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Austin gets double play, victory

From Staff Reports

Austin used a game-ending double play with the bases loaded to squeak by Grissom 6-5 on Friday.

Russ Sandlin picked up the win, going 1 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two hits while walking up one. Matt Kilgro (three innings) and Jake Morgan (2 2/3 innings) also pitched for the Black Bears (2-1).

Austin fell behind 1-0 in the second, but answered with five runs in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead. Grissom came back with three runs in the bottom of the third, then tacked on another one in the sixth to tie the game. Austin picked up the game-winning run in the top of the seventh when Alex McCay drove in a baserunner with a ground out.

Ty Chancelor went 2-for-4 with four RBIs on a grand slam in the third, and Jake McCay went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

The Black Bears play at Madison Academy on Saturday at 4:30.

On Thursday, Austin fell to Buckhorn 8-5. Bobby Foster picked up the loss after pitching four innings. Chancelor, Trey Richard and Jud Stephenson each went 2-for-3, with Stephenson picking up two RBIs. Ben Bullard went 1-for-1 with two RBIs.

Hartselle 9, 8, Grissom 4, 6: Hartselle swept the Tigers on Thursday, winning easily in the first game while using two runs in the final ending in game two to earn the win.

In the first game, Austin broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning after trailing 3-0 early. Will Rankin picked up the win, going three innings and giving up three hits and three runs.

For Hartselle, Josh Aycox went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, Jake Bradford 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, and Will Chappell went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

Sophomore Chad Girodo earned the save after pitching the final four innings, giving up one run on one hit.

In the second game, the Hartselle scored five runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead, then gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning as Grissom tied the game at 6. But Hartselle scored two runs in the top of the seventh and held Grissom scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to take the win.

Ryder Brasher took the win for Hartselle, going two inning while giving up one hits and striking out two.

Josh Aycox led Hartselle, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Ethan Widener went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Tony Weaver went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Tyler Young went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

East Lawrence 17, Lauderdale County 6: Josh Aldridge collected three hits and five RBIs to pace East Lawrence in an easy win. Hunter Rivers went five innings, giving up seven hits while striking out six and walking four to pick up the win for the Eagles (2-0).

Also for East Lawrence, Tyler Boy had three hits while Russ Stephenson and Christian Lawless each had two.

East Lawrence will play Wilson on Saturday.


Cornerstone Christian 88, Flint Hill Christian 74: Cornerstone (16-6) moved into the state Alabama Christian Education Association finals with the win. Jason Clark's double-double paced Cornerstone, which led by only six at halftime. Clark finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds, Ben Roberts added 26 points, Matt Pettit had 14, and Brett Stowe had 11.

Cornerstone will face Beth Haven at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the championship.


Huntsville 1, Decatur 0: Mollie Russell pitched a complete-game one-hitter, but picked up the loss despite striking out six and walking one. Liz Pressley picked up a single for Decatur.

Decatur 3, Buckhorn 2: The Lady Red Raiders came back from the earlier loss to Huntsville, coming from behind to take the win. Russell went four innings and still recorded the win after giving up one hit while striking out eight. Pressley and Amanda Tidwell each singled, and Russell had an RBI double. Jennifer Lawrence scored Abi Lott with a sacrifice squeeze in the fourth inning for the game-winning run.

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