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Decatur High's Georgia Gamble, right, stops a pass from Bob Jones' Julie DiCarlo in high school soccer action at Decatur High on Friday. Bob Jones won 2-0.
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Decatur High's Georgia Gamble, right, stops a pass from Bob Jones' Julie DiCarlo in high school soccer action at Decatur High on Friday. Bob Jones won 2-0.

Austin thumps E. Lawrence
Black Bears also win in
softball, soccer, tennis

From Staff Reports

Austin High scored five times in the top of the first inning and sailed to a 9-2 win at East Lawrence on Friday.

Austin added a run in the second, a run in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 9-0 lead. East Lawrence scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh.

Russ Sandlin paced the offense for Austin (14-15), going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Laken Laughmiller hammered a two-run homer, and Ben Bullard was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Drew Sanders was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

For East Lawrence, Russ Stephenson had a double.

Bartlett (Tenn.) 3, Hartselle 1: Hartselle led 1-0 until Bartlett scored three times in the sixth inning.

Quinn Dunlap was 1-for-3 with a stolen base for the Tigers, while Jake Bradford was 1-for-2. Will Rankin pitched for Hartselle and worked all seven innings, striking out three.

Hartselle 5, Pleasant Grove 1: The Tigers broke out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning.

Dunlap was 3-for-4 with a stolen base. Tony Weaver was 1-for-3, and Caleb Murphy was 2-for-2. Tyler Young was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Murphy scored twice, and Dunlap and Weaver each scored once. Dunlap and Weaver each had a stolen base.

Hartselle (19-14) will face Barlett (Tenn.) and Grissom at Cullman on Saturday.

Tanner 9, Decatur Heritage 8: George Adams paced Tanner with three singles, while Clay McMeans, Keith Shoulders, Chip Greenhaw each had two. Cliff Bunch and Corey Ham each had one.

For Decatur Heritage, Bo Godwin had a pair of singles and two RBIs, while Luke Adams and Chris Oliver each had two singles.

Drew Atchley, Trent McLemore and David Stephenson each had a single.

Decatur Heritage will host West Morgan at noon Saturday.


Austin 6, Delta (Ohio) 5: With two outs in the sixth inning, the Lady Black Bears pushed across three runs to win in the Bob Jones Invitational.

Singles by Melissa Thompson and Rebecca Stephenson and Sarah Corn getting hit by a pitch set up Ali Barnette's three-run double for the winning margin.

Barnette also added a single in the game. Stephenson had two singles and two runs. Lauren Lindsey singled twice.

Thompson added two runs. Bryonna Jackson also singled in the win.

Kristen Hill got the win, working two innings in relief.

Austin 3, Loretto, Tenn. 1: Corn knocked in two runs in the first inning with a triple, and Lindsey sent her home with a single for the Lady Black Bears' only runs of the game.

Hill got the pitching win, and Elizabeth Gillespie got the save.

Lindsey also had a double in the victory. Stephenson added two singles and Kelsey Jeffreys also singled.

Austin (11-23) will play at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Huntsville Sportsplex.

East Limestone 5, Priceville 0: The Lady Indians (17-7) pounded out seven hits, and winning pitcher Kayla Sneed worked all seven innings and struck out eight.

At the plate, Chelsea Turner and Morgan Franks each had a single and a double for East Limestone. Turner added an RBI.

Jyssica Pepper had two singles, and Carly Rhodes added a double and an RBI. Cassandra McKinney and Danielle Holder each had a single.

East Limestone will host West Morgan on Monday.


Austin boys 4, Sparkman 0: Ranked second in Class 6A, the Black Bears shut out Sparkman for the second time in 10 days.

Tomo Matsuo, Micah Rodriguez, William Harris and Carlos Hernandez each had a goal for Austin (14-5-1).

Andrew Lowman recorded the shutout in goal for the Black Bears.

Bob Jones girls 2, Decatur 0: The Lady Red Raiders, ranked third in 5A, and 6A No. 7 Bob Jones played a scoreless game until the Lady Patriots punch through for two goals in the final 10 minutes at Ogle Stadium.

Taking advantage of the stiff wind at their back in the first half, Bob Jones (9-4-4) was able to take a 7-1 shots-on-goal advantage into halftime.

Unfortunately for the Lady Patriots, Decatur's defenders didn't allow them to put any of those seven shots in the back of the net.

The Lady Raiders (6-6-3) were missing several of the starting defenders, but forwards Jennifer Neill, Anna Curl, and Meg Adams swapped their usual attacking roles for the back line and with the help of Kim Collis, Ellie Cole and goalkeeper Shannon Laughlin proved to be equal to the task.

After the scoreless first half Decatur swapped ends of the field and turned the tables on the Lady Patriots, out-shooting them 8-1 over the next 30 minutes. Every time it appeared that Decatur would take the lead, the Bob Jones goalkeeper, Mollie Russell, made saves on point-blank shots.

With 10 minutes left, Decatur cleared a ball over their end-line which provided Bob Jones with a corner kick.

Dusty Goodman used the swirling wind to her advantage and bent a perfect in-swinging "banana" kick just inside the near post to give the Lady Patriots the first goal of the game.

In the last minute of the game, Decatur pressed forward to get the equalizer and Lady Patriots forward Victoria Henderson picked up a pass inside the 6-yard box and slid a shot just pass Laughlin for a goal to ice the victory.

"I felt we did a lot of good things in the game that we had worked on in practice," Decatur coach Mike Pline said. "If you were at the game you know that the final score was not indicative of the game. Bob Jones is a very good team, and overall, it was a good performance for our girls that should prepare them well for the state playoffs in May."


Austin boys 8, Sparkman 1: Two days after beating Buckhorn, Austin (5-4) scored a win over Sparkman.

The Black Bears' Alex Worley beat Cory Singleton 10-0 at No. 1 singles, and Kyle Smith scored a 10-0 win over James Huston at No. 2.

Austin also got wins from Kyle Justice (No. 4), Stephen Gustin (No. 5) and Weston Brown (No. 6). Worley and Smith won at No. 1 doubles, while Taylor Collins and Brown won at No. 2, and Justice and Ben Ward won at No. 3.

Austin girls 9, Sparkman 0: The Lady Black Bears (4-7) won all nine matches over their second straight opponent, having shut out Buckhorn earlier in the week.

Meleana McCutcheon helped pace Austin by winning 10-1 over Korie Wisdom at No. 1 singles. Elizabeth Cargile beat Heather Gargis 10-1 at No. 2. McCutcheon and Cargile combined for a 10-1 win over Wisdom and Gargis at No. 1 doubles.

Austin also got singles wins from Katrina Wujtewicz (No. 3), Lindsay Smith (No. 4), Jena Ward (No. 5) and Rachel King (No. 6). Ward and Wujtewicz won at No. 2 doubles, and King and Taylor Baird won at No. 3.

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