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Austin plays close but drops 3 of 4 in tournament

From Staff Reports

Austin High’s softball team played four tight games Friday and Saturday in the Auburn Spring Invitational, and all four were decided in the last inning.

Unfortunately for the Lady Black Bears, they dropped three of the four, which came against good competition.

After that road trip, Austin (2-11) has a homestand this week with games against Sparkman on Tuesday at 7 p.m., against Huntsville on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and against Decatur on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Wetumpka 11, Austin 7: The two teams were tied 4-4 after five inning before Wetumpka broke out in the sixth.

Melissa Thompson went 2-for-3 with three runs, three RBIs, a single and a home run for Austin. Ali Barnette was 2-for-3 with two singles.

Daphne 5, Austin 3: Bryonna Jackson gave the Lady Black Bears a lift in an eight-inning game by going 3-for-4 with a run and three singles.

Rebecca Stephenson added two singles and a run. Barnette doubled and singled, and Thompson had two singles.

Austin 7, Central-Phenix City 6: Stephenson scored the winning run in the seventh on a hit by Thompson.

Stephenson and Thompson each finished with two singles. Elizabeth Gillespie pitched seven innings to start the game for Austin, while Emily Payne picked up the pitching win by working an inning in relief.

Sparkman 8, Austin 3: The Lady Black Bears led the defending Class 6A state champions 3-2 after five innings before the game came undone in the sixth and final frame.

Barnette had two singles and a run for Austin, while Kelsey Jeffreys added two singles.

Head coach Butch Wright complimented Payne for pitching well in the first five innings and limiting Sparkman to only a couple of runs to that point.

Baseball

West Morgan 12, Danville 2: Daniel Korpi had a big game at the plate and on the mound in the Rebels’ victory.

Korpi pitched all six innings for the victory, striking out eight and allowing six hits. At bat, he was 3-for-4. Tyler Jones was 2-for-3, and Seth Wallace and Anthony Atemon each went 2-for-4.

For Danville, Parker Hogan was 2-for-3 with a triple and a single.

West Morgan 9, East Lawrence 6: After beating Danville, West Morgan made it 2-for-2 with a win over the Eagles.

Atemon pitched a complete game for the win. He worked seven innings, struck out six and gave up eight hits.

Seth Wallace paced the Rebels (7-4) at the plate by going 3-for-5 with three doubles. Korpi and Atemon each went 2-for-4.

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