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Decatur softball splits in tourney

From Staff Reports

Decatur Highís girls softball team split two games in the Huntsville High tournament on Saturday, taking the first game 1-0 over Austin and dropping the second in extra innings 5-4 to Bob Jones.

Decatur 1, Austin 0: Mollie Russell struck out six, walked one and gave up two hits to get the mound win for the Lady Red Raiders.

Amanda Tidwell drove in Jennifer Lawrence with the gameís lone run with a one-out single in the fourth inning. Lawrence opened the inning with a single and went to third on a double by Lindsey Hawkins setting up Tidwellís heroics.

For Austin, Ali Barnette and Kelsey Jeffreys each had a single.

Bob Jones 5, Decatur 4: Jelisa Thompson and Tidwell each slapped two singles for the Lady Red Raiders (2-2). Scarlett Wright, Meg Whitten, Lawrence, Hawkins and Russell each added singles for Decatur.

The Lady Red Raiders play at Hartselle High on Monday. First pitch is 6 p.m.

Hartselle 6, Scottsboro 0: Audrey McClanahan pitched a shutout for Hartselle in the Sparkman preseason tournament.

Sara Long was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer. Catie Keel was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI triple. McClanahan was 1-for-2 with an RBI double.

Hartselle 12, Sylvania 1: Kayla Orr, a UAB signee, was 3-for-3 with eight RBIs for the Lady Tigers. She slugged two three-run homers and a two-RBI double. Mary Curtis was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.

Sparkman 4, Hartselle 3: Orr was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer, and teammate Kristy Peavahouse was 2-for-3 with a run.

Ider 4, Hartselle 0: Curtis provided the highlight for Hartselle by striking out 10 in four innings of work on the pitching mound. She allowed only two hits.


Austin boys 1, Mountain Brook 1: In a rematch of the Southern Shootout a week earlier that Austin won with penalty kicks, the two teams tied at Mountain Brook.

Austin (7-1-1) scored on a direct kick from Connor Bryan to Davis Darwin. Andrew Lowman played in goal for the fifth-ranked Black Bears and limited No. 9 Mountain Brook to only a goal.

Austin will play at Bob Jones on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will visit Decatur on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

John Carroll girls 1, Decatur 0: The Lady Red Raiders dominated possession and held an 18-to-3 shot advantage over the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A, but failed to find the net.

Decatur lost 1-0 when John Carroll was awarded a penalty kick in the first game of the Lakeshore Shootout soccer tournament at John Carroll High School in Birmingham on Friday.

Decaur girls 1, Hoover 1: In its second game of the tournament, Decatur tied the 12th-ranked team in 6A.

Meg Adams scored Decaturís lone goal.

Decatur girls 2, Huntsville 2: In its final game Saturday, Decatur tied Huntsville, which is ranked second in 6A. Jennifer Neill and Sarah Beth Henderson each scored a goal for the Lady Red Raiders.

Adams, an all-tournament selection, provided an assist on Neillís goal.


Lawrence County 15 Winston County 0: Wes Holley struck out struck out 11 while throwing a four-inning no-hitter Friday at Alexander Park. Holley also slapped an RBI single and scored three runs.

Coty Way had two doubles, a single and four RBIs for the Red Devils (4-0).

Thomas Glenn added two singles, an RBI and run scored and Logan Terry had two hits and two runs scored. Lawrence Countyís Paul King had a single, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Athens Bible 15-5, Tanner 3-3: Joseph Baker and Jordan Pugh were the winning pitchers in Athens Bibleís first two games of the year Saturday.

In game one, Baker struck out eight and gave up no earned runs. He added two doubles at the plate in the first game and two doubles and a single in the second game. Conner Brown, who had six stolen bases on the day, had a single and double in the opener.

Pugh, who struck out three in the second game, collected two singles in the first game.

Will Stinnett had a single and double in the opener and a triple in the second contest. A.J. Price slapped two singles in the first game and a double in game two.

Tannerís George Adams had a single and double for Tanner in game two.

Athens Bible will play at Columbia at John Hunt Park in Huntsville on Tuesday. First pitch is 4:30 p.m.

East Lawrence 7, Wilson 1: Blake Terry worked four innings and got the pitching win for East Lawrence (3-0).

He allowed four hits and struck out four.

Russ Stephenson had a double, a single and two RBIs for the winners, while Hunter Rivers added two singles and three RBIs.

Priceville 2, Madison County 0: In the championship of the Butler preseason tournament, the Bulldogs got a sterling pitching performance from Gene Blankenship and Lance Hughes.

Blankenship worked the first six innings to get the win. He struck out five. Hughes got the save after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

Matt Croft, Rand Hutchison and Aaron Sawyer each had a single for Priceville.

Athens 3, East Limestone 1: Collin McMurry pitched six innings to get the victory. He struck out eight and allowed three hits.

At the plate, Athensí Tyler Dorning and Leon Graves each had a double, while Brad Reasonover and Keith Chronister each had a single.

Hartselle 7, Etowah 5: Quinn Dunlap was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI for the Tigers, while Jake Bradford was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tony Weaver was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Ryder Brasher was 2-for-4 with a run. Caleb Murphy was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Josh Aycox was 1-for-1 with an RBI.

J.C. Bates got the pitching win after working 4 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Brasher got the save.

Gadsden City 11, Hartselle 10: The Tigers scored 10 runs on four hits. Will Chappell led the way, going 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Murphy and Weaver each went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Bradford was 1-for-4 with a run.

Boys basketball

Cornerstone Christian of Decatur fell to Beth Haven Christian of Crossville 70-69 in the finals of the Alabama Christian Education Association Division II championship basketball game in Oxford on Saturday.

Leading the way for Cornerstone were Brett Stowe with 27 points and Jason Clark, who amassed 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Matt Pettit added a dozen points for Cornerstone (16-7). Pettit and Clark were named to the all-tournament team. Ben Roberts finished with five points, and Mark Pettit contributed three.

Tyler Floyd had 24 points to pace Beth Havenís championship run.

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