grabs state spot
From Staff Reports
Austin High's baseball team clinched a spot in the Class 6A state playoffs by splitting a doubleheader with Sparkman on Tuesday.
Austin locked up the runner-up spot in Area 16 with a 9-0 win in the first game. Head coach Jake Miles substituted plenty in the second game, which the Black Bears lost 7-4.
In the opener, Ben Bullard pitched all seven innings and allowed two hits. He struck out two.
At the plate, Bullard was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Drew Sanders was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Laken Laughmiller was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. Zach Thomas drove in two runs with sacrifices.
In the second game, Ty Chancelor was 1-for-3 for Austin (18-17), and Jake McCay was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Laughmiller was 2-for-2 with a single and a double.
Decatur 5-10, Muscle Shoals 6-0: Decatur took the second game as Joe Lothspeich pitched all five innings, striking out five and allowing four hits.
Hunter Smith was 2-for-3 with two doubles. J.T. Boyd was 2-for-3, and Pete Brown was 2-for-2. John Frost, William Sartain, Drei Marthaler, Will Dennis, Graham Spencer and Michael Schuster each had a single.
In the opening game, Alex Gist was 2-for-4 with a double, while Frost was 3-for-4 with a double. Sartain was 2-for-3 with a double. Dennis, Spencer and Pete Brown each had a single for the Red Raiders (11-19).
Lawrence County 6, East Lawrence 5: Lawrence County (20-7, 5-1) won the 4A, Area 15 championship. Radney Wallace led the Red Devils with a home run, a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Wes Holley slugged a two-run homer, and Thomas Glenn was 2-for-3 with one run.
Winning pitcher Matthew Pugh worked a complete game and struck out four.
Danville 6-10, Vinemont 2-6: The Hawks took two games to clinch the 3A, Area 11 championship.
In the first game, Dakota Wilson had a single, a double and two stolen bases for Danville, while Brayan Rogers added a double and two RBIs. Jake Mahathy singled twice, and Randy Thomason doubled and drove in a run.
In the second game, Cody Taylor singled, tripled and scored twice. Wilson singled twice and drove in a run. Zac Ward doubled and had two sacrifice flies. Mahathy singled and scored twice, and Young walked three times and stole two bases. Rogers scored two runs.
Roger Smith got the win in the first game, while Jacob Young earned the save. Parker Hogan got the win in the second, with Wilson and Young working in relief.
Priceville 15, Fairview 4: Jeremy Hale paced the winning Bulldogs (28-6) by going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a home run and five RBIs. Rand Hutchison was 2-for-4 with a double, a grand slam and five more RBIs.
Winning pitcher Dustin Chambers worked four innings and struck out one.
Hatton 13-3, West Morgan 3-15: Every Hatton starter had a hit in the first game as the Hornets clinched the 2A, Area 15 title.
Chris Hutto was 2-for-2 with a solo homer in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the fifth.
Matthew Dudley, also the winning pitcher, was 3-for-3 with three singles, while Anthony Parker was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Chase Martin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
For West Morgan, Michael Clem had a double.
In the second game, West Morgan's Josh McAbee and Seth Wallace each had two singles, and Cory Asher had two doubles.
For Hatton, Will Nichols and Nathan Berryman each went 2-for-3.
Athens Bible 16, Hazlewood 0: A.J. Price's arm and bat subdued the Golden Bears. Price struck out six in five innings and surrendered three hits. Meanwhile, at the plate, Price had three singles and one RBI to lead the 12-hit parade for the Trojans (18-6, 2-0 in 1A, Area 15).
Troy Steelman was Athens Bible's big stick for the game with a triple and two singles, good for two RBIs.
Will Stinnett and Will Chumbley each had a pair of singles for the winners.
Contributing a single each were Jonathan Winland, Logan McWhirter, Caleb Hodges, Joseph Baker and Ryan Morring.
Muscle Shoals 1, Decatur 0: The Lady Red Raiders' Mollie Russell pitched a gem by working all seven innings, striking out seven and giving up three hits.
Jennifer Lawrence doubled and singled for Decatur (29-13), while Lindsey Hawkins had a double, and Russell had a single. Muscle Shoals and Decatur both are 4-1 in Class 5A, Area 16, which ties them for the lead.
Lawrence County 1, East Lawrence 0: Whitney Hood's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning scored Morgan Smith to lift Lawrence County.
Ashley Pitt singled twice for the winners, while Summer Wilkerson, Sallie Beth Burch, Ragan Fleming, Shea Lane and Smith each had one single. For East Lawrence, Tiffany Terry had a single and a double, and Jayda Terry had one single.
Kaylyn Smith pitched six innings and Wilkerson one for Lawrence County, while Tiffany Terry worked five innings for East Lawrence and Kristen Alexander two.
West Morgan 3, Danville 1: Rachel Harbin singled, doubled and drove in a run for West Morgan (22-9), while Lauryn Kilgo doubled and had an RBI.
Bethany Evans had two singles and Nicole Linderman had one single for Danville.
Winning pitcher Lauren Seibert struck out 10 and allowed two hits in seven innings.
Athens Bible 12, Decatur Heritage 0: Emily Irwin ripped a three-run double in the third inning for Athens Bible (29-2), while Kirsten McClure delivered a three-run homer in the sixth.
Abbie Melvin added a double and a single, and Haley Chittam had two singles. Melvin and Haley Sandberg each pitched three scoreless innings for ABS.
Priceville 6-7, Fairview 1-5: The Lady Bulldogs (19-15) swept a pair of wins. In the first game, Deleasa Henderson and Danielle Richard each had two singles, while Summer Boyd and Caitlin Williams each had a double.
In the second game, Henderson had a triple, a home run and two RBIs. Richard had a double, and Meaghan Bond and Henderson each scored twice.
Bond got the pitching win in both games after allowing only five hits in 14 innings.
Speake 2, Hatton 1: Whitney Sparks knocked in Revia Brown with a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lady Bobcats the win.
Hatton had tied the game at 1 in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Brandi Reed.
Sparks also added a double earlier in the game. Malea Hensley and Paige Atkins had a double and single each for Speake (22-10).
Winning pitcher Kylie Black went the distance, allowed four hits and struck out five.
Curry boys 144, Decatur 158, Austin 166: Playing at Decatur Country Club, Austin's Madison Terry shot 37, followed by teammates Dan Stephenson (41), Caleb Ford (42) and Trevor Johnson (46).
For Decatur, Bill Nabors and Stuart Morehead each shot 38. Andrew Lowry and Parker McAnnally each shot 41.
Decatur girls 156, Austin 160: The Lady Black Bears' Sloan Davis shot 43 to pace the day. For Decatur, Whitney Johnson shot 44, and Rachael Dishman was at 46.
Hatton boys 201, R.A. Hubbard 216: In a dual match at Valley Landing Golf Course, Hatton's Blake Hall fired 45, and teammate Jordan Jaggers posted 47. For R.A. Hubbard, Ramsee Miller shot 46, and teammate Devans Orr had a 54.
Huntsville boys 6, Austin 3: Austin's lone singles wins came from Alex Worley at No. 1 singles and Kyle Smith at No. 2. Worley and Smith combined for a win at No. 1 doubles.
Worley beat Clayton Simmons 6-2, 3-6, 10-6, while Smith beat Nathan Roberts 6-1, 6-4. Smith and Worley beat Roberts and Connor Roth 6-0, 6-7, 10-6.
Huntsville girls 8, Austin 1: The Lady Black Bears avoided a shut out when No. 1 singles player Meleana McCutcheon beat Kelsi Coots 6-0, 6-0.
Bob Jones boys 4, Austin 3: Bob Jones scored with fewer than two minutes to play to slip ahead of Austin (14-6-1) and take the driver's seat for one of the two playoff spots that Class 6A, Area 8 gets. Grissom likely will secure the other slot.
After falling behind 1-0, Austin's Micah Rodriquez tied it at 1.
Then Connor Bryan gave Austin a 2-1 lead, scoring on a free kick from 50 yards out.
Bob Jones tied the game, then Austin regained it, this time when Tomo Matsuo headed in another Bryan free kick. Bob Jones the finished the scoring.
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