LAMP 10, Alabama Christian Academy 4
The LAMP Golden Tigers scored four runs in the third and answered an Alabama Christian rally with one of their own to defeat the Eagles 10-4 on Thursday at Paterson Field to secure a berth in the state playoffs.
LAMP (18-7) improved to 4-1 in 4A Area 4 play and can wrap up the regular-season area championship with a win today in the first game of a doubleheader at ACA at 5 p.m. A loss, coupled with a win by Trinity over Catholic, would give the Wildcats the area title and LAMP would go on the road for the first round of the state playoffs next Friday.
ACA was eliminated from playoff consideration with the loss.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard first in the first inning when Ben Johnson doubled and Reese Solar followed with an RBI single, but the Tigers answered with an RBI single by Lance Phung in the second inning and four unearned runs in the third.
After Trace Deloney was intentionally walked to load the bases, Austin Clark hit a bases-clearing double to give LAMP a 5-1 lead. When ACA countered with two runs in the fourth after Jackson Duke and Zac Westbrook led off with singles and eventually scored, Todd Davis responded with a two-run double to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Solar went 3 for 4 and Johnson and Westbrook both went 2 for 3 to lead the ACA offense. For LAMP, Seth Hudson, Davis, Deloney and Phung all had two hits.
Myles Herron went the distance for LAMP, allowing 10 hits and four runs while walking two and striking out one. Johnson, the ACA starter, allowed eight hits and eight runs in four innings but only three of the runs were earned.
Trinity 12, Catholic 2
Trace Bright struck out 10 in a complete-game performance and Trinity wrapped up a playoff berth with a 12-2 win over the Knights at Jason Armstrong Field on Thursday.
Trinity (20-7) can win the 4A Area 4 regular-season championship with a loss by LAMP and a win over Catholic in the first game of a doubleheader today at Catholic at 2 p.m. A loss, or a win by LAMP, would send the Wildcats on the road for the first round of the state playoffs next Friday.
Bright allowed two earned runs and improved to 5-1 in Thursday’s game, which was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
Chantz Henry went 2 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs and Josh Hynniman went 1 for 2 and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Trinity offense.
Montgomery Academy 10, Prattville Christian Academy 3
PRATTVILLE – Landon Meadows pitched into the sixth inning and went 4 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs at the plate to lead Montgomery Academy to a 10-3 win over Prattville Christian in a 3A Area 5 game on Thursday.
The Eagles (9-9-1) improved to 7-2 in area games this season and can wrap up a playoff berth by winning either game in a doubleheader with the Panthers today at Bowman Field starting at 4:45 p.m.
“I’m really proud of my guys, how they came right out of the gate and fought hard,” MA coach Stephen Vosel said. “We did what we needed to do to give ourselves a chance tomorrow to get a playoff berth. Landon was lights out for us. He fought hard and did a great job even when he fell behind in some counts. We hit the ball well but still left too many runners on base. Defensively, I thought we played very well.
“I’m excited for the opportunity for my guys (in Friday’s doubleheader). (PCA) Coach (Jerry) Greene is always going to have a team that is going to fight from the first pitch until the last. We’ve got to flush this one and get ourselves ready to play.”
Meadows pitched 5.1 innings and struck out six. Charlie Snipes pitched the remainder of the game in relief.
Offensively, Trey Lindsey went 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs, Snipes went 2 for 2, Jennings Lawson went 2 for 3 and drove in a run, Eric Doh went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs and Mac Main went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs.
For Prattville Christian, David Starnes went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Cooper Meadows and Colton Smith each went 1 for 3 and drove in a run. PCA starter Samuel Duffield lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing six earned runs. Starnes pitched the remaining 4.2 inning, allowing four earned runs while striking out three.
Tuscaloosa Academy 12-8, Kingwood Christian 2-5
TUSCALOOSA – The Knights clinched the Class AAA Region 2 Area 1 championship on Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of Kingwood Christian.
JP Sanders went 3 for 3 with a pair of three-run home runs to finish with eight RBIs in the first game, which was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Hayden Johnson (3-2) pitched a complete game, giving up just five hits and two earned runs.
Alex Johnson also had three hits and Thomas Williams had two hits.
In the second game, Braden Ware (4-1) came on in relief, pitching five innings and giving up seven hits and two earned runs to get the win. Houston Evans and Will Wade each had three hits in the game, including a home run by Wade, to help the Knights improve to 17-8.
Pike Liberal Arts 10-15, Macon East Academy 2-5
CECIL – Macon East Academy’s late-season struggles continued as Pike Liberal swept an important area doubleheader from the Knights on Tuesday.
In the first game, Brock Taunton and Tucker Neven had three hits each but the rest of the team had just two as the Knights lost 10-2. Tanner McNaughton took the loss for Macon East, allowing four hits and four runs over 4.1 innings, striking out three.
Like the first game, Taunton and Neven led the offense with two hits each, but the rest of the team managed just four more hits as the Knights lost 15-5. Taunton was the losing pitcher, allowing two hits and three runs in one inning of work.
Macon East (25-10) will play Edgewood Academy on Senior Night on Monday at 4 p.m.
Catholic 14, Trinity 2
Katherine O’Connor drove in a pair of runs with her first at-bat and the Knights rolled from there with an easy 14-2 victory over Trinity in a 4A Area 4 game on Thursday.
O’Connor, along with Carissa Gilbert, Chloe Walden, Alanna Aiken and Nikki Walker, all had RBI hits as part of a six-run second inning. Aiken added a home run in the third. Walker and Mckenzie Norton had three hits to lead the Knights’ offense.
Aiken went the distance for Catholic, allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four and walking none in five innings of work.
Prattville Christian Academy 10, St. James 1
Landyn McAnnally threw a two-hitter and struck out eight as Prattville Christian completed the 3A Area 5 sweep of the Trojans with an easy 10-1 victory at St. James on Thursday.
Madison Hanson went 4 for 5 and drove in a run and Sarah Williams went 3 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs to lead the PCA offense. Sally Swindall added a two-run double and Kathryn Fallen had a solo home run to help the Panthers improve to 2-0 in area play.
PCA (25-3) will open play in the Stanhope Elmore tournament with a game against LAMP.
Alabama Christian Academy 4, Catholic 0
Haley Pittman limited Catholic to one hit and struck out 12 to lead Alabama Christian to a 4-0 win over Catholic in 4A Area 4 play on Tuesday.
Alanna Aiken had the single for Catholic in the first inning. Haley Ingram, Katie Chappell and Aniya Jackson all had multiple hits for ACA.
St. James 15, Southside-Selma 0
Macie Wilson had three strikeouts of the four batters she faced and went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk with four RBIs to lead the Trojans to a 15-0 win over Southside in a 3A Area 5 game on Tuesday limited to three innings by the 15-run mercy rule.
Ella Ward and Chelsey Craig had two hits each to lead the nine-hit attack of the Trojans. Wilson was pulled from the circle with her team leading 10-0 and replaced by Emerson Hagen, who also had three strikeouts and three RBIs on offense.
Tuscaloosa Academy 10-14, Kingwood Christian 0-4
TUSCALOOSA -- Emma Price was the winning pitcher in both games as the Knights swept a doubleheader from Kingwood Christian with a pair of 10-run victories on Wednesday.
In the first game, Christina Sealy had two doubles, a single, four RBIs and two runs scored, Price had two doubles, a single, two RBIs and a run scored, Kelsey Curry had a triple, a single and two RBIs and Amity White had two singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Kendall Tillery added a single and a run scored and Meredith Taylor had a single, RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, Taylor had a triple, a double, two singles, three RBIs and two runs scored, Curry had a double, three singles, three RBIs and a run scored, Sealy had a double, a single, three RBIs and two runs scored and Price had two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored. White added a double, a single and five runs scored, Claire Roberts had a double, and RBI and one run scored and Morgan Langkawel scored twice.
Montgomery Academy 9, Andalusia 0
ANDALUSIA -- Montgomery Academy closed out the regular season by sweeping singles and doubles competition from Andalusia on Thursday. Singles winners were James Torbert, William Robertson, Hamilton Chapman, Alec Chandler, Whit Davis and Guy Hughes, while doubles winners were Torbert-Robertson, Chapman-Chandler and Davis-Hughes.
Montgomery Academy (12-4) will play in the sectional tournament on Tuesday at O’Connor Tennis Center.
St. James 9, Opelika 0
St. James swept the singles and doubles matches with Opelika in a tennis match at O’Connor Tennis Center on Wednesday.
In singles, Sam Prickett defeated Gary Walker 10-8; Ryan Jeong defeated Ben Estes 10-1; Mitch Mathews defeated Dawson Rush 10-5; Jacob Seale defeated Jack Whatley 10-1; Jason Jeong defeated Jack O’Quinn 10-1; and Patrick Whetstone defeated Troy Davidson 10-7.
In doubles, Prickett and Seale defeated Walker and Whatley 8-6; Jeong and Jeong defeated Rush and Estes 8-2; and Mathews and Whetstone defeated Hudson and Davidson 8-0.