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Hartselle, Decatur pick up spring break wins

From Staff Reports

Hartselle High picked up an 8-4 win over Gadsden City in the opening round Monday of the stout Buccaneer Classic in Hoover.

Hartselle (13-7) trailed 4-0 in the third inning before mounting a comeback.

Jake Bradford capped the rally by blasting a solo home run in the fourth inning that tied it at 4. In the fifth, Josh Aycox scored the go-ahead run on a single by Ryder Brasher.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo got the win, striking out four and allowing only two hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Hartselle’s Luke Bole was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Aycox scored three runs, reaching base on two walks and getting hit by a pitch.

Decatur 10, Walker 1: Decatur controlled the game from the start in the Mountain Brook tournament.

William Sartain got the win on the mound for Decatur (7-9), allowing two hits and striking out three in seven innings.

At the plate for the Red Raiders, John Frost went 3-for 4. Graham Spencer was 2-for-2, while Will Dennis and Clint Dunlap each went 2-for-3. Spencer and Dennis delivered two RBIs apiece.

Hoover 20, Austin 6: Facing the No. 1-ranked team in Class 6A, Austin (6-11) fell in the Buccaneer Classic.

Drew Sanders and Laken Laughmiller each slugged three-run homers to account for the Black Bears’ runs.

Ben Bullard was 1-for-1 with two runs.

For Hoover, Tommy Sikora was 4-for-4 with six RBIs, and Jared Norman was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

West Morgan 10, Dora 5: Playing in the Dora spring break tournament, the Rebels beat the host to open the day.

Anthony Atemon pitched a complete game for the win and struck out 13.

At the plate, Josh McAbee, Brent Lee and Tyler Jones each went 2-for-4. Michael Clem went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run.

West Morgan 5, Pell City 2, 10 innings: With the game tied 2-2 in the 10th inning of another Dora tournament game, the Rebels broke out with three runs.

Atemon walked, and Lee reached when a pitch hit him. Jones singled home Atemon, advancing Lee to third base. On a double steal, Jones took second base, and Lee scored. Jones eventually scored on a passed ball.

For the game, Jones finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Daniel Korpi pitched nine innings for the win. Lee closed out the win with one inning of relief.

West Morgan (12-5) will play two more tournament games Tuesday against Falkville at 11:30 a.m. and Corner at 4 p.m.

Athens Bible 8, Aucilla Christian Academy 1: Ryan Morring pitched a two-hitter for the Trojans’ win in Monticello, Fla.

Morring struck out five, walked one and allowed no earned runs in the victory.

At the plate for Athens Bible (12-2), Jordan Pugh had a pair of doubles, and Will Stinnett had a double and a single with three RBIs.

Connor Brown and Joseph Baker added two singles apiece for the Trojans.

Hatton 12, Vina 0: Will Nichols led off the game with a home run, and Chris Hutto followed with a three-run homer that helped Hatton to a 9-0 lead in the first inning.

Also for Hatton (10-9), Matthew Dudley doubled.

Colton Parker (1-2) got the win on the mound for the Hornets, striking out four in three innings pitched.

Colbert Heights 10, Lawrence County 7: Thomas Glenn led the Red Devils (12-4) by going 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

Wes Holley went 2-for-4 with a double. Josh Gaines was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Matthew Pugh was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Coty Way and Britt White each went 2-for-4.

Will Inman had single and an RBI, and Radney Wallace added a single.

Lawrence County pounded out 16 hits, but the Red Devils’ defense allowed nine walks and made four errors.

The Red Devils will play again Friday against East Lawrence in the Lawrence County baseball tournament.


Lawrence County 5, Speake 0: The Lady Red Devils cruised through their first pair of games in the Lawrence County tournament at Mount Hope, upping their record to 14-6.

Kaylyn Smith picked up the pitching win against Speake, striking out six in working a complete game.

Lawrence County’s Summer Wilkerson, Whitney Hood and Kassie Terry each went 2-for-3.

Speake’s hits came from Sarah Bolan, who had a double and a single, and Revia Brown, who singled.

Lawrence County 22, R.A. Hubbard 1: Lawrence County racked up 17 hits in the win.

Ashley Pitt pitched a complete game, striking out eight. Pitt also had two doubles and a single at the plate, while teammates Wilkerson and Whitney Hood doubled twice each.

The Lady Red Devils’ Amber Dutton had three singles, and Lindsey Kerby added a pair of singles.

East Limestone 7, West Morgan 3: Lauren Seibert went five innings for West Morgan on the mound. The Lady Rebels fell in tournament pool play in Gulf Shores despite Seibert allowing just two hits and striking out five.

West Morgan 1, Oxford 0: An RBI single by Lauryn Kilgo drove in Seibert for the only run of the contest.

Seibert also picked up the win on the mound, going six innings and striking out seven. Mikaila Etheredge went 2-for-2 for the Lady Rebels.

West Morgan 6, Spain Park 0: Seibert got the win in the shutout, allowing two hits in five innings and striking out three.

Hayden Hamby tripled and added a single and an RBI for West Morgan (14-6).

Sara Hulvey also had an RBI single for the Lady Rebels.


Golden Eagle Classic: On the first day of play in the two-day event at Canebrake Country Club, Decatur is in fifth place and Athens is in sixth.

The field includes 17 teams from across the state. Auburn led first-day play with a 294. Briarwood Christian is second at 301, and Northridge is third at 308.

Decatur is sitting at 311, led by Andrew Lowry’s 73. He is followed by teammates Braxton Rainey (78), Bill Nabors (80) and Stuart Morehead (80).

Athens shot a 315. Joe Higginbotham and Brian Chandler each shot a 75 for the Golden Eagles, followed by Craig Whitt (78) and Will Morrow (87).

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