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Friday softball

Parker shakes off the rust of her comeback with 2 HRs; Oxford’s pitchers fire two gems, Waldrep throws a perfect game

By East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Chelsea Parker has been working her way back into the swing of things after suffering a torn ACL during basketball season and Friday night she broke out.

Parker drove in seven runs with a three-run homer and a grand slam as the Lady Tigers routed Etowah 11-0 Friday in pool play of the Pleasant Valley tournament at Choccolocco Park. The Lady Tigers also beat Saks 4-2.

“It was awesome seeing her get the home runs tonight,” said Lady Tigers’ assistant coach Todd Gable, Parker’s basketball coach. “She’s been trying to get the swing and timing back and she did tonight.

“Both shots were over the center field fence and we knew they were gone when it left the bat. It’s nice having her in the 4-spot when she can do that.”

Kiara Akles gave up one hit and struck out eight in four innings. Parker was just one of the big bats that supported her. Skylark Shierling went 2-for-2, Akles doubled home a run and Madison Higgins had a double and two RBIs.

Cleburne County 4, Saks 2: The Lady Tigers ran the bases aggressively, collecting eight stolen bases. Ankles went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, Gracie Butcher had a double and RBI. Madison Higgins ws the winning pitcher, giving up five hits and striking out six in sis innings.

Oxford 2, Mortimer Jordan 0: Rylee Waldrep set down 15 straight batters and struck out eight in a five-inning perfect game. Waldrep threw 61 pitches in the time-limit game, 46 for strikes. She struck out at least one batter in every inning, including the last out of the game on three pitches. Bailey Clark drove home both of the Yellow Jackets’ runs, with a double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the third. Kaylynn Garrett had Oxford’s other two hits in the game.

Oxford 16, Childersburg 0: The Lady Jackets scored 10 runs in the first inning and JoJo Skinner gave up one hit with four strikeouts in the three-inning game. Sarah Howell went 3-for-3, Haley Lyner hit a two-run inside-the-park homer in the first and five other players had two hits apiece. Brantli Champion and Ashlyn Miller both were 2-for-2.

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