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Piedmont’s bats come alive, Jacksonville outlasts Weaver, Lincoln softball rallies

By East Alabama Sports Today

RAINBOW CITY – Piedmont had only one hit and four base runners through the first four innings Friday, then the Bulldogs’ bats came to life.

Bayley Blanchard had three hits in his last three at-bats, Caleb Morrow had three RBIs in his last two and the Bulldogs scored 10 runs on 10 hits in their last two innings to overcome a three-run deficit and defeat Westbrook Christian 13-6.

The Bulldogs trailed 6-3 going to the home fifth. They sent 11 batters to the plate in that inning to take a 9-3 lead and nine batters to the plate in the sixth to score four more.

Morrow hit a two-run single in the fifth and had an RBI single in the sixth. Blanchard had an RBI double in the third – the Bulldogs’ only hit through the first four innings off Westbrook starter Connor Bolton — an RBI single in the fifth and a single in the sixth.

Blanchard was credited with the victory in relief. He and starter Taylor Hayes combined for 13 strikeouts.

Jacksonville 8, Weaver 6

JACKSONVILLE – Kyle Seeger’s two-run single in the third broke a 5-5 tie and gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good.

Weaver took a 5-4 lead in a wild four-run third inning when three runs scored on an error. The first run of the inning scored on a wild pitch.

Seeger drove in three runs in the game. Colin Casey drove in two and Colton Clark had two hits for Jacksonville. T.J. Thompson and Cody Ortiz each had two hits for Weaver.

Piedmont 13, Westbrook Christian 6

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Connor Bolton, Jordan Reynolds (5) and Kyle Leonard; Taylor Hayes, BAYLEY BLANCHARD and Easton Kirk. 2B: Troy Bearden (W) (2), Cullen Stafford (W), Bayley Blanchard (P), Payton Young (P). RBIs: Westbrook-Stafford 2, Bearden 2, Tyler Self; Piedmont-Blanchard 2, Derrick Baer, Young, Easton Kirk 2, Caleb Morrow 3, Mason Mohon. WP: Blanchard. LP: Bolton.

SOFTBALL: Houck caps Lincoln’s rally

LEEDS — Taylor Houck slammed a bases-loaded triple off the left-centerfield field fence with two outs in the home third as Lincoln beat the clock and Mortimer Jordan 9-8 in the Leeds Green Wave Classic.

The blast capped the Lady Bears’ second comeback of the game. They bounced back from a 2-0 deficit with five in the home first, highlighted by Carlee Mullinax’ two-run homer, and they trailed 8-5 entering the third.

“It showed a lot about them,” Lincoln coach Rush Rutledge said. “They never got down.”

Christavia Curry drove in the Lady Bears’ first run of the third as the 70-minute time limit had passed and Houck’s shot followed a walk to Savannah Sands that loaded the bases.

“She had gotten on her first two times up, but they were not good at bats and I told her she was going to redeem herself,” Lincoln coach Rush Rutledge said. “You knew it was going to be a triple as soon as it came off the bat.”

The Lady Bears (2-0) had four extra-bases hits among their seven hits in the game – all from the top four spots in their lineup. They were 5-for-10 in the game with runners in scoring position.

SOFTBALL: Pleasant Valley Tournament

White Plains 9, Faith Christian 5
Faith Christian 7, Saks 5

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