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Mullinax milestone lifts Lincoln

Junior infielder collects 200th career hit in first inning as Lady Bears rout of Munford; Piedmont baseball sweeps

By East Alabama Sports Today

LINCOLN – Junior third baseman Carlee Mullinax drove in two runs with her 200th career hit, three other players drove in a pair of runs and three pitchers allowed one hit as Lincoln opened its softball season with a 15-0 four-inning victory over Munford Thursday.

Mullinax, a transfer from Wellborn, reached the milestone with a two-run double in her first at-bat with the Lady Bears in the first inning.

“She’s got a chance to get 300 with the career she’s got,” Lincoln coach Rush Rutledge said. “She’s a hard worker. (The milestone) is well deserving for somebody who puts the work in.”

Victoria Mitchell, Kameron Beasley and Rayanna Powell all drove in two runs. Taylor Houck had two hits and reached base four times.

Starting pitcher Savannah Sands threw two innings of no-hit ball with two strikeouts. Powell and Sta Curry each pitched an inning.

BASEBALL: Piedmont sweeps Etowah, Sardis

PIEDMONT – Young pitchers Bailey Graves and Logan Pruitt looked good in their first varsity action, Caleb Morrow pitched a five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts in his first game with the program and the hitters who came over from the basketball team delivered in a big way as Piedmont opened its season with wins over Etowah (8-3) and Sardis (11-0).

Graves, a sophomore making his first varsity start, and Pruitt, a freshman, combined to allow four hits and two earned runs against Etowah. Pruitt threw 19 pitches to 11 batters in 3 1-3 innings of relief. Morrow, a transfer from White Plains, gave up only a double with one out in the fifth inning.

“We’ve been really working with these guys,” Bulldogs coach James Blanchard said. “They’ve been throwing really good in practice, so I knew they would be pretty good.”

At the plate, Bayley Blanchard, Easton Kirk, Taylor Hayes and Derrick Baer only recently came over from basketball, but they combined for 11 of the Bulldogs’ 15 hits in the doubleheader and 12 of their 14 RBIs. They each had three RBIs.

Blanchard and Baer both drove in two runs in the Etowah game. Kirk, who had two hits each game, drove in three in the Sardis game. Kirk had four hits and three RBIs. Baer had three hits and three RBIs.

Etowah starter Eli Dunn was impressive in the first-game loss. He allowed one earned run and struck out 10 in six innings. He threw 117 pitches.

Piedmont 8, Etowah 3

Piedmont 000 500 3 – 8 9 1
Etowah 100 200 0 – 3 4 3

BAILEY GRAVES, Logan Pruitt (4) and Easton Kirk; ELI DUNN, Jacob Johnson (7), Matthew Steele (7) and Bryant West. WP – Bailey Graves. LP – Eli Dunn. Sv – Logan Pruitt.

Piedmont 11, Sardis 0

Sardis 000 00 – 0 1 3
Piedmont 605 0x – 11 6 2

CALEB WOFFORD, Ross Strickland (2), Grant Garner (4) and Colby Childers; CALEB MORROW and Derrick Baer. 2B: Kale Walker (S), Taylor Hayes (P), Easton Kirk (P). WP – Caleb Morrow. LP – Caleb Wofford.

BASEBALL: White Plains ushers in new era

White Plains baseball opens the Wes Henderson Era Friday with a 1 p.m. home doubleheader against Ohatchee.

The new coach won’t be the only thing new in the program. The Wildcats will break out black uniforms for the first time in their history that will have ‘Plains’ across the front in a University of Miami font.

They’ll also be in sitting in new dugouts.

Henderson was hired off Oxford’s staff over the summer to succeed Chad Hudson. This is his first head coaching assignment.

Andrew Cronan will draw the Opening Day Game 1 start on the mound.

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