Updated at 8:06 am on March 17, 2018
Saint James defeated Lee in both halves of a doubleheader on Thursday. The Trojans took the first game behind a shutout tossed by Tyler Robertson who allowed on 2 hits and fanned 7 Generals. Jackson
Hammock had 2 RBIs for the Trojans. Matthew Robinson and Mitchell Madore added an RBI each. Carson Howard got the save. The Trojans took the second game 15-5 in 5 innings. Denson Clark led the Trojans with 4 RBIs. Stephen Sadie and Ryan Roche had three RBIs apiece. Brock Woodham got the win on the mound.
Saint James easily defeated Jeff Davis on Friday 10-2. Matthew Robinson was the winning pitcher and had 2 RBIs for the Trojans. Stephen Sadie and Jackson Hammock each had 2 RBIs. Saint James is now 12-3.
Macon East whipped Fort Dale Academy 6-4. Tucker Neven drove home 2 runs. Drew Baker pitched the Knights to victory. He went 5 innings, gave up one hit and struck out 7. Zack Kitchens and Chandler Weldon entered the game out of the bullpen. Zack Kitchens gets the save.
Macon East defeated Marengo Academy 10-0 in the 6 innings. Tucker Neven led the Knights to victory by driving in 4 runs. Neven drove in a run on a single and three runs on a walk off home run in the 6th inning to win the game. Parker Agnew earned the win for the Knights yielding only 4 hits over 6 innings, striking out 3 batters. The Knights had a total of 13 hits in the game. Drew Baker was 3-4, Neven 3-4, K.C. House 2-3, and Dustin Jones 2-4 all had multiple hits for Macon East.
Macon East fell behind early and could not come back in a 12-8 loss to Pike Liberal Arts. Nick Fitzgerald took the loss for Macon and surrendered 8 runs. The Knights overall record on the season 21-3.
PCA got past Catholic Thursday 3-2. Aleigha Walden 3 hits, McKenzie Norton 2, Alanna Aiken 2, Jessie Clark 2, Katherine O’Connor 2 hits. Carrie Belsterling had a RBI. Catholic scored both runs in the 7th inning when trailing 3-0.
Updated at 5:05 pm on March 14, 2018
Jackson Duke singled in Garrett Cottingham in the bottom of the 7th inning to push ACA past Jemison 7-6 and salvage a split of the spring break double header. Preston Perry started off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and Reese Solar reached on a fielding
error to send Duke to the plate. Duke hit a hard ball past the pulled in first baseman to allow the pinch-runner Cottingham to score. Jemison led 3-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning when the Eagles scored five runs to take a 6-3 lead. Austin White started the inning with a double. Ford Hilyer and Solar each followed with RBI singles. Duke led the Eagles at the plate with 3 hits. Hilyer had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Dalton Mesaris was the winning pitcher. Jemison won the first game of the double header 9-7. ACA is now 11-3.
Macon East defeated Emmanuel Christian School 15-0 in three innings. The Knights secured the victory thanks to 12 runs in the first inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Kellen Ward, KC House, JC Ceman, and Tucker Neven. And doubles from Nick Marshall and Drew Baker. Brock Taunton was the winning pitcher for Macon East. He lasted 2 inning, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out 4 and walking zero. Wes Pugh threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Ceman lead the Knights with 2 hits off of 4 AB’s. In the second game Macon East won easily again, 15-0, in 6 innings. The Knights scored 9 runs in the sixth inning. Parker Agnew, Baker,Ward, Nate Center, Pugh, Brock Taunton each had RBI’s in the big inning. House earned the win for the Knights. He went 2 and 2/3 innings, did not allow a hit on 3 hits and striking out 3. The Knights racked up 13 hits in the game. Ward (2-4), Pugh (2-4), Ceman (2-5) all collected multiple hits. The Knights improve to an overall record of 19-2
Alabama Christian Academy whipped Thorsby at home 5-0 with Ford Hilyer tossing a complete game shutout. Hilyer struck out 9 Rebel batters and only allowed 4 hits in the 7 inning contest. The Eagles scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to jump to a 2-0 lead with base hits by Hilyer and Jackson Duke. second inning Jackson Duke singled home Reese Solar, who had walked. In the 5th inning, the Eagles had 4 hits and scored 3 runs. Preston Perry and Solar each had RBI hits, with 2 outs, to push across runs for the Eagles. Duke and Perry led the Eagles with two hits each. Jackson Hibbard and Garrett Weedon also contributed with singles. ACA improves to 12-3 on the year.
Saint James participated in the Tallassee Tournament recently. The Trojans won 2 of 3 games defeating Opelika and Park Crossing, but falling to Beauregard, Tallassee, and Reeltown. In the victory over Opelika the Trojans took a 6-3 decision with Savannah Christian striking out 6 batters. Macie Wilson’s 2-run homer over the left field fence and Micala Fisanick solo blast were the offensive highlights for Saint James. Hannah Griggs, Morgan Parish, and Christian slapped singles to help pad the Saint James lead. In the final game of the tournament, Macie Wilson added another 2-run homer in a 10-0 romp over Park Crossing. Christian and K.K. Hall shared pitching duties for Saint James. Runs scored by Ellie Streeton, Mallie Taylor, and Ella Ward in the remaining innings topped the scoring effort.
Tallassee slipped past Prattville Christian 3-2. Andrew Clem led the Panthers with 1 goal scored and 1 assist as PCA falls to 3-3 on the season. Michael McCarty also scored 1 goal.
Marbury easily defeated PCA 5-1. Andrew Clem led the Panthers with 1 goal scored as they fall to 3-2 on the season. Michael McCarty added 1 assist.
Prattville Christian defeated Marbury 2-0. Jaime Drouin led the Lady Panthers with 2 goals scored as PCA improves to 2-0-1 on the season. Jenna Brooke Warlick and Kendall Holt each recorded 1 assist.
Updated at 10:44 am on March 11, 2018
After defeating Heritage 9-5 and Kingwood 13-3, Macon lost to Glenwood 6-4 in the Border Wars Tournament. Against Heritage, Drew Baker was credited with the win for the Macon East Knights. He went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on one hit and striking out 9 batters. Jalen Howard and K.C. House entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Nick Marshall, Baker, J.C. Ceman, Tucker Neven, Dawson
Strickland, Kellen Ward, and Brock Taunton all had one hit to lead The Macon East Knights. Wes Pugh led the team with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with eight stolen bases
Against Kingwood, Parker Agnew took the win only allowing 5 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings, striking out one and walking one. Macon East notched six runs in the 5th inning with Ceman, Agnew, Baker, Ward, Marshall, and Nate Center all sending runners across the plate with RBI’s in the inning. The Knights racked up 11 hits. Neven, Baker and Agnew all managed multiple hits for Macon. Baker and Neven all had three hits to lead the Knights.
In the disappointing loss to Glenwood, the Knights collected more hits than the Gators but to no avail. Nick Fitzgerald took the loss for the Knights. He allowed 3 hits and six runs over a four inning start, striking out one. Tucker Neven led the Knights with 3 hits in 3 at bats. The Knights finished the tournament going 3-1 and are 17-2 on the season.
Updated at 11:12 am on March 10, 2018
After defeating Catholic in the first game of the series in area play on Thursday, ACA used timely hitting and a masterful pitching performance by Grayson Evans to win the second game Friday, 11-6. The Eagles are off to a fast start at 10-2 and like Saint James, are 2-0 in the area.
After entering the bottom of the second trailing
1-0, ACA exploded for six runs on just two hits to take the lead. Ford Hilyer had the big hit in the inning with a duble drove a pair of runners home. The Eagles would score a single run in the fourth inning and two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. White highlighted the scoring with a triple to deep right center field that scored two Eagles. White led the Eagles with three RBIs, while Evans and Hilyer each drove in two. Preston Perry, Jackson Duke and John Thompson also had hits. Evans was in control for all five innings he pitched. He gave up only two hits while striking out 12 Knights.
“It’s always good to start off area play with three wins,” head coach Don Gilliam said. “Our team played really hard. We had good pitching from our starter this weekend. In the first game it was Hilyer and in the second game it was Evans.” In Game 3, Catholic scored six runs in the top of the first inning on five hits, two hit batters and one walk. However, the Eagles chipped away at the lead throughout the game, scoring runs in each inning, ultimately winning 10-6.
“This teams finds a way to win. The area is going to be tough. Trinity, St. James, and LAMP are very good, but we are excited about the opportunity we have and are working hard to reach our goals,” Hilyer said.
Full report in next week’s printed edition of the Montgomery Independent
Saint James took a doubleheader from LAMP Friday. The Trojans took the first game 7-5 behind Mitchell Madore’s pitched a complete game. Madore allowed only 5 hits and one earned run. Shaw Woodson was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Ryan
Roche was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Tyler Robertson was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Saint James took the second game in 5 innings Saint James 14-1. Mathew Robinson was 3 for 3 with 5 runs driven home RBIs including a 3 run home run in the top of the 2nd inning. Stephen Sadie got the win on the mound and had 3 RBIs at the plate. Josh Garnett and Carson Howard each had 2 RBIs. Saint James is now 9-3.
Alabama Christian Academy scored five runs in the third on
its way to a 7-1 victory over Handley on Friday. Rose Costanza, Natalie Faulkner, Monica Willingham, and Baylee Perkins each had RBIs in the big inning. Haley Pittman got the win for ACA. She lasted four innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out eight and walking one. ACA was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.
Lacey Spear didn’t allow a single hit as Alabama Christian Academy defeated Central Phenix City 4-2 on Friday. Spear led the Eagles with two hits in two at bats. ACA played errorless ball in the field.
A walk-off hit left Alabama Christian Academy (ACA) on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat to Prattville Christian Academy (PCA) on Saturday. The game was tied at one with PCA batting in the bottom of the seventh when Kathryn Fallen doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
The pitching was strong on both sides. PCA pitchers struck out four, while ACA sat down eight. Haley Pittman took the loss for ACA. She surrendered one run on 2 hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out 8.
ACA evened things up at one in the top of the second inning. Christa Boswell drove in one when she singled. Rose Costanza led ACA going 2-3. ACA is now 12-2.
Macon-East defeated Lee-Scott 7-3 Friday. The game was tied at three with the Knights Varsity batting in the bottom of the fifth and Kadence Ward doubled driving home a run. Caroline Capps got the win going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs while striking out 5 batters with no walks. Macon-East tallied nine hits on the day. Kayle Bell, Breann Morrison, and Madison McKee each collected multiple hits.
Macon-East snatched the lead late in the game in a 5-4 victory over Autauga on Friday. The game was tied at three with Macon-East batting in the top of the
seventh and scored on an error. The Knights got on the board in the first inning when Madison McKee singled and drove home a pair of runs. Autauga knotted the game up at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Taylor McKinney went the distance for the Knights allowing only 4 hits and 3 runs while striking out 3. Macon-East collected 9 nine hits on the day. McKinney and McKee had multiple hits.
In another game with Lee-Scott, Macon East won easily 15-0. Taylor McKinney tossed the shutout and allowed only one hit. Kayle Bell led the Knights by driving 4 runners across the plate. She went 3-for-4 at the plate including a home run. Macon-East scored 8 runs in the third inning. Emi Lott, Taylor McKinney, Bell, Madisyn Kennedy, Madison McKee, and Caroline Capps each had RBIs in the frame. Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity scattered 16 hits in the game and did not commit an error in the field.
Catholic defeated Eufaula 4-1 on Friday. Two goals from Captain Jonathan Doan and one a piece from Braxton Rogers and Judd Osten were enough to see the Knights to victory.
Updated at 8:58 pm on March 9, 2018
Saint James made quick work of LAMP on Thursday and defeated the Tigers 11-0 in 5 innings. T.R. Robertson got the win pitching all 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and retired 9 on strikes. Robertson had an RBI triple and a two run home run in the third inning. Shaw Woodson had 3
runs driven across the plate and Josh Garnett had 2 RBIs. Saint James stands at 7-3.
Trinity defeated MA 6-1 at home Thursday afternoon. Winning pitcher for the Wildcats was Tyler Britton. Leading hitters for Trinity were Camden Lovrich, 1 for 3 with one run driven in, Trace Bright notched a pair of RBIs on two hits and Nolan Sasser was 2 for 3. Trinity travels to Gulf Shores to play Spanish Fort , Sipsey Valley, Bob Jones, Baldwin County for spring break. The Wildcats are now 7-3 on the season.
ACA thumped Catholic 15-7 on Thursday with the wind swirling and gusting to 20 miles per hour making normally sure outs for ACA’s defense more challenging. The Eagles turned to the bats and hammered out 17 hits to run away from the Knights. ACA improves to 8-2 on the year and 1-0 in the area. ACA scored runs in all but the third inning in the opening area game for both teams. ACA sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs on four hits in the first inning, highlighted by a double by Ford Hilyer. Preston Perry had an RBI hit in the inning. In the fifth inning, the Eagles once again sent nine batters to the plate, scoring five runs on four hits, all with two outs. Jackson Hibbard and Hilyer each had 2 RBI singles in the big inning. Every Eagle starter had a hit on the day. John Thompson and Reese Solar had big days at the plate. Thompson had five RBI’s on a double, single, sacrifice fly and bases loaded walk. Solar was 3-3 on the day and scored two runs. Austin White, Grayson Evans, Hibbard, Perry and Hilyer all had two hits and drove in runs. Jackson Duke had a hit and scored two runs. Garrett Cottingham also had a hit and scored a run. Hilyer was the winning pitcher, throwing 4 innings and improved his record to 3-0 for the year. Dalton Mesaris threw 3 innings striking out 5, to pick up the save.
Macon East whipped Calvary Christian 9-1 in the Border Wars Tournament. The Knights pulled away for good with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. In that inning K.C. House doubled as did Brock Taunton. In the fifth inning the Knights scored 4 runs that came from singles by Tucker Neven, Nate Center and House. Macon East racked up 10 hits. Kellen Ward and Drew Baker also had multiple hits for the Knights. Neven picked up the win going 5 innings, giving up 1 run on just 2 hits, and striking out a half dozen. Macon East is now 15-1 on the season.
ACA has defeated opponents all season and things were no different Thursday afternoon as the Eagles Lacey Spear tossed a no-hitter and fanned 6 batters while facing Trinity Presbyterian. The Eagles won easily 19-0. ACA tallied 7 runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Natalie Faulkner, Jill Taggart, Haley Ingram, Monica Willingham, and Christa Boswell, a fielder’s choice by Aniya Jackson, and an error on a ball put in play by Rose Costanza. ACA collected 15 hits on the day. ACA is now 10-1.
Prattville Christian clobbered Holtville 10-0. Jaime Drouin led the Lady Panthers with 5 goals scored and 1 assist as PCA improves to 1-0-1 on the season. Jenna Brooke Warlick added 3 goals and 1 assist. Lydia Brackins had 2 assists and Kyla Genenbacher scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Kendall Holt scored 1 goal. Brooke Callicott, Peyton Cobb, and Elle Tice each added 1 assist. Rachel Stephenson and Tori DeMaio combined for the shutout.
Updated at 10:31 am on March 7, 2018
Macon-East whipped Pike Liberal Arts 6-1 after enjoying a big second inning and then added 3 runs in the fifth inning. Taylor McKinney and Kayle Bell were the big RBI producers. The Knights tallied 10 hits. Madison Mckee, Caroline Capps, and Emi Lott each had multiple hits. Capps got the start for Macon and went the distance of 7 innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out 4.
Catholic defeated ACA 5-1. Kolbe Russo led the Knights with a pair of goals while Michael Russo, Peter Garland and Daniel Reeves each scored goals. Two assists from Rocky Phillipou and three assists from Jonathan Doan had a trio of assists and Rocky Phillipou had 2 assists. The Knights received a splendid performance in goal by Thomas McLaughlin who made 10 saves.
Trinity girls defeated St. James in a very close match, 5-4. Singles winners for Trinity were Emma Beth Teel, Wallace Bryan and Madison Johnston. Doubles winners were Teel/Caroline Easterling and Corynne Vermillion/Anne Catharine Logan. Singles winners for St. James were Ana Miller, Bea Richardson and Sue Richardson. Doubles winner was Ella Shier/Sue Richardson. The Lady Wildcats are 6-2.
Updated at 4:45 on March 6, 2018
Trinity beat Brew Tech 13-3 on Monday at home to improve
its recorded to 6-3. Winning pitcher was Edward Rutland. Leading hitters for Trinity were McKay Taylor 3-4 with one run driven in. Camden Lovrich was 3-4 and sent a trio of runners across the plate. Tyler Britton went 2-2 with one 1 RBI. Trace Bright was 2-4 with a run driven in and Jackson Davis went 2- 3 with 2 runs batted in.
Macon East whipped Hooper Academy 16-3. The Knights fired up the offense in the first inning and kept moving runners across the plate. The Knights had a big inning scoring three runs in the top of the third. Later in the game, the Knights scored six runs in the fourth and the fifth. Zach Kitchens picked up the win on the mound and Wes Pugh threw in relief. Kitchens only gave up one run on two hits in three innings, striking out 4 and walking one. Macon East racked up eight hits. Kellen Ward was 2-3 and Tucker Nevens 2-4, both managed multiple hits. The Knights improve to 14-1 on the season.
Saint James was defeated by Chilton County 4-1 on Monday. Chilton County scored 4 runs in the top of the third to secure the win. The Trojans had 4 hits and T.R. Robertson had the Trojans lone RBI. Mitchell Madore was tagged with the loss. Saint James is 6-3.
Catholic participated in the Troy tournament and captured 3 of 4 games. The Knights first defeated Highland Home 17-2. Aleigha Walden smashed 4 hits and notched 2 RBI’s. McKenzie Norton was 2-2 with 3 runs driven in. Jessie Clark also drove home 4 runners and Nikki Walker had a pair of runs batted in. Winning Pitcher Carissa Gilbert with a trio of strikeouts.
The Knights then clobbered Charles Henderson 10-2. Walden, Norton, Walker, Alanna Aiken and Katherine O’Connor had 2 hits each. Norton sent a pair of runners across the plate and Aiken got the win on the mound with 2 strikeouts.
Catholic slipped past Andalusia 1-0 with Jessie Clark accounting for the only run of the game with a home run. Aiken got another win and recorded 3 strikeouts.
Lamp narrowly defeated Catholic 8-7 in the final game. Norton, Clark, Walker, Carrie Belsterling and Chloe Walden all hit safely. Chloe Walden had 2 RBIs while Walker and Norton each sent a runner home.
Macon East shut down Evangel Christian, as Caroline Capps tossed a complete game victory in the Knights 8-0 victory on Monday. Madisyn Kennedy collected four hits in four at bats to help lead Macon-East. Kennedy doubled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fifth, and tripled in the sixth. In addition to Kennedy, T.J. James, Madison Mckee and Capps powered the big inning with RBIs. Capps surrendered only three hits over seven innings, striking out four without a walk. The Knights had 15 hits in the game.
Prattville Christian shut out Heritage Christian at home 4-0. Michael McCarty led the Panthers with 2 goals scored and 1 assist. Andrew Clem also scored 2 goals as PCA improves to 3-0 on the season. Ryan Hatfield and Sasha Scully each added 1 assist.
Updated at 6:52 pm on March 4, 2018
Saint James defeated longtime rival UMS Wright 6-2 in the FCA Tournament. Tyler Robertson pitched a complete game allowing 4 hits, no earned runs and 8 strikeouts. Robertson had 3 hits and one run drive in. Shaw Woodson, Matthew Robinson and Mitchell Madore all had a run batted in
Saint James shutout Park Crossing 4-0 last week. Steven Sadie got the win going six innings allowing 4 hits and 7 strikeouts. Ryan Roche had two RBIs. Sadie and Matthew Robinson had one RBI apiece.
Thorsby defeated Saint James 5-3. Thorsby scored all 5 runs in the top of the sixth inning for the victory. Carson Howard got the loss on the mound allowing 4 hits and 5 earned runs. Mitchell Madore and Jackson Hammock had one RBI each for the Trojans.
Trinity defeated Demopolis 7-2, a victory that runs the Wildcats’ record to 4-0 in the FCA Tournament. Winning pitcher for Trinity was Trace Bright. Leading hitters for Trinity were Camden Lovrich 2 for 3 with 2 runs driven home. Chantz Henry was also 2 for 3.
Saint James traveled to Dadeville lost an error-ridden game along with a weak offensive effort by the Trojans resulting in a 10-0 loss. Macie Wilson pitched 5 innings striking out 2 and walking 3. Timarian Tinsley picked up the win for the Tigers with a pair of strike-outs while keeping the Trojans scoreless in 5 innings.
The second inning was a major disaster for the Trojans. Dadeville scored 5 runs and batted around. Dadeville added 3 runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to take the win. Morgan Parish, Ellie Streeton, Cam Greene, Bella Bright and Makenzie Corley hit safely for Saint James.
Updated at 6:55am on March 4, 2018
Macon East Academy 13, Northside Methodist 2
LOWNDESBORO – Tucker Neven threw a no-hitter, striking out seven, as the Macon East Knights defeated Northside 13-2 in a Lowndes Academy tournament game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Drew Baker went 4-for-4 and Kellen Ward went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run to give Macon East a quick 4-0 lead, part of an 11-hit attack.
Macon East Academy 13, Lakeside School 5
LOWNDESBORO – Macon East used a seven-run third inning to pull away for an easy 13-3 victory in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule in the Lowndes Academy tournament on Friday.
Brock Taunton had an RBI single and Drew Baker added a two-run single in the third.
Baker picked up the win on the mound, allowing just three runs on four hits while striking out eight.
JC Ceman, Taunton and Baker all went 2 for 3 in the 9-hit attack.
Macon East Academy 9, Fort Dale Academy 0
LOWNDESBORO — Parker Agnew scattered five hits and pitched a shutout to help Macon East defeat Fort Dale 9-0 in the Lowndes Academy baseball tournament on Friday.
Agnew ran into a little trouble in the seventh as Fort Dale loaded the bases, but Zach Kitchens came in and got a grounder for the third out to close out the game.
Macon East was effective at the plate, using six sacrifices and seven hits to pick up their nine runs. On the day, the Knights finished with 35 runs on 27 hits while allowing just five runs.
Catholic 17, Highland Home 2
Catholic scored five runs in the first inning and 10 more in the third to rout the Flying Squadron in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
Aleigha Walden had four hits to lead the Knights’ offense while Jessie Clark drove in four runs. Carissa Gilbert picked up the win in the circle.
Catholic 10, Charles Henderson 2
Catholic used an eight-run third inning to coast to victory over the Trojans on Friday. Aleigha Walden and Nikki Walker each had two hits to lead the offense while Alanna Aiken picked up the win in the circle.
Prattville Christian 10, Autaugaville 0
AUTAUGAVILLE – Andrew Clem scored five goals and added an assist and Michael McCarty had four goals and a pair of assists as Prattville Christian improved to 2-0 in area play with an easy victory on Friday.
Matt Vaughn added a goal for the Panthers (2-0). Jake Davis had two assists and Sasha Scully, Ryan Hatfield, Trent Jorgensen and Matthew Lisle all added one assist each.
Updated at 6:15am on March 3, 2018
By TIM GAYLE
Trinity 5, UMS-Wright 1
Camden Lovrich pitched five innings of one-hit ball, helping Trinity roll to a 5-1 victory over defending 4A state champion UMS-Wright in the 25th annual Jason Armstrong FCA Memorial Classic at Riverwalk Stadium on Friday afternoon.
“I’ve been excited about it ever since I heard I was going to get the start,” Lovrich said. “They’re a great team, great program, great coaching. Just all-around, everything great. It’s really exciting to be able to throw against a team like that.”
Lovrich escaped a first-inning jam after two runners reached base, but was rarely challenged after that. He left the game in the sixth inning after the first batter, John Rice, reached base on an error. Rice would later score when the Bulldogs loaded the bases on reliever Jackson Davis and Tyler Irvin was hit by a pitch to force in a run, but that was the only blemish on an otherwise masterful day by Lovrich, who also went 2 for 3 and scored a run to lead the offense.
“We started out a little slow (this season), but I believe in these guys,” Lovrich said. “We’ve got a great team, we’ve got a bond like no other.”
Lovrich scored the game’s first run on a single by Tyler Britton in the first, but Trinity (4-3) would have to wait three more innings before adding to the lead. Chantz Henry drew a two-out single and was followed by a slicing shot down the right-field line by Josh Hynniman to score Henry. UMS-Wright outfielder Mitchell Hill flipped over the wall chasing the ball into the bullpen area, allowing Hynniman to circle the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Singles by Will Aaron, Davis and McKay Taylor drove in two more runs, the last one on an error following a wild pickoff throw by the Bulldogs.
LAMP 8, Providence Christian 7
By TIM GAYLE
Russell Turner, Austin Clark and Todd Davis each drove in a pair of runs as LAMP won its final game in the Jason Armstrong FCA Memorial Classic with an 8-7 win over Providence Christian (PCA)on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium.
“We didn’t make as many errors as we had in the other losses (to Brew Tach and Opp) this week,” LAMP coach Chad Smith said. “The reason we lost the two games earlier in the week is (the opponents’ runs) were all unearned runs, whether it was a hit batter or a base on ball or just kicking it around. We didn’t make as many of those mistakes.”
LAMP starter Myles Herron lasted just 2.1 innings before giving way to reliever Logan Hines. Cole Smith flied out to center field and Lance Phung quickly threw to Todd Davis at third base for a double play to leave the game tied at 5-5.
Hines picked up the win and Trace Deloney got the save, retiring Grayson Stewart, Coleman Wright and Jon Lewis in order on nine pitches in the seventh inning.
Turner had a two-run double in the first and Phung and Austin Clark had RBI hits in the second as LAMP built a 5-0 lead. Eli Yance singled in a run in the bottom of the second and the Eagles added four more runs in the third to tie the game. Wright had a bloop single that scored two runs and Lewis followed with a two-run single to tie the game and finish the day for Herron.
Davis had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the Tigers a one-run lead, but Providence answered with a sacrifice fly of its own to score pinch runner Reid Leger in the bottom half of the inning. LAMP scored a run in each of the next two innings as Austin Meeks singled in Julian in the fifth and Phung stole second, went to third on a bad throw and scored in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Davis for a two-run lead.
PCA answered with an RBI double by David Warrens in the bottom of the sixth but Deloney came in and shut the door in the seventh to help the Tigers improve to 3-4.
UMS-Wright 15, Alabama Christian 5
By TIM GAYLE
Crucial fielding errors in the fourth and fifth innings allowed defending state champion UMS-Wright to pull away from a close contest and defeat Alabama Christian 15-5 on Friday night in the Jason Armstrong FCA Memorial Classic at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Eagles (6-2), which had lost their first game of the season on Thursday in the tournament to Wilson, erased a 2-0 lead with three runs in the first, only to fall apart defensively by allowing six unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings to score.
“It all boils down to this: if you’re in Major League baseball, you’re in college baseball, you’re in high school baseball, when you make eight errors in a game, this is going to happen,” ACA coach Don Gilliam said. “The first six games, we have played error-free ball. We’ve had two errors in six games. Today, we booted it around. When you boot it around, that’s going to happen.
“We’re a good baseball team, but good baseball teams can’t boot it around.”
UMS-Wright jumped on starter Grayson Evans for a pair of runs in the top of the first, but ACA rallied with three in the bottom half of the inning. Jackson Hibbard was hit by a pitch and later scored when Evans reached base on an error. Evans went to second on the play and scored on a single by Preston Perry to tie the game. Perry later scored on the Bulldogs’ second error of the inning following a single by Reece Solar, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
It was short-lived. Three consecutive hits down the third-base line – all hard-hit grounders later labeled as errors by Gilliam – included a throwing error by third baseman Campbell Mock that led to four runs and finished the day for Evans. The starter then moved to shortstop, where he promptly had a hard hit ricochet off of his glove and then booted the next grounder, allowing two more runs to score for a 6-3 lead.
It got worse in the fifth as three consecutive singles off of reliever Taylor Hackett plated two more runs for a 10-3 lead and another error allowed two more unearned runs to score. Six of the nine Bulldogs in the batting order reached base multiple times. Richard Brinson went 4 for 5, Skipper Snypes went 3 for 4 and John Rice reached base four times, twice on errors.
For ACA, Solar went 2 for 3 and John Thompson went 2 for 4.
Trinity 8, Stanhope Elmore 2
Camden Lovrich went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs to lead Trinity to an 8-2 victory over Stanhope Elmore in the Jason Armstrong FCA Memorial Classic on Thursday.
Chantz Henry was 2 for 4 and drove in a run for Trinity, while Tyler Britton was 2 for 3 and Jackson Davis went 2 for 4.
Bryson Byrne was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats (3-3), which return to action on Friday against defending state champion UMS-Wright.
Wilson 5, Alabama Christian 3
ACA led 3-1 with two outs in the sixth inning but gave up three runs on just two hits as Wilson High rallied for a 5-3 victory in the Jason Armstrong FCA Classic at Riverwalk Stadium on Thursday.
Preston Perry pitched 5.2 innings, allowing only five hits while striking out four. Austin White doubled for the Eagles. Jackson Duke, Jackson Hibbard, Grayson Evans and Ford Hilyer each had hits for ACA (6-1), which suffered its first loss of the season.
St. James 6, Marbury 2
Mitchell Madore pitched five innings of two-hit ball to help the Trojans to a 6-2 win over Marbury in the Jason Armstrong FCA Tournament at Paterson Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Stephen Sadie went 3 for 4 to lead the Trojan offense. Matthew Robinson had three RBIs and Joshua Garnett added 2 RBIs for St. James (4-1), which was scheduled to face Thorsby at Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday in the tournament.
Alabama Christian 11, Montgomery Academy 2
ACA scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings and cruised to an 11-2 win over the Eagles at the AUM Baseball Complex on Tuesday night.
Ford Hilyer, Grayson Evans, Reece Solar, John Thompson, Austin White and Jackson Duke all had run-scoring hits for the Eagles (6-0). Solomon Hall and Garrett Cottingham also had hits.
Hilyer threw four innings, giving up one run, to pick up the win. Evans pitched the fifth, striking out one. Grayson Gray worked the sixth and seventh innings for the Eagles, striking out two.
Macon East Academy 10, Emmanuel Christian 0
Jalen Howard, Nick Fitzgerald and Tucker Neven combined on a six-inning shutout as Macon East won for the ninth time in 10 games this season.
Howard picked up the win, pitching three innings and striking out sixth as the starter.
Neven had an RBI single in the first inning to get the Knights rolling. They broke open the game in the third with a four-run inning highlighted by run-scoring hits from KC House, Nate Center, Dustin Jones and Parker Agnew.
Agnew went 2 for 2 and JC Ceman went 2 for 4, both collecting 2 RBIs, in the 10-hit attack. Macon East returns to action on Thursday in a tournament at Lowndes Academy.
Macon East Academy 17, Coosa Valley Academy 1
LOWNDESBORO – Macon East exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning to pull away from Coosa Valley in a tournament at Lowndes Academy on Friday.
Kayle Bell drew a bases-loaded walk to score the game’s first run in the top of the first, but Coosa Valley answered with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. Dawn Johnson broke the tie with an RBI groundout in the third before the Knights cranked up their offense with RBIs from Bell, Johnson, TJ James, Breann Morrison and Taylor Mckinney.
McKinney picked up the win in the circle, allowing three hits and one run while striking out six and walking one in four innings of work.
Johnson, Morrison, Mckinney, Bell and Madisyn Kennedy all had two hits in the 12-hit attack.
Macon East Academy 8, Lakeside School 0
LOWNDESBORO – Caroline Capps pitched a one-hitter for the Knights, striking out seven and walking none in five innings of work in a tournament at Lowndes Academy on Friday.
Dawn Johnson got the Macon East offense started with a two-run home run in the first inning. Emi Lott, Taylor Mckinney, TJ James and Capps all had two hits in the 10-hit attack.
Catholic 12, Elmore County 6
Aleigha Walden, Chloe Walden and Jessie Clark each drove in a pair of runs as Catholic defeated Elmore County 12-6 in the Knights’ season opener on Tuesday afternoon.
Nikki Walker went 3 for 4 to lead the Knights’ offense, while Nona Johnson went 2 for 3. Alex Jolley pitched the first two innings, recording one strikeout. Alanna Aiken pitched the next four innings, striking out four and picking up the win.
In the junior varsity game, Makiya Jones had a walkoff RBI double in the fifth inning to drive in the winning run in Catholic’s 3-2 victory.
Carrissa Gilbert pitched all five innings for the Knights, striking out four. She also drove in one of Catholic’s runs. Cecilia Crawford drove in the other run for Catholic.
LAMP 8, St. James 1
LAMP won two of the three doubles matches and swept the singles competition to score a convincing victory over St. James on Wednesday.
In singles, Jaemin Kim defeated Hawthorne Ramsey 8-4 at No. 1; Josh Kim defeated J.B. Ramsey 8-2 at No. 2; Arnob Guha defeated Sam Prickett 8-1 at No. 3; Dishan Chandrasoma defeated Ryan Jeong 8-3 at No. 4; Felix Wang defeated Mitch Mathews 8-5 at No. 5; and Eric Mesina defeated Jacob Seale 8-4 at No. 6.
The doubles team of Kim and Kim edged Ramsey and Ramsey 8-6 at No. 1 and Chandrasoma and Simeon Jeon defeated Jeong and Seale at No. 3.
Prickett and Mathews defeated Guha and Jae Lee 8-6 for the Trojans’ only point.
St. James 9, Opelika 0
OPELIKA – The St. James boys swept singles and doubles from the Bulldogs on Tuesday in a match played at the Calhoun Tennis Center.
In singles, No. 1 Hawthorne Ramsey def Conner Pruitt 6-0 (retired); No. 2 JB Ramsey defeated Wilson Hudson 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Sam Prickett defeated Grayson Crowley 6-0, 5-7, 1-0(3); No. 4 Ryan Jeong defeated Austin Crowley 6-0,6-2; No. 5 Mitch Mathews defeated Ben Estes 6-0, 6-0; and No. 6 Jacob Seale def Jack Whatley 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Ramsey and Ramsey defeated Pruitt/Hudson 9-7, while the No. 2 team of Prickett and Mathews defeated Crowley and Crowley 8-6 and Jeong/Seale defeated Estes/Parker McKay 8-4.
Trinity 9, Valley 0
The Trinity girls tennis team defeated section opponent Valley 9-0, sweeping both singles and doubles. Winning singles for the Lady Wildcats were Emma Beth Teel, Caroline Easterling, Catherine Parma, Rivers Dorey, Wallace Bryan and Drue Walker. Doubles winners were Teel/Easterling, Corynne Vermillion/Madison Johnston and Katie Scott/Mary Frances Green.
Trinity (5-2) returns to action on Wednesday against Dadeville.
Catholic 3, Sylacauga 0
Thomas McLaughlin preserved the shutout with seven saves and junior Jacob Flowers had a man-of-the-match performance at center back with several crucial defensive stops and clearances as the Catholic boys shut out ninth-ranked Sylacauga 3-0 on Thursday at Catholic.
Ivann Garcia, Daniel Reeves and Kolbe Russo each had a goal for the Knights. Rocky Phillipou had a pair of assists for Catholic, which travels to second-ranked Guntersville on Saturday.
Catholic 4, Sylacauga 0
Claire Mills had all four goals to lead the Catholic girls soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of previously unbeaten Sylacauga at home on Thursday.
Bethany White assisted on two of the goals. Savannah Johnson and Clare Wilson each had one assist. Lauren Beverly had 9 saves in goal for Catholic.
Updated at 5:35 pm on February 25, 2018
Saint James defeated LAMP in the Brew Tech tournament 6-2 with Macie Wilson picking up the win on the mound. Virginia Williams came in relief in the final inning. Ellie Streeton and Maddox Trumbly both hit safely for the Trojans. In the tournament championship Saint James whipped Catholic 6-2. Savannah Christian was the winning pitcher and limited the Knights to 4 hits. Wilson was 2/2 with a double and a single. Morgan Parish laid down a key bunt to land on third and start a Trojan rally. The Trojans were 5-0 on the weekend.
Updated at 1:15 pm on February 24, 2018
Saint James defeated Montgomery Academy 10-2 in the first half of a
double header Friday (Feb 23). Carson Howard got the win on the mound and also produces a pair of RBI’s for the Trojans. Howard pitched 5 innings allowing 3 hits, a single earned run with 4 strikeouts. Shaw Woodson led off the top of the first with a solo home run.
The Trojans whipped the Eagles 6-2 in the second game. Tyler Robertson led Saint James by going for 4 – 4 with a double, triple and a run batted in. Howard added 2 hits and a run driven home. Mitchell Madore got the win on the mound. The Trojans are now 3-1. MA is 1-2.
Alabama Christian scored 4 runs in the fourth inning and 5 runs in the 5th inning to defeat Brew Tech 10-8 in the first game of a double header Friday (Feb 23). Reece Solar started the scoring in the fourth inning when he singled home Preston Perry. After Solar stole second, Garrett Cottingham drove him across the plate. Later in the inning, John Thompson singled and Cottingham scored on a throwing error. In the 5th inning, the Eagles scored five runs as the Rams walked five Eagle batters and hit three more. Taylor Hackett came on in relief of starter Perry to get the win. Ford Hilyer pitched the 7th inning, striking out one, to record the save. At the plate, Hilyer doubled and had an RBI. Jackson Hibbard, Campbell Mock, Austin White, Perry, Solar, Cottingham and Thompson all had one RBI.
In the second game, the Eagles managed to out slug the Rams and held on for an 11-10 win. ACA scored half a dozen runs on just 3 hits in the bottom of the first inning. Hilyer doubled home Hibbard and the next batter, Grayson Evans, doubled driving in Hilyer. The Eagles continued their hot hitting in the third inning scoring 4 runs on 5 hits. Evans doubled again and drove in a pair of Eagles in the inning. Solar also doubled, his second of the game, plating an Eagle. Hilyer, Garrett Weedon, and Taylor Manning also had hits in the big inning. Mesaris got the win in relief, throwing 1 2/3 innings, striking out three. John Thompson pitched 3 1/3 innings, surrendering only 2 hits while striking out 5 batters. Mock recorded the last two outs of the game for the save. ACA remains undefeated at 5-0.
Macon East defeated Morgan Academy 8-2 with a big 5 run sixth inning. J.C. Ceman, Nate Center, Dustin Jones, and Drew Baker all moved runners across the plate with RBI’s in the inning. Baker took the win for the Knights on the mound. He went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7. Zack Kitchens threw 2 innings of relief out of the bullpen. Macon East collected 8 hits. Parker Agnew and Nate Center both went 2 for 3. The Knights didn’t commit a single error in the field. The Knights improve to 7-1.
Macon defeated Bessemer Academy 7-4 on Saturday (Feb 24). Bessemer Academy opened up the game scoring in the first inning, scoring one run. Macon East took the lead for good with 2 runs in the third inning. The Knights scored a trio of runs in the fourth inning. K.C. got the win for the Knights allowing only 3 three hits and 2 runs. Baker, Jones, House, and Agnew and Tucker Neven each managed one hit each. The Knights were 3-0 in the Morgan Tournament and improved to 8-1 on the season.
Macon East won 4 games on Friday (Feb 23) in the Morgan Academy Tournament. Caroline Capps threw a gem of a shutout in the first game for the Knights in a slim 2-0 victory over Patrician Academy. Capps struck out 8 in 6 innings of work. Capps went 2-for-2 at the plate and the Knights played errorless softball.
In the second game Taylor McKinney had all the right stuff and shutout Southern Academy 13-0 and fanned a half dozen batters. A big 5 run third inning put the Knights safely ahead. In that inning Madisyn Kennedy, Dawn Johnson, T.J. James, Breann Morrison and Capps all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. The Knights had 12 hits in the game and was errorless in the field.
Macon-East its will over Monroe Academy on their way to an easy 16-1 in the third game. Capps was on the mound again and gave up only 2 hits. McKinney and James both hit round trippers. The Knights collected 14 hits in the runaway victory. Kadence Ward had multiple hits in the game.
McKinney made her second appearance on the mound and coasted to another shutout as the Knights crushed Russell Christian Academy by a score of 9-0. Macon-East tallied four runs in the second inning. McKinney and Johnson all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Emi Lott, Johnson, Morrison, McKinney, and Kayle Bell each collected a hit.
The Catholic boys ended their marathon of games (7 in 7 days) with a loss to last season’s Final Four team Andalusia, 2-1. Peter Garland finished the penalty after Braxton Rogers won the Knights a penalty kick. The Knights had lots of chances, but the Andalusian goalkeeper had a splendid game.
Trinity narrowly defeated Saint James 3-2. Luke Adams, Collier Wilson and Sam Farris scored the Wildcats. James Davis and Farris had assists.
Prattville Christian demolished Autaugaville 10-0 to open the Panthers’ season. Andrew Clem led the Panthers with 2 goals and 1 assist. Sasha Scully scored 2 goals and Michael McCarty added 1 goal and 2 assists. Ryan Hatfield and Addison Arnold each scored 1 goal and had 1 assist. Matt Vaughn, Jake Davis, and Matthew Lisle all added 1 goal each. Nick Mullins recorded the shutout for PCA.
Updated at 8:33 am on February 23, 2018
Macon East Academy took home a 7-5 victory over Monroe
Academy (Feb 22). Monroe held an early lead in the first inning scoring on a sacrifice fly. Macon took the lead for good with a 3 run homer by Kellen Ward in the top of the third inning. The Knights put up 3 more runs in the top of the fifth inning. The big inning was driven by a sacrifice fly by K.C. House and a double by J. C.
Ceman. Parker Agnew took the win for Macon East. He went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 4. Tucker Neven was flawless at the plate going 2 for 2. Macon East improved to 6-1 on the season.
Trinity lost to Brewtech 4 to 3 (Feb 22). The Wildcats had only 3 hits. Trinity now stands at 0-2.
Montgomery Academy won its season opener (Feb 20) by
scoring 8 runs in bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead over Catholic and eventually win 10-6. Brown Simmons went 3 for 4 with 4 runs batted in. Thomas Rutland got the win on the mound.
ACA scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday (Feb 22) to take the lead and held on to defeat Wetumpka 5-4. ACA starter Grayson Evans allowed only one earned run over six innings to pick up the win. Evans struck out 3 and did not walk a batter. Dalton Mesaris pitched the seventh inning to earn his first save of the year. Left fielder Austin White tripled and singled, each with two outs, to push across runs for the Eagles. Ford Hilyer had a double and a single and Jackson Hibbard had two hits to help fuel the Eagle offense. ACA improves to 3-0 on the year.
BrewTech beat Saint James 2-0 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night (2/22/18). Trojan Macie Wilson (JR) made her debut on the mound after transferring from BrewTech and sitting out last year. Wilson took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings with 7 strike-outs. Savannah Christian came in to relieve for 1 2/3 innings. Ram’s Romona McLeod was the winning pitcher throwing 4 strike-outs and scoring one run while Mackenzie Wilson scored the other.
Alabama Christian defeated Prattville in extra innings Thursday (Feb 22) to defeat Prattville 4-3 in its season opener. The game was tied at three with ACA batting in the top of the ninth when Rose Costanza’s sacrifice fly scored the winning run.
Haley Pittman got the win for the Eagles. She allowed no hits
and no runs over 2 innings, striking out five without walking a batter.
Lacey Spear started the game for ACA. She surrendered a pair of runs on 6 hits over seven innings, striking out 9 and walking only one.
The Eagles had 4 hits. Pittman and Natalie Faulkner all managed multiple hits for ACA.
Catholic battled to a 2-2 tie with Opelika Thursday night (Feb 22). All goals were scored in the second half. Michael Russo opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Braxton Rogers was fouled in the box. Opelika then got their own penalty kick and also scored on a deflected free kick. With three minutes left, Knights Captain Daniel Reeves assisted on a Peter Garland header. Catholic is now 1-3-3 on the season.
Catholic lost to Opelika 7-2 Thursday night (Feb 22). Claire Mills and Savannah Johnson scored for the Knights. Goalkeeper Lauren Beverly had 17 saves. Catholic is 1-3.
The Trinity Girls smashed section opponent, Jemison 9-0 Thursday (Feb 22). Winning singles for the Lady Wildcats were Emma Beth Teel, Caroline Easterling, Corynne Vermillion, Catherine Parma, Wallace Bryan, and Madison Johnston. Doubles winners were Teel/Easterling, Vermillion/Anne Catharine Logan, and Rivers Dorey/Katie Scott. The Lady Wildcats are 2-1.
Catholic finished fourth in the Central Phenix City Tournament on Thursday (Feb 22) with a team score of 373. Smith’s Station won the event with a team score of 330. Catholic’s Grant Smith took top individual honors with a 75.
Updated at 3:36 pm on February 21, 2018
Macon East defeated Hooper Academy Colts 11-1 in 5 innings. Tucker Neven gets the win pitching 4 scoreless innings with 1 H and 7 K’s. KC House closes the fifth inning out with giving up 1H and 1 unearned run.
The Knights were lead by JC Ceman (scoring 3 times) and KC House (scoring 2 times) both going 2 for 2.
Parker Agnew went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Kellen Ward went 2 for 3. Dustin Jones (scoring 2 times) went 2 for 4.
Brock Taunton went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI’s and also scored the winning run on a passed ball. Overall the Macon East Knights had 11 hits, 1 error, and 11 stolen bases. Macon is now 5-1 for the season.
Trinity lost its opener to Andalusia on the road 3 to 2. Leading hitter for Trinity was Camden Lovrich going 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted in. Nolan Sasser scored 2 runs.
Alabama Christian Academy opened the season with a double header sweep of Reeltown on Tuesday (Feb 20). ACA took the first game 12-2. Ford Hilyer and Dalton Mesaris combined for a no-hitter for the Eagles. Hilyer fanned 6 batters in the process. Jackson Hibbard stole a pair of bases and had 2 hits. Grayson Evans was 2 for 3 and drove home a couple of runs. Preston Perry also drove home a couple of runs on 2 hits and Reece Solar had 2 hits and drove in a trio of Eagles.
ACA took the second game 7-1 with Campbell Mock picking up the win on the mound. Mock struck out 3 batters. Hibbard had a pair of hits and swiped 3 bases while Evans drove in 4 runs on 2 hits.
Macon-East Academy was victorious over Hooper Academy, 6-2. In the first inning, Macon got their offense started. Caroline Capps led things off on the rubber for Macon. She lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four and walking one. Macon tallied 11 hits in the game. Madisyn Kennedy, Taylor McKinney, and Kayle Bell each racked up multiple hits for Macon. Kennedy went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Macon.
Trinity and Catholic battled to a 2-2 on Tuesday (Feb 20). For the Wildcats, Scott Chestnutt and James Handy scored goals for the Wildcats. Luke Adams is credited with an assist. For the Knights, Peter Garland and Michael Russo scored and Daniel Reeves is credited with an assist.
Trinity defeated Catholic 6-0 on Tuesday Feb (20). Nicole Brown scored 2 goals, Mary Martin Mooneyham scored a goal. Mary Davis Bricken pulled off the Hat Trick with 3 goals. Goal keepers Joy Bishop and Caroline Parkman shared the shutout. Despite the loss, Catholic goalie Lauren Beverly had 30 saves. Catholic is 1-2 on the season after defeating Park Crossing and losing to LAMP. Trinity is at 3-1.
The Trinity girls varsity tennis team defeated section opponent, Shelby County 9-0. Winning singles matches for the Lady Wildcats were Emma Beth Teel, Caroline Easterling, Corynne Vermillion, Catherine Parma, Madison Johnston, and Katie Scott. Doubles winners were Easterling/Teel, Rivers Dorey/Parma and Anne Catharine Logan/Mary Ann Pittman. The Lady Wildcats are 2-1.
Updated at 1:01 pm on February 20, 2018
Trojans split with Indians
Saint James opened the 2017 baseball season by hosting the Wetumpka Indians Monday afternoon (Feb 19).
Saint James took the first game 2-0 as T.R. Robertson and Carson Howard combined on a 5 hit shutout with Robertson getting the win and Howard a 2 inning save. Saint James manufactured single runs in the third and sixth innings. In the third, off losing pitcher Jason Duer, Shaw Woodson led off with a walk and Howard singled him to second. Each runner advanced on a Robertson fly ball to center, and Woodson scored on a groundout to second by Matthew Robinson. Mitchell Madore led off with a walk and advanced to second on a bunt by Jackson Howard. A single by Josh Garnett advanced Madore to third, and after a walk loaded the bases, Madore scored on a sacrifice line out to right field.
Wetumpka had scoring opportunities in the fourth and sixth innings. The Indians loaded the bases with one out in the fourth out but consecutive strike outs by Robertson, two of the six he struck out. Carson Howard gave up two hits in the sixth inning, but no one could drive them in.
It was the Indians winning the second game with a shut, 1-0. Madore pitched a complete game for the Trojans despite taking the loss. Wetumpka’s only run of the day was an unearned run in the third inning. Kaleb Hines led off with a walk and stole second base. After a pop out and a strike out, Joe Holbert reached first on a strike out wild pitch, with Hines advancing to third and eventual
Wetumpka was one out from a combined no-hitter with Hayden Shepherd pitching a handful no hit innings with 8 strikeouts. Jon Holbert got the save, but gave up a two out single to Jackson Hammock in the bottom of the seventh to end the no-hit threat. Madore was a hard luck loser for the Trojans, pitching a complete game two hitter and giving up only one unearned run with four strikeouts.
-Contributed by J.R. Brown
Knights whip Fort Dale
Macon East defeated Fort Dale 6-3 Monday. Pitcher Nick Fitzgerald went 4 innings and picked up the w
in notching a half dozen strikeouts. Drew Baker pitched 3 scoreless
innings for the save. Dustin Jones went 2 for 3 at the plate and Baker was 2 for 2. The Knights are now 4-1 for the season.
Macon slaughters Ft. Dale
Madisyn Kennedy showed timely hitting on Monday, Feb 19, driving in six on three hits to lead Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity past Fort Dale Academy 17-1 on Monday. Kennedy drove in runs on a double in the first, a double in the fifth, and a double in the sixth.
Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity notched seven runs in the sixth inning. Breann Morrison, Taylor McKinney, Madison McKee, Kennedy, and Caroline Capps all drove in runs in the frame.
McKinney was on the mound for Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity. She went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out five and walking zero.
Macon-East racked up 16 hits in the game. Capps, Kennedy, Dawn Johnson, and Morrison each had multiple hits for Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity. Capps went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity in hits.
In game two, Caroline Capps didn’t allow a single hit as Macon-East Academy Knights Varsity defeated Fort Dale Academy 16-0 on Monday. The Knights were boosted by Johnson who went 4-for-4 at the plate. Johnson doubled in the first, doubled in the second, doubled in the third, and singled in the fourth. The Knights tallied 8 runs in the second inning. Doubles by McKinney, Johnson, McKee, Kadence Ward, and a single by Kayle Bell greatly damaged Ft. Dale. Capps lasted 4 innings, allowing no hits or runs striking out 5 batters. Macon collected 17 hits on the day.
Montgomery Academy opens season at 1-1. MA pummeled Providence Christian of Dothan 9-0. The Eagles won all matches. Individual winners were James Torbert, William Robertson, Dallon Wallis, Will Peeples, Hamilton Chapman and Whit Davis. Doubles winners were Torbert / Robertson and Chapman / Davis.
The Eagles then traveled north to face one of the finest 6A programs in the state, Jasper High School. MA was narrowly defeated 5-4. Torbert, Robertson and Davis
Updated at 8:45 pm on February 16, 2018
Edgewood Young ‘Uns upset Macon East
By ART PARKER
A youthful Edgewood Academy team defeated defending state champion Macon East on Thursday 7-6 in extra innings. Sophomore Landon Maynard had the game winning RBI on a bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Freshmen Drez Crawford scored the game winning run and delivered a pair of hits and drove a run across for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Luke Sisson was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Matt Williams. Sisson fanned trio of Knights and gave up 3 hits. Williams started the game and struck out 4 batters.
The young Wildcats team started 3 freshman and 4 sophomores. “I was extremely proud of the effort our guys gave in overcoming so much adversity that we put on ourselves,” Wildcats coach Eric Folmar said. “After giving up six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning a lot of teams would have packed it in and quit. But not these young guys we have. They fought back and got the win over a very good Macon East team.”
The Wildcats are 3-2 and play arch rival Autauga Academy at noon Saturday.
Before losing to Edgewood, AISA defending state champs Macon East clobbered Eastwood Academy 11-1 to start the baseball season. Drew Baker got the win on the mound and only surrendered one hit. Baker also collected a pair of hits and drove a run home. Dustin Jones had a hit and 2 RBI and Dawson Strickland had 2 hits and 2 RBI.Macon East won its first three games of the season.
The Knights then defeated Chambers Academy with ease in a doubleheader with ease, 7-1 and 16-3. Nick Fitzgerald took the win in the first game and notched 5 strikeouts. Baker had a pair of hits including a double and drove home a trio of base runners. J.C. Ceman had 3 hits including a double and pushed opne run over the plate. Jones had 2 hits and drove in a run.
The Knights won the second game with Jalen Howard on the mound, who struck out 2 batters. Kellen Ward had the big stick for the Knights with 3 hits including a double and a home run while driving 6 runners across the plate. Ceman also had 2 hits and a run batted in.
Macon East whipped Edgewood in a double header on Thursday. The Knights took the first game 15-1. Caroline Capps had 2 strike outs and gave up only one hit. She also had 2 hits. Dawn Johnson had a Grand Slam and TJ James added another home run right
after. Madisyn Kennedy was 3 of 4 from the plate. The Knights shut out the Wildcats in game two 8-0. Taylor Mckinney had 2 strikeouts and gave up only one hit. She also had 3 hits with a homerun. Madisyn Kennedy had 3 hits with a grand slam.
The Trinity tennis team defeated Prattville Christian Academy 9-0. Winning singles matches for the Lady Wildcats were Caroline Easterling, Corynne Vermillion, Catherine Parma, Madison Johnston, Katie Scott, and Mary Frances Green. Doubles winners were Easterling/Vermillion, Parma/Scott, and Johnston/Drue Walker. The Lady Wildcats are 1-1. Trinity will host Shelby County on Tuesday, February 20.
The Trinity girls tennis team lost to Houston Academy of Dothan by the score 5-4. After losing all 3 doubles, each by the score 10-8, the Lady Wildcats came back and won 4 of the 6 singles. Singles winners for Trinity were #1 Emma Beth Teel, # 3, Caroline Easterling, #5 Katie Scott, and # 6 Drue Walker. Trinity plays Prattville Christian on Thursday at Lagoon.