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PV baseball outduels Weaver, Ohatchee wins area opener, Alexandria sweeps Anniston; Oxford softball edges Pell City

By East Alabama Sports Today

WEAVER – Reagan King drove in the go-ahead run with an opposite-field flare off the left-field line in the sixth inning and Elijah Borders outdueled Josh Langley for seven innings as the Raiders edged Weaver 2-1 in the area opener for both teams.

The game was scoreless until both teams scored in the fourth. PV had the go-ahead runner at second base in the sixth inning. He moved up on a two-hopper to the pitcher and scored when King, a left-handed hitter batting ninth, poked a 1-2 pitch to the opposite field.

“Josh pitched his butt off; he threw 82 pitches, 62 for strikes,” Weaver coach David Beegle said. “(Borders) pitched a great game, too. Most of the balls we hit were hit hard; it was almost like there was a magnet in their glove – two hops and it was there.”

Ohatchee 7, Ashville 5

ASHVILLE – The sixth-ranked Indians scored six runs in the first two innings and then held on to win their area opener.

“That’s what we wanted,” Indians coach Blake Jennings said. “We talked about coming out quick. The goal was to get on them. And it was good to hold on.”

Blayde Crump pitched five solid innings and struck out six on the mound and had a big hit in the fast start. Ashville threatened in most of the innings, but Crump managed to get out of it with little or no damage.

“He wanted the ball,” Jennings said. “He said, ‘I want it coach.’ We handed it to him and he did his thing for five innings.”

The Indians (10-7) scored three runs in each of the first two innings. Chase Widgeon had a two-run double in the first and Crump had a two-run triple in the second. Crump scored what amounted to the wining run on Michael Cherry’s sacrifice fly.

Micah Lee’s RBI single gave the Indians a 7-1 lead in the fifth. Cherry and Widgeon both had two hits in the game.

Alexandria 23-10, Anniston 0-0: Riley Shaw and Ethan Clemons were the winning pitchers as the ninth-ranked Valley Cubs opened their area schedule with a pair of shutouts.

Oxford 4, Pell City 2

PELL CITY – Rylee Waldrep scattered five hits and struck out nine as the Lady Jackets scored a big area victory. Pell City was ranked No. 5.

The fourth-ranked Lady Jackets ripped eight hits. Haley Lyner homered for the second game in a row and has hit six since the weekend.

“Last weekend was actually my first tournament,” Lyner said. “I’ve been out for about five months, so I’ve been working hard. We’ve been doing a hitting program and a throwing program. I think that’s caused me to have more determination and focus.”

If the weather cooperates, Lyner and the Lady Jackets play the first game on the signature softball field at Choccolocco Park Thursday against Hueytown at 6:30 p.m.

“I’m very excited about that,” Lyner said. “We went out there and practiced for the first time last Wednesday and it was great. It’s a great field. It’s a longer field. We’re going to have pound the ball even more.”

Boaz 6, Lincoln 5
Lincoln 7, Good Pasture 3

GULF SHORES — Lincoln built big leads in both games, but held onto it against Good Pasture in pool play of the Gulf Coast Classic II tournament.

The Lady Bears scored four in the first inning against Good Pasture and scored added to it in each of next two innings they batted. Victoria Sands had two hits and Kamryn Beasley had two RBIs in the game. Savannah Sands gave up two hits and struck out three in the four innings she pitched.

The news wasn’t as good against Boaz. The Lady Bears led 5-1 after they batted in the fourth, but lost on an RBI double with none out in the bottom of the seventh. Beasley and Justice Green both had a pair of RBIs in the game.

The Lady Bears were seeded No. 24 in the 52-team single-loss bracket field. Jacksonville was seeded No. 52.

Lincoln was scheduled to play Trinity and Jacksonville was scheduled to play Dickson County in their first games.

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