Red Devils claim softball title
Hatton wears county crown in baseball
From Staff Reports
Sallie Beth Burch’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Summer Wilkerson from third as Lawrence County beat Speake 2-1 in eight innings to claim the county softball tournament crown.
Playing at Mount Hope, neither team scored through seven innings, which put the international tie-breaking rule went into effect. Speake, the visiting team, took the lead in the eighth inning on a Paige Atkins single to center field. The Lady Bobcats loaded the bases with no outs but failed to score again, hitting into three infield outs.
According to the tie-breaker rules, Lawrence County’s Ragan Fleming started the bottom of the inning on second base. Shae Lane bunted her to third before Wilkerson’s infield single plated her. Wilkerson took third on an error before walking home on Burch’s flyout.
Nicole Jackson’s two singles led the Lady Red Devils at the plate. Kassie Terry, Whitney Hood, Wilkerson and Burch each had a single.
Sophomore Kaylyn Smith tossed a complete game for the win. She surrendered three hits and a walk while striking out four.
Speake got one single each from Bridgett Fulks, Malea Hensley and Atkins.
Kylie Black pitched all eight innings for Speake (12-7) and struck out two.
Lawrence County (17-6) next plays at Fairview High at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Speake 7, East Lawrence 2: The Lady Bobcats advanced to the tournament finals as Whitney Sparks each had a single, a double and an RBI. Hensley contributed two singles.
Black pitched all seven innings and struck out four.
Speake 9, Mount Hope 4: Black and Sarah Bolan combined for a no-hitter. Each pitched four innings.
Atkins contributed a single, a double and two RBIs to the win, while Hensley had two singles and two RBIs. Revia Brown had a pair of singles and an RBI.
Hatton 7, Lawrence County 4: Will Nichols went 3-for-3 with a double as Hatton (13-9) won the Lawrence County tournament at Speake.
Chase Martin was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Matthew Dudley was 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBIs. Tevin Terrell was 2-for-3 and drove in a run.
Lawrence County had 11 hits with Josh Gaines going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Matthew Pugh went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Britt White was 2-for-3. Wes Holley homered, his sixth of the year, and Will Inman, Coty Way, Thomas Glenn and Logan Terry each had a single.
Caleb Hatton (1-0) got the win, while Darren Hand closed out the victory for the save.
Covenant Christian 5-2, Decatur Heritage 1-14: After falling in the opener of the doubleheader 5-1, Decatur Heritage poured on the gas in the second game to win 14-2.
In the first game, Bo Godwin and Chase Wright each had two singles. Chris Oliver pitched for the Eagles and struck out four.
Godwin added four singles in the second game, while Wright, Brent Denson, Oliver and Stephenson each added two singles. Drew Atchley and Sam Hurt each had a single.
Luke Adams got the pitching win.
Decatur Heritage will play again Saturday at J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville.
Clements 5, Athens 2: Clements scored three times in the seventh to break a tie and edge Athens.
With the two teams tied 2-2, Jeremy Craig slugged a solo home run. Jesse Cobb followed later in the inning with a two-run blast.
Clements pitcher Matthew Moore got the win.
For Athens, Tyler Dorning, Keith Chronister, Clay McDonald and Colin McMurry each had a single.
Athens 10, Ardmore 9: Athens led 10-4 going into the seventh inning before allowing Ardmore to close the gap. The Tigers scored five times off three different pitchers before Athens snuffed the rally.
Todd Pepper had three singles for Athens, while Keith Chronister added a single and a solo home run. Drew Hill added three singles, and McMurry, McDonald, Zack Brock and Kyle Chronister each had a single.
West Morgan boys 7, Covenant Christian 0: Five different players scored at least one goal as the Rebels improved to 3-4, including 3-0 in Class 1A-4A, Section 5.
Brent Barnes and Jared Spooner each had two goals, while Jeremy Williams, Jorge Torreblanca and Ivan Uriostegui each had one. Gray Baxter contributed two assists, and Mike Phillips recorded the shutout in goal.
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