Spring has sprung?

Allie Higginbotham goes 1-for-2 against Hayden last week. -Mark Higginbotham | Facebook

Allie Higginbotham goes 1-for-2 against Hayden last week. -Mark Higginbotham | Facebook

Although spring has yet to show itself, spring sports are in full swing.


Appalachian kept their game against Locust Fork last week within reach until the fifth inning when the Hornets’ Jackson Ragland singled and scored two runs. Locust Fork maintained control and won 10-7. Lukas Huber received the win on the mound. Huber surrendered two runs and gave up just two hits over five innings and struck out seven. Kannon Blalock and Huber had multiple hits for the Hornets. Blalock was 3 for 5 and Huber was 2 for 4.

Cleveland traveled to Holly Pond last week and came home with a 5-2 victory. Tony Zavala received the win on the mound. He allowed four hits and one run and struck out seven over three innings. Elijah Longshore threw relief to end the game for the Cleveland win. Jonahthon Chacon (2 for 3) led in hits for the Panthers.

Cleveland traveled to Appalachian the next day and took an early lead. The Eagles were unable to keep up and Cleveland won 19-5. The Panthers’ Elijah Longshore (2-for-4 with a homerun) and Jacob Self (2-for-5) led Cleveland in hits.

The Panthers winning streak was stopped by Ashville Monday. Ashville had three runs in the fifth inning and it went down hill for Cleveland after that. Cleveland seemed incapable of scoring. The Panthers only run came in the seventh inning. The game ended 5-1.

Hayden defeated Oak Grove 5-2 after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at two with Hayden batting in the bottom of the fifth when Nick Purvis doubled scoring two runs. Purvis led the Wildcats to victory driving in four runs going 2-for-2 at the plate with a sacrifice fly in the first, a home run in the fourth, and a double in the fifth. Hayden tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on Purvis’ solo homer. Hunter Higdon recorded the win for the Wildcats going five innings allowing two runs on seven hits, seven strike outs, and one walk. Cole Lofts threw two innings in relief to earn the save.

Pennington’s game against Hanceville last week came down to the last play of the game. It was tied at 11 with Hanceville at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Hanceville drew a walk and scored to win the game 12-11. The Tigers had nine hits. Noah Allison (2-for-3), Luke Cassity (2-for-5), and Jaxon Bullard (2- for-5) all contributed.

The Pennington Tigers continued their season last week with Vinemont. The Eagles took a quick nine-run lead in the first inning, but Pennington steadily caught up. However, it was too little too late and the Tigers took a 7-11 loss.

Pennington came away with a huge 11-1 victory over Locust Fork Monday. Cassity received the win on the mound. He pitched six innings and allowed only five hits and one run striking out seven. Many Tigers had hits for the night, Cade Timmerman (2-for-5, 2 RBIs), Jaxon Bullard (2-for-4, 1 RBI) and Cassity (2-for-5, 1 RBI).

Oneonta began their season with a rough 7-1 loss to Sardis last week. The Redskins gave up four runs in the first inning, but came back in the second when they scored four and only allowed one run from Sardis. However, Sardis’ five runs scored in the fourth inning sealed their victory. Daniel McCary (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) led the Redskins at the plate.

The Southeastern Mustangs began their season with new head coach Kevin Byrd with a significant 18-4 win over Fultondale. During the biggest inning for Southeastern, the Mustangs had 10 runs led by Brody Dobbins and Alex Branaman. Jacob Robertson was the winning pitcher. He went two innings, allowed one hit and one run and struck out five and walked one. Branaman and Conner Barton closed in relief and Barton recorded the last three outs to earn the save.


The Lady Eagles made a great start to their season, winning 7-5 over Collinsville. It was a tied game at three to end the sixth inning when Zoe Payne doubled on a 1-2 count to score one run. Afterwards, Ashley Whittington hit a homerun to extend Appalachian’s lead 6-3. Reilly Lancaster singled at the end of the sixth to bring in Jordan Henderson who made the seventh run. Payne went 3 for 4 to lead the Lady Eagles in hits.

The Hayden Wildcats defeated Oneonta 10-0. The Wildcats got on the board in the first inning on a wild pitch then tallied five runs in the fifth inning. A double by Allie Higginbotham in the first inning wasn’t enough to add any runs to the board. Savannah Painter led the Wildcats to victory pitching two innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, striking out four, and walking none. Miah Simmons threw three innings in relief. Mason Sligh took the loss for Oneonta allowing no hits and five runs over one inning and striking out one. Yeager went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Wildcats in hits. Higginbotham led Oneonta with one hit in two plate appearances.

The Wildcats scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Cordova 17-1. Lindsey Smith drove in six runs on two hits to seal Hayden’s victory. The Wildcats scored a total of 11 runs in the fifth led by Smith, Kaitlyn Belding, Hannah Cox, and Savannah Woodard. Isabelle Johnson got the scoring started in the first with a double driving in one run. Becca Benton had a homer in the third. Savannah Painter pitched allowing only three hits and one run over five innings, striking out three with no walks. The Wildcats tallied 15 hits with Woodard leading the way with four hits in five trips to the plate. Locust Fork’s Lady Hornets defeated Oneonta 10-1 last week. Hannah Payne faced 27 batters and gave up only two hits, struck out seven, and walked two. Savannah Neely (3-for-3) and Hailey Leagues (3-for-5) led in hits.

Hayden defeated Oak Grove 15-0 behind a dominating pitching performance by Miah Simmons and Hannah Cox. The Wildcats scored 11 in the fourth as Lindsey Smith, Brenna Hays, Kaitlyn Belding, Ansley Armstrong, Marisa Painter, and Olivia Armstrong all drove in runs. Savannah Woodard recorded her second home run of the season in the third. Cox led the Wildcats to victory going two and two-thirds innings allowing zero runs on two hits, three strike outs and no walks. The Wildcats racked up 12 hits on the day.

In a close game, Hayden outscored Helena in their opening game of the Jaguar Classic at Spain Park. Savannah Painter led the Wildcats to victory with another strong pitching performance. She lasted four innings allowing three hits, two runs, five strike outs, and no walks. Lindsey Smith hit her second home run of the season in the third. Taylor Yeager, Isabelle Johnson, Savannah Woodard, Smith, Becca Benton, and Lani Adams all recorded hits.

It was a tough evening as the Wildcats lost their first game of the season 1-8 to Sparkman. Hannah Cox took the loss for the Wildcats surrendering five runs on five hits in one inning. Lindsey Smith went two-for-two at the plate to lead the Wildcats in hits.

Susan Moore crushed area opponent Hanceville last week to begin their season. The Lady Bulldogs took an early lead and never looked back, defeating Hanceville 14-4. Susan Moore hammered out 16 hits. Abby Floyd (4-for-5), Mekenzie Standridge (3-for-5), Emma Cornelius (3-for-5), Haley Lang (2-for-4), and Jada Kent (2-for-5) led in hits for the Lady Bulldogs. Chloe Smith received the win on the mound, allowing only four hits and three runs over five innings, as well as striking out five and walking one.


Redskin boys continued their great start and won big against Springville 3-1 and Etowah 11-1. Oneonta hopes to extend their 5-0 winning record when they play at Good Hope Thursday. The Lady Redskins are 1-1 after their 0-5 loss to Springille and 4-0 win over Etowah. They also play Good Hope Thursday.

Pennington boys began their season with a tough 1-3 loss to Altamont. The Lady Tigers started their season on the right foot with a 9-1 win over Holly Pond. However, they also took a 1-9 loss to Altamont. Both host West Point Thursday.

Susan Moore boys improved their record last week after defeating Fultondale 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs took a tough 0-2 loss to Fultondale. Both teams will travel to Saint Bernard Thursday.