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Lowman's save rescues Austin

From Staff Reports

Andrew Lowman came up with a big save in the penalty kick shootout, and No. 5 Austin stayed undefeated by slipping past Albertville 3-2.

The Black Bears are 7-0.

All five Austin players — Connor Bryan, Jake Mendenhall, Davis Darwin, Tomo Matsuo, and Pascual Alonso — converted their PK's.

Yet, while Lowman was the hero during the shootout, he wouldn't have had a chance if not for Tyler Westendorf, whose two goals brought back the Black Bears from a 2-0 deficit. His game-tying goal came with only a minute remaining.

Now Austin gets a shot at No. 1 Grissom in a Thursday evening match at 6:30 p.m. at Austin.

Prep basketball

Cornerstone Christian boys 51, Madison Baptist Academy 48: Cornerstone closed out its regular season 15-6 and will head into the Alabama Christian Education Association's postseason tournament as the top seed in the North bracket. They'll get under way on Friday in Oxford.

Brett Towe led Cornerstone with 20 points, while Jason Clark helped the cause with nine rebounds to go along with seven points.

Cornerstone led only 29-28 at halftime.

Prep Baseball

Lawrence County 7 West Point 3: A day after Lawrence County swept a double-header, the Red Devils improved to 3-0 riding the arm of Chase Pucket, who went four innings, allowing no hits while striking out seven.

Grant Peebles closed the game, getting the save. Scott Steale went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs. Wes Holley went 1 for 2, driving in a run.

Lawrence County scored the go ahead run in the fifth inning when Steale drove in Holley, who had been hit by a pitch. Lawerence County scored three more runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Lawrence County 5, 8 Colbert Heights 3, 4: Wes Holley tossed four innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight and giving up no hits in the opener, but he didn't get the win. Coty Way relieved Holley, throwing the final two innings.

Radney Wallace (1-3) had a double and an RBI; Way went 1 for 3, adding an RBI single; and Holley and Paul King both added singles.

In the the second game, Cole Whalen pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win, striking out five, giving up two earned runs, and scattered eight hits.

Way went 3 for 4 to lead the Red Devils. He had a double and triple, and drove in two runs while scoring one of his own. Wallace had an RBI and scored two runs, Jim Hultman had a double, Scott Steele knocked in two runs, Wes Holley and Russ Lang had RBI singles, and Logan Terry (1-2), Grant Peebles (1-3), and Whalen (1-2) all added singles.

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