Panthers shut out Tigers on new field


Cleveland’s Lady Panther softball team got their first win on the new softball field Monday.

Cleveland’s Lady Panther softball team got their first win on the new softball field Monday.

On Monday afternoon, the Lady Panthers shut out J.B. Pennington marking their first win on their new field. Cleveland started the game with three runs in the first followed by four in the second, one in the third, and two in the fourth beating the Lady Tigers 10-0.

Starting in the pitching circle for the Lady Panthers was Patelyn Battles who allowed just one hit through five innings striking out 13. Jais Peek got the start for the Lady Tigers. She gave up seven runs on three hits through two innings. Maggie Adams finished the game allowing three runs on three hits in the final two innings.

Walks by Battles and Kylee Gilliland put runners on the bases in the bottom of the first. Battles scored on Trinity Sanders’ ground ball while Gilliland scored on a Pennington error. Emma Thomas brought Sanders home on a line drive to center field.

In the second, Bailey Marsh and Battles reached on grounders before Kahtlyn Painter walked to load the bases. Gilliland got the first out on a fly ball to center, but Marsh tagged up and scored. Sanders knocked in Battles and Painter. She scored the final run of the inning on another Pennington error.

Oneonta’s Kylie Wilson (7) connects against Susan Moore. -Brooke Wilson

Oneonta’s Kylie Wilson (7) connects against Susan Moore. -Brooke Wilson

Painter scored for the Lady Panthers in the third while Thomas and Tori Lind scored the final two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Painter led Cleveland at the plate with two hits and one RBI. Battles, Sanders, Thomas, and Jannet Gonzalez each had one hit. Sanders added three RBIs while Gilliland and Thomas each had one.

Cleveland opens up the Blount County Varsity Softball Tournament at 2:45 p.m. today against Hayden. All games are at Appalachian. Appalachian @ Ragland, L 1-5

Monday’s game in Ragland featured 1A’s No. 5-ranked Lady Eagles and No. 6-ranked Purple Devils. Ragland got on the board first, but Appalachian answered with a run of their own in the top of the second. In the third, Ragland added three more and the Lady Eagles couldn’t put any more runs on the board falling 1-5.

Grace Benson led off the second with a fly ball reaching on an error by the right fielder. Then Kaden Gilliland hit a hard grounder to second reaching base on an error by the second baseman. Benson scored on the play.

Taylor Woodard and Jordan Henderson led the Lady Eagles at the plate with two hits apiece. Stormy Stidham had one hit. Gilliland got the RBI for Benson’s run.

Ashley Maddox was the starting pitcher. She gave up one run on two hits in one inning. Sara Metcalf came in to finish the game. She allowed four runs on eight hits through five innings.

The Lady Eagles are hosting this year’s Blount County Varsity Softball tournament. With a first-round bye, Appalachian will play the winner of the J.B. Pennington/Southeastern game at 2:45 p.m. today. Hayden @ Pinson Valley, W 17-2

The No. 5-ranked Hayden Wildcats knocked off 6A Pinson Valley 17-2 last week. Hayden scored in the top of the first on Becca Benton’s hit that brought Lindsey Smith home. The Lady Wildcats put the game away with 10 in the fifth and six runs in the sixth.

They racked up 15 hits with Smith and Olivia Armstrong leading the team with three hits apiece. Taylor Yeager, Kiley Weston, and Miah Simmons had two hits each while Benton, Kailee McCombs, and Emily Adkins each had one. Yeager finished with five RBIs followed by Simmons with three, O. Armstrong and Adkins with two, and Benton and Weston with one.

Smith scored four of the Wildcat runs. Yeager, Weston, and Adkins each scored twice. Ansley Armstrong, Benton, O. Armstrong, McCombs, Hannah Lockhart, Simmons, and Allie Bryant scored one run each in the win.

Simmons got the start for Hayden. In four innings, she allowed two runs on two hits striking out six. Savannah Painter pitched one inning in relief. Hayden @ Corner, W 4-3

The Lady Wildcats opened region play last Thursday with a 4-3 win over Corner. Hayden scored three in the first and one in the fifth.

After Yeager was hit by a pitch and A. Armstrong walked, Benton doubled on a fly ball to right field scoring Yeager and sending A. Armstrong to third base. She then scored on O. Armstrong’s ground out, which also moved Benton to third. Benton scored on an error for Hayden’s third run. In the fifth inning, Smith’s solo shot to center gave the Wildcats their fourth and final run for the game.

Smith, Benton, O. Armstrong, and Simmons had Hayden’s four hits with Smith, Benton, and O. Armstrong recording one RBI apiece. The team’s four runs were scored by Smith, Yeager, A. Armstrong, and Benton.

Simmons got the win. Through seven innings, she allowed three runs on four hits striking out five. Hayden v Corner, W 7-1

On Monday, Hayden and Corner met again, and the Lady Wildcats came out on top again winning 7-1 at home. Hayden put three runs on the scoreboard in the first inning, two in the second, and two in the fourth. Painter got the win allowing just one run on six hits through seven innings.

Smith led off the game with a solo shot to right field. Yeager then singled and scored when Benton doubled on a line drive to right field. Alyssa Jinright’s fly ball to center scored Benton.

In the second, Benton homered on a fly ball to left scoring A. Armstrong who reached on a walk. Smith led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a deep fly ball to center for her second homer of the game. A. Armstrong then walked and stole second. With O. Armstrong at the plate, Emily Adkins came in as a courtesy runner for A. Armstrong. Adkins scored on O. Armstrong’s grounder to right field.

The Lady Wildcats racked up 11 hits with Smith, Benton, and O. Armstrong having two each. Yeager, Jinright, Bryant, Weston, and Simmons finished with one hit each. Benton had three RBIs and two runs while Smith had two RBIs and two runs. O. Armstrong and Jinright each had one RBI. Yeager, A. Armstrong, and Emily Adkins each scored one run for the Lady Wildcats.

Hayden plays Cleveland in the opening round of the Blount County Varsity Softball Tournament at 2:45 p.m. today. Appalachian is hosting the tournament. Locust Fork Locust Fork @ Southeastern, W 10-5

Last week the Lady Hornets and Lady Mustangs faced off in a 2A Region 11 matchup. Locust Fork scored first with two runs in the top of the third. Southeastern answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning for the lead. That lead slipped away as Locust Fork scored six in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Southeastern would score just once more falling to the Lady Hornets 5-10.

Alivia Watkins scored two of the runs in the fourth with her two-run homer. Ava Hancock then singled scoring two more runs. Jenna Adams followed Hancock with a single scoring the final run of the inning. Hancock went deep in the sixth for Locust Fork’s final two runs of the game.

Four of Southeastern’s five runs came in the bottom of the third. With two outs, E. Hall singled on a ground ball to right field. M. Fortenberry’s line drive sent Hall to second. S. Carpenter then tripled on a line drive to center scoring both Hall and Fortenberry. Carpenter got home on E. Hamilton’s line drive to right field. The Lady Mustangs’ final run of the inning was scored by Hamilton who reached home on S. Miller’s line drive to center. R. Ruple scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on Hall’s line drive to center field.

Southeastern finished the game with six hits. Hall had two while Carpenter, Hamilton, Miller, and A. Davis finished with one each. Carpenter collected two RBIs; Hall, Hamilton, and Miller each had one RBI. Ruple, Hall, Fortenberry, Carpenter, and Hamilton each scored one of Southeastern’s five runs.

The Lady Hornets were led at the plate by Adams and Watkins. They each had three hits and two RBIs. Savanna Neely and Hancock collected two hits apiece with Neely scoring three times and Hancock scoring twice with two RBIs. Alana Calvert, Miranda Freeman, and Adams finished the scoring with one run each.

Hannah Payne was the winning pitcher going seven innings allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out six. M. Jones got the start for Southeastern. She gave up five runs on five hits through three and a third innings. Hamilton closed the game out giving up five more runs on six hits.

Locust Fork opens the Blount County Varsity Softball tournament against Susan Moore at 1 p.m. today. Oneonta v Susan Moore, W 12-2; W 15-3

In last week’s double header, the Lady Redskins outscored the Lady Bulldogs 27-5. In game one, Oneonta scored 12 runs with only three hits. Susan Moore also had three hits, but scored just two. The Lady Redskins scored 11 runs in the first inning and one in the third. Susan Moore scored one in the first and one in the third.

Kadence Standridge got one of the Bulldog runs and Karleigh Allison got the other run. Standridge, Alexis Molina, and Ava Elrod got Susan Moore’s three hits while Sara Robinson collected the team’s only RBI.

Gracyn Clifton, Emma Jo Devaney, and Harper Simmons got Oneonta’s three hits. Ashtyn Sligh and Kylie Wilson each scored twice. The other eight runs were scored by Aaliyah Byrd, Madison Gargus, Devaney, Kylee Smith, Simmons, Payten Burns, Mattie Jackson, and Zoe Clowdus. Wilson, Clifton, and Simmons each had one RBI while Devaney had two.

Clifton got the start. In two innings, she allowed just one run on two hits. Leah Watkins pitched the final three giving up one run on one hit. Chloe Smith and Molina pitched for the Lady Bulldogs. Smith gave up 10 runs on zero hits. The other two runs were charged to Molina who gave up three hits.

In game two, Oneonta racked up nine hits in their 15-3 victory. The Lady Bulldogs scored three in the bottom of the first for the lead, but the Lady Redskins scored five in the top of the second. They added six more in the third with the final four runs coming in the fourth.

Allison singled on a ground ball to left field giving the Lady Bulldogs a spark in the first inning. She reached second on Robinson’s grounder. Molina cleared the bases with a shot to left field.

Oneonta had two home runs in the game. Byrd had a two-run homer on a fly ball to center in the third inning while Devaney homered on a line drive to left field in the third. Devaney and Jackson led the Redskins at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Byrd, Clifton, Smith, Simmons, and Burns each had one hit. Byrd and Burns each finished with three RBIs. Simmons and Jackson scored three runs apiece while Devaney, Smith, and Burns each scored two. Byrd, Clifton, and Desalee Frederick each added a run as well.

Molina led the Bulldogs at the plate with one hit, three RBIs, and one run. Allison, England, and Kimberly Aguirre had Susan Moore’s other three hits with Allison and Robinson scoring the other two Bulldog runs.

Sligh got the win for Oneonta giving up three runs on four hits through five innings. Robinson took the loss surrendering 15 runs on nine hits through five innings. Oneonta @ Holly Pond, L 3-4

The Lady Redskins came up one run short last Thursday at Holly Pond falling to the Lady Broncos 3-4. Wilson’s line drive to right field drove in Byrd for Oneonta’s first run; she scored the second run on a steal at home. Oneonta tied the game up at 3-3 in the top of the sixth when Jackson hit a line drive to right field scoring Simmons. But the Broncos scored one more run in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.

Burns led Oneonta at the plate with two hits. Sligh, Wilson, Gargus, Devaney, and Jackson each had one hit. Wilson and Jackson had one RBI apiece with Byrd, Wilson, and Simmons each scoring a run.

Sligh took the loss giving up four runs on five hits while striking out five in six innings. Oneonta v Clay Chalkville, W 9-7

On Saturday, Oneonta found themselves down 3-7 heading into the bottom of the fourth. They scored six runs to secure the 9-7 victory.

Wilson led off the game for the Redskins with a walk, advanced to third on Sligh’s bunt to second, and scored on an error. Sligh later scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the second, Simmons led off with a walk followed by Jackson’s walk after she was hit by a pitch. Zoe Clowdus was brought in as a courtesy runner for Simmons. She scored Oneonta’s one run of the inning on a wild pitch.

With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the fourth, Wilson hit a line-drive single to center sending Burns home. Wilson stole second and third and Sligh walked. Devaney hit a hard grounder to center to score Wilson. Sligh scored on an error by the center fielder to get Oneonta within one run. Fredrick was sent in as a courtesy runner for Devaney. She scored on Clifton’s hit to left field to tie the game 7-7. Gargus went in as a courtesy runner for Clifton before Smith and Simmons walked to load the bases. With Jackson at the plate, Gargus scored on a passed ball. Jackson singled on a hard ground ball to center field sending Smith home for the final run of the game.

Wilson, Sligh, Devaney, Clifton, and Jackson each had one hit with Wilson, Devaney, Clifton and Jackson also knocking in one each. Wilson and Sligh each scored twice while Smith, Burns, Clowdus, Frederick, and Gargus scored once.

Clifton got the win. In four innings, she allowed seven runs on six hits striking out five. Oneonta v Jacksonville, L 5-7

Despite outhitting Jacksonville 8-to-4 Saturday, the Redskins fell 5-7. Jacksonville took the lead in the second inning scoring five runs. Oneonta finally got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, Jacksonville added another run while the Redskins put three more on the board cutting the deficit to two. Another Redskin run in the sixth made it a one-run game, but Jacksonville scored one more in the seventh to hold on for the win.

Wilson led the Redskins at the plate with three hits, one RBI, and one run. Devaney and Clifton each had two hits with Devaney posting one RBI and Clifton two RBIs. Sligh got the other Redskin hit along with one of the Redskin runs. Jackson, Fredrick, and Clowdus scored the remaining Redskin runs.

Sligh went seven innings in the pitcher’s circle giving up seven runs on four hits.

Oneonta travels to Etowah next Tuesday for a region match up with the Blue Devils. J.B. Pennington v Susan Moore, W 14-4

The Tigers scored five in the first inning setting the stage for their 14-4 win over Susan Moore. Lessie Allison’s homer and Amber Hall’s double in the first inning got the Tigers going in the first. Pennington added a run in the second and third innings, three in the fourth, and four in the fifth.

Susan Moore got the game’s first run when Standridge reached home plate on a passed ball. The Bulldogs added three runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Allison singled on a line drive to left field and Robinson walked. A hard grounder off the bat of Molina loaded the bases while Smith’s grounder scored Allison. Robinson and Molina then scored on a passed ball.

Allison and Molina both finished the game with one run on two hits. Jazmine England had Susan Moore’s other hit. Standridge and Robinson scored the Bulldogs’ other two runs.

Katie Abbott, Allison, and Jais Peek led the Tigers at the plate with three hits followed by Montana Martinez and Amber Hall with two hits each. Katie Abbott, Autumn Sansing, and Savana Delgado each finished the game with one hit. Hall had the team’s most RBIs with three. Wood, Allison, and Sansing had two RBIs each while Abbott, Martinez, Peek, and Delgado had one. Allison’s three runs were the most by a Tiger. Abbott, Wood, Sansing, Peek, and Delgado all scored twice with Martinez scoring once.

Delgado got the win for Pennington. She allowed four runs on five hits through five innings. Robinson took the loss giving up 14 runs on 16 hits.

Pennington v Brindlee Mountain, L
9-10

Despite scoring nine runs on 19 hits, the Tigers fell to Brindlee Mountain by one run last Friday. After seven innings the game was tied 8-8. Neither team scored in the first extra inning, but the Lions scored twice in the top of the ninth to take the lead. The Tigers could add only one run in the bottom half of the inning falling 9-10.

Allison finished the game with four hits to lead the Tigers at the plate. She doubled in the first, singled in the fifth and seventh, and doubled again in the eighth. She collected two RBIs and scored two runs. Sansing also had four hits and two runs with one RBI. Katie Chambers finished with three hits and one RBI. Lola Wood had a couple of hits and scored three times while Baily Dingler had two hits with one RBI. Peek, Martinez, Maggie Adams, and Hall had one hit apiece with Peek and Raegan Blackwood scoring the other two Tiger runs. Delgado and Adams each had one RBI.

Pennington used three pitchers Friday. Martinez started the game allowing five runs on nine hits through four innings. Delgado pitched two innings surrendering two runs on four hits. Adams closed out the game going three innings giving up the final three runs on five hits. Southeastern v West End, W 7-6

The Mustangs came away with a big region win Monday night as they topped the West End Patriots 7-6. Both teams scored two runs in the first, but the Patriots went ahead 6-2 with four runs in the fourth. The Mustangs got within two runs scoring twice in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth inning scoring three runs.

Mary Hall led the Mustangs at the plate with three hits and one run. Maddi Fortenberry and Sydni Carpenter had two hits each with Fortenberry scoring two runs and Carpenter posting two RBIs. Riley Ruple, Sara Miller, and Alyssa Miller had Southeastern’s remaining three hits. Ruple added a couple of RBIs while Haley Wadsworth had one RBI. Lexi Rogers scored two of Southeastern’s runs with the remaining two runs scored by A. Davis and Ruple.

Michaela Jones started in the circle for Southeastern, but pitched only a third of an inning. She gave up two runs on one hit. S. Miller pitched six and two-thirds innings to finish the game for the Mustangs. She allowed four runs on seven hits and got the region win for Southeastern.