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Lawrence County High shortstop Paul King sets to gun down an East Lawrence High runner at first in the Lawrence County baseball tournament at Speake on Friday night. Lawrence County won 6-2 and will play Hatton at Speake for the county championship.
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Lawrence County High shortstop Paul King sets to gun down an East Lawrence High runner at first in the Lawrence County baseball tournament at Speake on Friday night. Lawrence County won 6-2 and will play Hatton at Speake for the county championship.

Priceville’s fun
in the sun

Bulldogs grab 4 victories in Florida

From Staff Reports

The Priceville High baseball team enjoyed a great spring break.

Take a trip to Orlando, Fla., for some fun in the sun, check out the sights and play a few games in between visits to the theme parks.

The end result for the Bulldogs was four more games in the win column and memories to last a lifetime.

Playing in the Disney Spring Training Tournament this week, the Bulldogs (19-3) whipped teams from Tennessee, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Priceville 7, Wilson-Central (Tenn.) 2: Will Stevens struck out seven batters in seven innings for the win. Rand Hutchison, Aaron Sawyer and Jeremy Hale each collected two singles for the Bulldogs.

Priceville 16, St. Thomas Moore (Ill.) 5: Gene Blankenship got the win while striking out five in five innings of work. Dustin Chambers had two singles and three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.

Kyle Vunnell added two singles and two RBIs. Eli Allen was 3-for-4 on the day, and Matt Croft was 2-for-2 with a double.

Priceville 5, Nobles (Mass.) 3: Lance Hughes was the dominator for Priceville, pitching seven innings for the win and going 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Heath Parker was 2-for-3 and Chambers 2-for-4 in the win.

Priceville 13, Shady Side (Pa.) 3: Chambers racked up six strikeouts in four innings to notch the win. He also was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Logan Manthey added to the offensive support with a double and two RBIs.

Priceville will host East Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

More baseball

Lawrence County 6, East Lawrence 2: The Red Devils (13-3) advanced to the county championship game with the win. They'll play Hatton at Speake on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Josh Gaines paced the win by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Radney Wallace hit a solo home run. Will Inman added a single.

Matthew Pugh was the winning pitcher, throwing five shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing one hit.

For East Lawrence, Russ Stephenson and Jared Grimes each had a single.

West Limestone 1, Athens 0: Colton Hill paced the Wildcats over the No. 8-ranked team in Class 5A by pitching a one-hit shutout. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight.

For Athens (14-4), Colin McMurry struck out 10 and allowed three hits. He gave up one unearned run. Tyler Dorning's single accounted for the Golden Eagle's hitting.

Athens will face Clements at 1 p.m. Saturday and Ardmore at
4 p.m. Both games are at

Tanner 12, Decatur Heritage 11: The Rattlers got two doubles, a home run and three RBIs from Cliff Bunch. Blake Montgomery added three singles, and George Adams, Chip Greenhaw, Clay McMeans and Corey Ham each had two.

For Decatur Heritage, Drew Atchley had a home run, a single and three RBIs. Bo Godwin, Brent Denson, Luke Adams and Chase Wright each had two singles.

The Eagles will play at Covenant Christian on Saturday.

Haleyville 2, West Morgan 1: The Rebels fell when Haleyville scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Seth Wallace finished 2-for-3 for West Morgan (14-6), while Josh McAbee was 1-for-4 with a double and a run.


Danville 10, Hatton 5: A pair of Danville players had three hits apiece in a softball victory.

Bethany Evans was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single and an RBI, while Mallory George was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and three RBIs.

Kristen Thompson was 2-for-4 with a triple. Kristen Sparkman delivered an RBI double, and Kassie Cowart had an RBI single. Sarah Terry tripled and drove home two runs, and Kirby Wallace rounded out the hitting with an RBI single.

Thompson was the winning pitcher, working seven innings and striking out five.

Springville 6, East Limestone 2: Danielle Holder had a triple and an RBI for East Limestone in the Nike Gulf Coast Classic, which also has been called the Gulf Shores Invitational.

McKenzie Crabtree had a single and an RBI, while Bess Rhodes added a triple. Morgan Franks, Carly Rhodes, Cassandra McKinney and Chelsea Turner each had a single.

Morgan Franks pitched five innings for East Limestone and struck out one.

East Limestone 8, Oxford 2: Franks pitched a complete game for the winners, working six innings, striking out six and allowing five hits.

Jyssica Pepper had a double, a single and an RBI. Franks contributed two singles and an RBI. McKinney pitched in a single and two RBIs. Carly Rhodes, Bess Rhodes and Holder each had a single and an RBI. Kayla Sneed added a single.

East Limestone 10, McEwen (Tenn.) 4: Sneed went 3-for-3 with two singles, a home run and three RBIs for East Limestone, while pitching three innings and striking out three.

Pepper added two singles, and Franks and Turner each had a double and an RBI. Lacee Doucette added a single and two RBIs, and McKinney and Bess Rhodes each contributed a single and an RBI.

Sparkman 5, East Limestone 1: Turner had two singles for East Limestone, while Franks and Carly Rhodes each had a single. Franks added an RBI.

Franks pitched six innings and struck out two.

East Limestone 3, New Hope 2: Franks pitched three innings, didn't allow a hit and struck out four.

Sneed followed and pitched the final four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.

Pepper had a single and a triple, while Sneed added a single, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Carly Rhodes and McKinney each had two singles. Turner added a double, and Franks had a single and an RBI.

Vestavia Hills 3, East Limestone 1: Turner had two singles, while Holder had a single an RBI. Franks worked five innings on the mound and struck out five.

East Limestone will face West Limestone at home Monday.

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