E.A. Sports Today

Falcons post big win

Roundup: Donoho soccer makes most of chances; also includes Wellborn baseball winning wild one, J’ville soccer, softball

By East Alabama Sports Today

Mitchell Baker scored two goals, one in the final minute of the first half, and Donoho edged Collinsville 2-1 to snap a three-match losing streak.

Baker scored his first goal 30 seconds before halftime on a quick throw-in by Schuyler Buckner. He drew the keeper out of the goal and banked in a shot off the back post.

His second goal came on an 80-yard run with a roll-out from keeper Chandler Collins. He drew the keeper out again and stuck the ball into the side netting.

Collinsville scored in the second half as Juan Barrientos Segura beat the Falcons defense and then a diving Collins.

“We managed to stay defensive and make the most of our chances to get goals,” Falcons coach Matthew Wright said. “This was by far our biggest win in my short tenure at Donoho. We beat a really good team. They’ve not won a lot of games, but they play a lot of big teams.”

The Falcons return to action Wednesday at home against Talladega. They beat Tigers in the season opener 8-1.

BASEBALL: Wellborn wins wild one

WELLBORN — Landon Machristie’s two-run single capped a seven-run fourth inning that propelled Wellborn to a 15-10 victory over Weaver and a three-game sweep of their area series.

The 3-hour, 10-minute seven-inning game featured 17 hits, 29 walks and 23 runners left on base.

The heart of Wellborn’s order — Brandt Denham, Machristie and T.J. Sales — were a combined 9-for-12 with 10 RBIs. Machristie was 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Denham had two doubles and winning pitcher Salers had a double and homer among his three hits and four RBIs.

Weaver scored six runs in the second to open a 7-1 lead, but the Panthers sent 10 men to the plate in their seven-run inning that put them ahead 11-8.

Jordan Montgomery homered for Wellborn in the third inning.

“They just battle,” Wellborn coach Shane Harrell said. “When we get behind, when we see a little adversity, they kind of dig in and respond. We had to do that several times tonight.”

The Panthers will look to secure a playoff spot Tuesday with a 1 p.m. game against Pleasant Valley. They are expected to start senior Machristie on the mound.

Wellborn 15, Weaver 11

Weaver 160 112 0 — 11 7 1
Wellborn 121 713 x — 15 10 4

2B: Landon Machristie 2 (Wel), T.J. Salers (Wel), Brandt Denham 2 (Wel). HR: T.J. Salers (Wel), Jordan Montgomer (Wel). WP: T.J. Salers.

GIRLS SOCCER: Guntersville gets Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — Guntersville (9-0) scored three goals in the first half to hand the second-ranked Golden Eagles (11-3) their first loss at home.

Virginia Poe scored Jacksonville’s goal on an assist from Elizabeth Poe. Keeper Matti Lowery recorded 16 saves, including a penalty kick.

The Golden Eagles will look for payback Tuesday night at Guntersville.

SOFTBALL: Cleburne County edges Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — 14 Winning pitcher Amber Parker and Baylie Norton singled home runs in the sixth inning that put Cleburne County ahead for good in a tight game.

Chelsea Parker and Casey Poore both had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers (22-5).

The sixth was the only inning Jacksonville didn’t match or top when Cleburne County scored in the top of the inning. The Golden Eagles tied it in the second and third, then scored four in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead.

Essence Hutchinson tied the game with a two-run homer and Sullie Mabry put the Golden Eagles ahead with an RBI double.

In another game, Ragland blanked Faith Christian 10-0.

Cleburne County 8, Jacksonville 7

Cleburne County 012 032 0 — 8 9 4
Jacksonville 012 040 0 — 7 7 3

AMBER PARKER and Chelsea Parker; SULLIE MABRY and Caitlyn Ryan. 2B: Chelsea Parker (C), Casey Poore (C), Sullie Mabry (J), Mallory Bell (J). HR: Essence Hutchinson (J). WP: A. Parker. LP: Mabry.

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