the area and will host the 4A Area 10 tournament. Ashville and Oneonta split their two regular season games.

On Tuesday, both teams were strong in the pitcher’s circle. Gracyn Clifton went six innings for Oneonta surrendering six hits and two runs. Clifton also got one of Oneonta’s two hits. She singled on a fly ball to left field in the second inning. Ashtyn Sligh singled on a fly ball to center field in the fourth for the only other Oneonta hit.

In Thursday’s game, the Lady Redskins fell behind early despite scoring three runs in the first. Aaliyah Byrd led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot over the left field fence. Sligh walked and Desalee Frederick came in as a courtesy runner. A sacrifice bunt from Kylie Wilson advanced Frederick to second. After Emma Jo Devaney walked, Clifton singled on a line drive to center to load the bases. Another walk to Harper Simmons sent Frederick home. Peyton Burns drove in Devaney on a line drive to center field.

The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the first, four in the second inning, and one in third to build a 7-3 lead. Oneonta added a run in the fourth with Burns crossing the plate on Byrd’s sacrifice fly. In the sixth inning, Byrd doubled on a line drive to center and scored Oneonta’s final run on Sligh’s hit to left field.

Byrd led the Redskins at the plate driving in two runs on two hits with a homer and scoring twice. Sligh and Burns each drove in one run on two hits with Burns scoring once. Devaney finished with one hit and one run, Clifton with one hit, and Frederick with one run.

Oneonta @ Arab, W 8-4

The Lady Redskins snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-4 win on the road Monday afternoon. Arab out hit Oneonta 10-3, but the Lady Redskins’ defense played a solid game.

Clifton got the win pitching four and a third innings. She allowed nine hits that scored four runs. Sligh closed out the game allowing just one more hit, but no runs.

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings, but the Lady Redskins got their bats going in the fifth scoring five runs. They tacked on two more in the sixth.

In the top of the first, Sligh scored on a passed ball. In the fifth, Simmons walked to load the bases. Byrd then drove in Smith and Jackson on a fly ball to left field. Frederick came in as a courtesy runner for Simmons and advanced to third on Sligh’s walk. A bunt from Wilson scored both Frederick and Byrd. Clifton then drove in Sligh on a ground out to first. Byrd drove in Smith and Jackson in the top of the sixth for Oneonta’s final runs of the game.

The Lady Redskins travel to Clay-Chalkville tomorrow for a 5 p.m. game.

J.B.Pennington v Holly Pond, L 2-12

Last Tuesday, the Lady Tigers struggled to get runners home in a 2-12 loss to the Lady Broncos. Pennington’s two runs came in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Bailey Dingler doubled on a fly ball to shallow left field. They held Dingler up at third on Lessie Allison’s hard line drive to left. Autumn Sansing then walked to load the bases. Dingler and Allison both scored on Jais Peek’s outfield hit.

Dingler and Amber Hall led the Lady Tigers at the plate with two hits each. Peek drove in two runs on her one hit while Allison and Maggie Adams each finished with one hit as well. Montana Martinez got the loss allowing six hits and seven runs through two innings. Adams pitched the final three innings giving up seven runs on six hits.

Cullman’s Pre-State Blowout v Boaz, L 2-17; v Oak Grove, W 13-5; v McAdory, L 3-6

Last Friday and Saturday, the Lady Tigers headed to Cullman’s Heritage Park for the Pre-State Blowout. They split Friday night’s pool play games losing 2-17 to Boaz and beating Oak Grove 13-5. On Saturday, they fell 3-6 to McAdory in the tournament’s first round of bracket play.

Against Boaz, Pennington got down early and never recovered. They scored one run in the first inning with Peek driving in Wood. In the bottom of the third inning, Sansing hit a solo shot to left field for Pennington’s second and final run.

Sansing’s one hit, one run, and one RBI led the team. Peek drove in one run on one hit. Wood and Hall had the team’s other two hits with Wood scoring the first Lady Tiger run. Starting in the pitcher’s circle was Maggie Adams who gave up 12 hits and 14 runs through three and a third innings. Delgado pitched in relief allowing three runs on three hits through one and two-thirds innings.

Later on Friday, the Lady Tigers got their bats going and racked up 13 runs on 13 hits against Oak Grove. Martinez got the win pitching a complete game. She surrendered five runs on eight hits.

Pennington opened the game with one run in the first. Wood led off with a single and scored the game’s first run. They added three more runs in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth, and six in the fifth.

Wood finished with three runs; Allison, Katie Abbott, and Hall finished with two runs; and Sansing, Peek, and McClendon one. Peek drove in five runs on four hits, one of which was a homer. Sansing drove in two on two hits and Allison drove in one on one hit. Abbott and Hall each had a couple of hits while Reagan Blackwood had one.

On Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers fell behind 1-6. While they scored two more to cut the deficit in half, they got no closer. Pennington started the game with a single on Wood’s infield hit. She stole second, advanced to third on Allison’s ground out, and tagged up to score on Sansing’s pop fly to centerfield. Peek hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth for Pennington’s final runs of the game.

Peek led the Lady Tigers at the plate driving in two runs on two hits with one run. Wood, Sansing, Abbott, and Blackwood finished with one hit apiece while Wood and Sansing scored the other Pennington runs. Martinez got the loss allowing five runs on four hits through two innings. Delgado came in to close the game. Through three innings, she gave up four hits and one run.

Southeastern v Fultondale, W 14-0

The Lady Mustangs were strong at the plate and in the field shutting out Fultondale last week. Emilie Hamilton gave up just two hits while the Lady Mustangs tallied eight hits in Southeastern’s 14-0 win. Through four innings, Hamilton struck out nine while walking three.

Southeastern scored six runs in their first at bat adding three in the second, three in the third, and two in the fourth.

Sydni Carpenter drove in Maddi Fortenberry and Riley Ruple on a double in her first at bat. Sara Miller drove in four runs on two doubles. Fortenberry scored on her first double, a line drive in the second inning, while Mary Hall, Ruple, and Carpenter scored on her line drive in the third. In the bottom of the fourth, Fortenberry ended the game with a triple on a line drive to right field scoring Faith Miller and Hall.

S. Miller drove in four runs on two hits and scored two runs. Fortenberry with three hits and Carpenter with one hit each drove in two runs and scored two runs. Hamilton went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and one run while Alyssa Miller and Haley Wadsworth were also credited with an RBI. Hall and Ruple scored three runs each and F. Miller scored once.