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John Carroll puts Brewer boys out of soccer playoffs

From Staff Reports

Brewer High’s historic 2007 season came to a close Saturday night with a 3-0 loss to unbeaten John Carroll in the Class 5A state boys soccer playoffs.

Earlier in the week, Brewer recorded the first postseason victory in the program’s history when the Patriots beat Decatur.

Saturday’s loss closed Brewer’s season at 16-4-1.

John Carroll (24-0-1) opened the scoring when a ball hit off a Brewer player and landed in the net. The Cavaliers increased the lead to 2-0 before halftime when Alex Kuklinski scored.

In the second half, Chase Zanaty added a third goal for John Carroll.

Brewer goalkeeper Sawyer McLemore kept the Cavaliers’ offense at bay for much of the day and recorded 13 saves.

Athens girls 1, Southside-Gadsden 0: After beginning the season getting outscored 23-1 in three losses, Athens moved into the semifinals.

Athens has outscored its opposition 4-0 in two playoff games.

Softball
Class 4A, Area 14

After getting six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ardmore High beat East Limestone 6-3 in the Class 4A, Area 14 softball finals Saturday.

The two teams met twice earlier in the double-elimination tournament with Ardmore winning the first game 2-1 and East Limestone taking the second 3-2.

The two teams were scoreless until East Limestone took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Carly Rhodes tripled and scored on a groundout by Cassandra McKinney.

After Ardmore’s big inning, East Limestone scored twice in the top of the seventh when singles plated Bess Rhodes and Staci Johnson, but the rally fell short.

Winning pitcher Casey Steadman struck out eight, walked two and gave up three hits in seven innings.

Morgan Franks pitched six innings for East, striking out four, walking two and giving up four hits and three runs. Kayla Sneed pitched one inning, striking out one and giving up five hits and three runs.

In the first round of sub-state action Tuesday, Ardmore will host North Jackson, and East Limestone will travel to Cherokee County.

East Limestone 3, Ardmore 2: The Lady Indians scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning when Carly Rhodes came home on a single from Chelsea Turner.

Sneed was the winning pitcher after working the final six innings, allowing four hits and striking out three.

East Limestone got one run each in the top of the first. Jyssica Pepper lead off with a single and later scored on a infield grounder by Carly Rhodes. The Lady Indians added another run in the top of the third when Morgan Franks scored on another infield grounder by Rhodes.

Ardmore scored once each in the bottom of the third and the bottom of the fourth.

Steadman pitched for Ardmore, giving up five hits, striking out 11 and walking two in eight innings.

East Limestone 3, Madison County 0: Sneed pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out five, walking one and giving up only two hits.

McKinney helped pace East Limestone at the plate with a double and two RBIs.

Carly Rhodes had two singles. Sneed added a double, and Pepper had a single and an RBI.

Ardmore 2, East Limestone 1: Casey Steadman had pitched a perfect game entering the bottom of the seventh.

Pepper lead off with a single, moved to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a dropped third strike.

Carly Rhodes then drove in Pepper with a single. Rhodes was left stranded at third when Steadman struck out the final two batters.

East Limestone’s Sneed pitched seven innings, striking out five, walking one and giving up eight hits.

East Limestone 4, Madison County 2: In an opening round game, Carly Rhodes went 2-for-3 with a single, a double and two runs.

McKinney added a double, one RBI and one run. Turner went 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI.

Sneed got the win after pitching seven innings, striking out five, walking two and allowing five hits.

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