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Austin enters baseball postseason on a winning note

From Staff Reports

Austin High closed out its regular season with a 16-5 baseball win over Lee-Huntsville on Saturday.

The Black Bears (20-21) pounded out 19 hits as they tuned up for the Class 6A state playoffs. Austin will play at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the opening round Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Against Lee, Austinís Jake McCay went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a three-run homer and five RBIs. Russ Sandlin was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles.

Zach Thomas was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Ty Chancelor was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Laken Laughmiller and Matthew Tittle each went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Trey Richard was 2-for-5.

Pelham 12-2, Austin 11-1: In a doubleheader that ended late Friday night, Pelham swept two from Austin.

In the opening game, Laughmiller went 3-for-4 with a home run, and Chancelor was 3-for-5 with a double. Richard also was 3-for-5 with a double, and Sandlin was 2-for-3 with a double.

McCay helped pace Austin in the second game by going 2-for-2 with a double, while Laughmiller drove in the only run for the Bears with a sacrifice fly.

Richard pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs, only one of which was earned. He struck out five.

Tanner 5-2, Athens Bibles 4-0: Tanner used an eighth-inning solo homer to win the first game, then held on in the second to end its season at 17-15.

While Tannerís season is over, Athens Bible hosts Valley Head in the 1A playoffs Tuesday.

After the Rattlers tied it at 4 in the sixth, Chip Greenhaw blasted a home run two innings later, then shut down Athens Bible in the bottom of the eighth to pick up the win.

At the plate, Greenhaw scattered four runs and four hits and struck out 13. He also led the Rattlers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with the home run and three RBIs. Also for Tanner, David Adams went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, and Keith Shoulders was 2-for-3 with two singles and one run scored.

The nightcap came much easier for Tanner. Clay McMeans shut down Athens Bible, giving up one hit while striking out four in seven innings. He scored both Tanner runs, and Shoulders picked up two RBIs. McMeans went 1-for-3 with a double. Cliff Burch was 1-for-1 with a triple and a walk, and Shoulders finished 2-for-3.

Hatton 12, Haleyville 6: Hatton (25-18) dropped its final game before beginning the 2A playoffs.

In Saturdayís game, Chris Hutto went 2-for-3 and knocked out his 10th homer of the season. Matthew Dudley had a single and a sacrifice fly for the Hornets, which also got RBI singles from Caleb Hatton, Chase Martin and Darren Hand.

Hatton 10, Central-Florence 7: Hand picked up the win, and Conner Pierce recorded a save for Hatton in the Hornetsí first game Saturday.

At the plate for Hatton, Nathan Berryman was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Tevin Terrell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Caleb Hatton was 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Softball

Randolph Tournament: Speake was a perfect 3-0 in the tournament, winning a game Friday night before taking two Saturday. The Lady Bobcats beat Randolph 5-3 to begin the day Saturday, then won the tourney with a 9-0 victory over Altamont.

In Saturdayís first game, Kylie Black pitched Speake (26-10) to the win, going seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out seven. At the plate, Revia Brown had a homer and a single. Whitney Sparks added two singles, and Black had a triple.

In the win over Altamont, Sarah Bolan pitched Speake to the win, giving up three hits in seven innings. She struck out four, and also had two singles at the plate. Also for Speake, Malea Hensley had a single. Black had a triple, and Brown had a single and a triple.

Golf

Dominos/Pepsi Classic: Playing at Decatur Country Club, Decaturís boys won with a 307.

Decaturís Andrew Lowry shot 73 to lead his team, followed by Braxton Rainey (77), Stuart Morehead (78) and Bill Nabors (79). Madison Terry (75) paced Austin, while Craig Whitt (75) led Athens.

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