Baseball/softball roundups

Published 4:48 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spencer Graham and the Spain Park Jaguars split a pair of games with Hoover on March 15 as the Jags moved to 12-9. (File)

Spencer Graham and the Spain Park Jaguars split a pair of games with Hoover on March 15 as the Jags moved to 12-9. (File)

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Editor

March 14

Briarwood avenges loss to Ramsay

On Feb. 17, in the second game of the year for Briarwood, the Lions lost to Ramsay in the Jay D. Kynerd tournament by a final of 11-7. On Monday, Briarwood avenged that loss at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, as the Lions beat the Rams 13-1. Jake Morris, Sam Strickland, Luis Fuentes, Carter Bankston, Cole Steadman and Trey Mitchell each had two hits in the game for Briarwood as the Lions moved to 13-3.

Hope beats Evangel by one

The Eagles from Hope Christian used a five-run fourth inning to jump out to a 6-3 lead over Evangel in the ACSC showdown on Monday, and held on for an 8-7 win when Benjamin Clark grounded out to first base and Chris Richardson scored from third in the bottom of the seventh. Seven pitchers were used on the day between the two teams.

Kingwood jumps on South Montgomery Academy

The Lions from Kingwood Christian scored 13 runs in six innings as they beat South Montgomery Academy 13-3 on Monday afternoon. Buddy Kittrell went 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI to lead Kingwood on the day while Garrett Landry and Alec Calhoun combined to throw six innings for Kingwood and gave up just one hit.

Thompson girls fall to Springville

Springville plated eight runs in the second inning against Thompson as the Lady Warriors fell 11-0 to Springville in five innings. Macie Crumpton, Bailey Whitfield and Madison Plunkett combined to throw five innings for Thompson in the losing effort.


March 15

Chelsea, Pelham split series

The Panthers picked up just their second win of the season on Tuesday night when they beat Chelsea on the road in nine innings in the first game of a doubleheader. Griffin Rivers scored via a sac fly from Kasey Clark in the top of the ninth to give Pelham a 7-6 lead, and the Panthers held on in the bottom of the ninth to get the win. In the second game of the night Chelsea scored a run in the first and fifth innings, which was enough to get the win as Joel Cheatwood pitched a complete, scoreless game for the Hornets.

Shelby County baseball picks up first win

After losing their first 13 games of the season, the Shelby County Wildcats scored nearly as many runs in one game as they had all season when they beat Talladega 21-6 in five innings on Tuesday night. The Wildcats did most of their damage thanks to a host of Talladega errors, but Joseph Pennington led the way for Shelby County with a 2-for-2 day from the plate to go along with three RBIs.

Spain Park, Hoover split series

Spain Park went into the bottom of the seventh inning of the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader all square with crosstown rival Hoover, 2-2 before Tucker Hagood scored from third base off a ball hit to second base by Justin McClure to give the Jaguars the 3-2 win in the first game of the night. Will Battersby threw a complete seven innings in the first game for Spain Park, giving up two runs on six hits. The Jaguars got a taste of their own medicine in the second game however, as the two went into the seventh inning square at 5-5 before Hoover put two runs across the board in the seventh to win 7-5, and Spain Park moved to 12-9.

Thompson, Vestavia split series, moves to 10-10

In the first of two games between the Warriors and Rebels on Tuesday night, Thompson fell to Vestavia in excruciating fashion, 4-3 in a 12-inning affair. Thompson scored two runs in the third inning while Vestavia scored a run in the fourth and sixth innings to tie the game and force extras. Thompson finally scored a run in the top of the 12th, but Vestavia plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to get the win. In the second game of the doubleheader JC Goolsby threw seven scoreless innings for Thompson as the Warriors beat Vestavia 5-0 to move to 10-10 on the season.

Calera softball falls to Helena

The Lady Huskies scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump on top of Calera early on Tuesday, and although Calera crawled back to tie the game at 5-5 in the third inning, Helena pushed a run across the plate in the fifth and sixth innings to get the 7-5 win.

Chelsea softball outlasts Oxford in extras

After nine, yes nine, scoreless innings on Tuesday night, the Lady Hornets finally squeezed a run across the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Oxford 1-0 and move to 13-3. Sarah Cespedes pitched the entire 10 innings for Chelsea, throwing 129 pitches and only giving up four hits while she struck out eight and walked none. Mallory Heisler doubled to center field in the bottom of the 10th and later scored when McKenzie Bryant singled to left and Heisler scored from second to win the game.

Cornerstone baseball wins ninth in a row

The Chargers of Cornerstone beat Chambers Academy twice by scores of 14-9 and 20-2 to pick up two key area wins. Noah Davis went 4-for-4 from the plate in the second game while Will LaFollette with 3-for-3 with six RBIs in the second game to lead the Chargers.

Lady Eagles beat Hoover by a run

Abby Jones pitched a complete, seven-inning game on Tuesday night against the Lady Bucs, throwing 97 pitches, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out six as Oak Mountain beat Hoover by a 3-2 final. The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the first inning before adding a security run in the sixth to secure the win. Ashlee Sanders, O’Neil Roberson and Jenna Galloway each had two hits apiece for Oak Mountain as the Lady Eagles moved to 11-5 on the year.

Pelham softball falls to Moody

The three-run seventh inning from the Lady Panthers wasn’t quite enough to close the five-run gap Pelham faced entering the last inning of Pelham’s game with Moody on Tuesday night, and the Lady Panthers fell by a final of 6-4 to move to 3-10-2 on the season. Kaylyn Tomlinson went 3-for-3 from the plate to lead Pelham in the losing effort.

Spain Park softball beats Vestavia

Kate Campbell threw six scoreless innings against Vestavia Hills on Tuesday before giving up two runs in the top of the seventh. Annabelle Wildra then relieved Campbell, and closed out the last 0.1 innings to give Spain Park a 5-2 win, which allowed the Lady Spartans to move to 13-6 on the season.

Lady Warriors fend off Leeds

After Leeds crawled out of a 3-0 hole in the fifth inning to tie Thompson at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Warriors finally plated another run in the 10th inning when Ayanna Gamble scored from first off a Bailey Whitfield single to pull ahead of Leeds, and held on in the bottom of the inning for the 4-3 win to move to 13-8.