Spring sports off and running


Susan Moore’s Emily Sanchez battles a Pelham player during the Bulldogs’ Friday Lakeshore Shootout game. -Ginger Perkins

Susan Moore’s Emily Sanchez battles a Pelham player during the Bulldogs’ Friday Lakeshore Shootout game. -Ginger Perkins

The earlier-than-expected warm weather has been great for spring sports – even though the warm weather has brought a lot of rain with it, as well.

Soccer

The Susan Moore boys soccer team started the season ranked No. 4 in 1A- 3A and the Bulldogs have started the year off strong. Last week, Susan Moore (2-3-1) hammered soccer newcomer Holly Pond 13-0 but then fell 4-2 to old nemesis Altamont in an Area 5 contest. The Altamont loss is big because only the top two teams in each area qualify for the playoffs.

Claire Perkins (14) attempts to take the ball from McAdory players Saturday during the Lakeshore Shootout. -Ginger Perkins

Claire Perkins (14) attempts to take the ball from McAdory players Saturday during the Lakeshore Shootout. -Ginger Perkins

The Susan Moore girls (1-3-1) were very good last week – beating Holly Pond 12-1 – and also very bad – losing 11-1 to visiting Altamont. In the Lakeshore Shootout, Susan Moore lost to 7A Pelham (8-0) and 7A Tuscaloosa County (7-3) and tied 6A McAdory (2-2).

Oneonta’s boys improved to 2-1-1 last week with a pair of wins – 2-0 over St. Bernard and 6-0 over J.B. Pennington.

The Lady Redskins are now 1-0-2 after beating Crossville 3-1 and tying J.B. Pennington 4-4 in regular season play. In an exhibition weekend in Fort Payne, the Redskins beat Cherokee County 5-0, Collinsville 4-0, and Oxford 2-0. During the Lakeshore Shootout, they lost to Mortimer Jordan 1-0, and tied Leeds 2-2 and Shades Valley 0-0.

Oneonta hosted Susan Moore last night in both boys and girls matches.

The J.B. Pennington boys are 1-1 on the year with the loss to Oneonta and a 7-2 hammering of Tarrant.

The Lady Tigers are 0-0-1 with the tie with Oneonta. Both Pennington teams were scheduled to host Fultondale last night.

Softball

1A Appalachian opened the season last week with an impressive showing in a tournament at Ohatchee. The Lady Eagles went 3-1 with wins over 3A Ohatchee (9-5), 4A Saks (3-1) and 4A Ashville (5-0) and a loss to Ohatchee (11-9).

1A Southeastern is 2-2 on the young season with wins over West End (6-4) and Heritage Christian (15-1) and losses to Susan Moore (10-4) and Gaylesville (9-5).

2A Cleveland opened the season with a 12-1 blasting of 3A Vinemont last week.

3A Locust Fork is scheduled to open play this week.

3A J.B. Pennington lost 10-7 to Oneonta Monday in a game that came down to the final swings for both teams.

3A Susan Moore is 1-1 so far with a 2-1 loss at 5A Douglas and a 10-4 win at 1A Southeastern.

4A Oneonta is 1-0 after the win over J.B. Pennington.

5A Hayden is expected to have another strong team and John Simmons’s Lady Wildcats opened the season with a 5-3 victory over Corner Monday.

Baseball

Appalachian has gotten off to a good start as the Eagles are 3-1 with wins over 3A Brindlee Mtn. (4-1) and 3A Susan Moore (3-1, 7-2) sandwiched around an 16-0 loss to 4A Ashville.

Southeastern opened the season Saturday at home and clubbed 3A Fultondale 12-2.

Cleveland has really hit the ground running as Mike Johnson’s Panthers have already played six games on the season. Cleveland sits at 2-4 with wins over 1A Sumiton Christian (8-7) and 2A Cold Springs (9-6) with losses to 3A Hanceville (14-8), Cold Springs (12-0), 3A Weaver (16-4) and 3A Pleasant Valley (15-4).

Locust Fork is 1-2 on the year. The Hornets have beaten 4A Ashville (8-0) with losses to 6A Pinson Valley (10-0) and 3A Oakman (10-5).

J.B. Pennington opened the season with a 13-0 loss to 5A Guntersville but since then the Tigers have won three straight – 17-2 over 3A New Hope, 15-2 over 2A West End and 12-9 over 3A Hanceville.

Susan Moore is 0-3 so far with the losses to Appalachian (3-1, 7-2) and another to West End (14-4).

Oneonta is 0-2 on the year after opening the season Saturday losing both games of a doubleheader to visiting 5A Boaz (9-7, 11-8).

Hayden is 1-1 on the season with a loss at 6A Hueytown (8-4) and a win at home against 5A Springville (5-2).