E.A. Sports Today

Big day for Faith freshman

Prep roundup includes softball, baseball, golf, soccer

By East Alabama Sports Today

Faith Christian freshman Presley Whitten fashioned a one-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and hit a home run as the Lions softball team swamped Gaylesville 12-0 in five innings Monday.

“Throw a one-hitter and hit the first home run of her career – not a bad night for a ninth grader,” Lions coach Bradley Dawson said.

One thing that was important to Whitten throughout the game was the knowledge her teammates were behind her every step of the way.

”It’s a great feeling because it felt like I had things under control and even if I didn’t I know my teammates have my back,” she said.

Whitten allowed only three base-runners – two walks and a first-inning single – and at one point retired 12 batters in a row. Gaylesville hit only one ball into the outfield.

“I thought Presley pitched very well tonight,” Dawson said. “She did an excellent job of pitching to the corners and staying off the middle of the plate.”

Not only was it a big night in the circle, but from the plate as well. She had two hits in the game and her first career home run came in a six-run fourth inning. Jasmyne Groce had three hits for Faith, while Hannah Reynolds and Andrea Davis had two each.

“I had a more positive attitude coming up to the batter’s box,” Whitten said. “I think that thinking positive can change how the outcome of a game will be.”

Wellborn 10, Cleburne County 0


Piedmont 10, Cherokee County 5

PIEDMONT – Winning pitcher Payton Young had a two-run homer and Peyton Whitten a two-run double in a seven-run fifth after Cherokee County took a lead in the top of the inning.

The Bulldogs sent 11 batters to the plate in their big inning, rapping out seven hits. Bayley Blanchard, Cale McCord and Tyler Lusk also knocked in runs in the inning.

Jaren Lockridge hit a solo homer and two doubles in three official plate appearances for Cherokee County. He was hit by a pitch in his other at-bat.

Piedmont 10, Cherokee County 5

Cherokee County 100 030 1 — 5 6 2
Piedmont 120 070 x — 10 10 2

RUSTY MILLER, Logan Green (5), Christian Stinson (5) and Collin Brewer; PAYTON YOUNG, Cale McCord (6), Peyton Whitten (7) and Easton Kirk. 2B: Jaren Lockridge (C) 2, Dalton Spears (C), Peyton Whitten (P), Payton Young (P). HR: Jaren Lockridge (C), Payton Young (P). WP: Young. LP: Miller.

Jacksonville 10, Weaver 0

JACKSONVILLE – The Golden Eagles already had the game under control, but Austin Lackey’s two-run double highlighted a six-run fifth inning that broke it open.

Lackey drove in three runs in the game. Tyler Carter went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Colton Clark drove in two runs.

Dalton Hamby had two hits for Weaver.

Wellborn 7, Lincoln 4

The Panthers opened an early 3-0 lead and Ethan Beadles and T.J. Salers made it stand on the mound.


Faith Christian 5, Collinsville 0

COLLINSVILLE – Josiah McDaniel scored a hat trick and Tyler Johnson and Ryan Crosby scored single goals to lead the Lions to their second win of the season. McDaniel and Johnson, who both signed college scholarships last week, each have five goals this season.

Crosby, fresh off winning the boys No. 1 singles title in the Red Wilder Tennis Championship, also had an assist, as did McDaniel, Jordan Griswald and Andrew Gattrell.


White Plains boys 142, Alexandria 181
Alexandria girls 128, White Plains 130

Trevor Lane and Layton Bussey both beat par over nine holes at Pine Hill Country Club and White Plains’ boys shot 2-under as a team to run past Alexandria in their first match of the season.

Lane carded a 4-under 32 and Bussey a 2-under 34. Drennen Beam shot 37 and Dustin Travis 39.

The Wildcats play Oxford and Donoho in a tri-match Tuesday at Pine Hill.


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