E.A. Sports Today

Tough call costs White Plains

Morrow throws 1-hitter, Piedmont drops two heartbreakers, Alexandria reaches Gulf Shores semifinals

Alexandria's Dalton Cobb lifts a sacrifice fly in the Brooks game. (Special photo)

Alexandria’s Dalton Cobb lifts a sacrifice fly in the Brooks game. (Special photo)

By East Alabama Sports Today

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The group that traveled with White Plains will be talking about the Wildcats’ final game on this year’s spring break trip for a long time.

The Wildcats lost to The Haverford (Pa.) School 8-7, blowing a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning and falling victim to a controversial play along the way.

The Fords had runners on first and second with none out in the seventh when they hit a liner to second the Wildcats dropped. Thinking quickly, they threw to third and back to second for a double play, leaving a runner at first and two outs.

But Haverford argues the ball was dropped intentionally. The umpires agreed, calling one out and returning the runners. The Fords strung together three straight hits to win the game.

“It was a tough loss,” Wildcats coach Chad Hudson said.

Earlier in the day the Wildcats swept a doubleheader from Grayslake North (Ill.) 7-4 and 11-1 with Caleb Morrow throwing a one-hitter in Game 2.

The only hit Morrow allowed was a sharp single with one out in the seventh. He struck out eight.

“For three or four innings seeing no hits up on the scoreboard against a good team at Disney … as a pitcher that’s kind of what you root for,” the junior right-hander said. “After the first out (in the seventh) I was kind of talking to myself inside my glove saying ‘Don’t screw this up.’ I let a change-up up and he hit right past second base; all I could do was smile.”

Kevin Carr pitched the first five innings in the first game and picked up that win.

Winfield 8, Piedmont 7 (9 innings)
Valley View (Ark.) 6, Piedmont 4

GULF SHORES – The Bulldogs suffered two heart-wrenching losses in their final day of the Gulf Coast Classic tournament.

They lost to Winfield 8-7 in nine innings and Valley View (Ark.) in 6-4. Both games were back and forth affairs until the team’s that won did so in their final at-bats.

“It was tough to lose like that, but we had a lot of good things,” Piedmont coach James Blanchard said. “We hadn’t hit it good until we came down here.”

Alexandria 8, Brooks 4
Alexandria 5, Northview 3

GULF SHORES – If they pick an MVP in the Gulf Shores Classic, Cody Dodd sure kept his chances alive for it.

Dodd threw a complete game against Northview and had three hits in each game as the fourth-ranked Valley Cubs reached the tournament semifinals by winning twice. They play Colbert County today at 9 a.m., with the winner playing in the title game at 1:30 p.m.

Taylor Shaddix threw a complete game against Brooks.

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