E.A. Sports Today

Updated Thursday prep report

Includes Ragland’s pitching powers baseball sweep; Oxford, PV softball games, Friday’s schedule for Southside softball tourney

Thursday’s results
Ragland 11, Wadley 1
Ragland 13, Wadley 0

Oxford 7, Piedmont 2
Spring Garden 9, Pleasant Valley 7

Ragland 11-13, Wadley 1-0

RAGLAND — The Purple Devils got two strong pitching performances to win their opening round series in the Class 1A playoffs.

Jeremy Burnham threw a two-hitter in the first game and senior Jagger Phillips spun a perfect game in the nightcap. Both pitchers struck out eight.

Phillips didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in his gem.

“He threw all three of his pitches for strikes and the only got behind one hitter — and that was my fault with bad pitch-calling to a batter,” Ragland coach Rodney Lipscomb said.

Grant Newton had two hits for Ragland in the first game. In the nightcap, Stoney Merritt went 3-for-3 and Burnham had two hits.

The Purple Devils will host the Shades Mt. Christian-Victory Christian winner next Friday.

Oxford 7, Piedmont 2

PIEDMONT — Taylor Ellison and JoJo Skinner both hit RBI doubles in a four-run second inning that got the third-ranked Lady Jackets (30-8) started and Skinner made it stand with 11 strikeouts from the circle.

Ashlyn Miller went 3-for-4, Amber Dempsey had two hits and Skinner and Ashleigh Reaves both had two RBIs.

Kaitlyn Ridley homered for Piedmont (22-16).

Spring Garden 9, Pleasant Valley 7

JACKSONVILLE – Spring Garden took advantage of 10 Pleasant Valley errors to win the battle of top 10 teams at Jacksonville State.

The Lady Panthers (28-8), ranked second in Class 1A, took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the fifth and extended it to 9-5 with three in the sixth.

Atleigh Brannon went 5-for-5 for PV, Mckinley Parris went 3-for-3 and Mikayla Kendrick homered with one of her two hits. Taylor Williams and Alisa St. John also had two hits for the Lady Raiders (25-14-1), ranked ninth in Class 3A.

Southside Invitational
Here is the Friday schedule for the Southside Invitational:

Southside Complex
Field 1
Oxford vs. Lincoln, 5 p.m.
Lincoln vs. Springville, 6:30 p.m.

Field 2
Piedmont vs. Springville, 5 p.m.
Moody vs. Piedmont, 6:30 p.m.

Southside High School
Moody vs. Alexandria, 5 p.m.
Alexandria vs. Southside, 6:30 p.m.
Southside vs. Oxford, 8 p.m.

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