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Heflin gets homer happy

Prep roundup: Cleburne County, Alexandria, Glencoe score big in softball; Ohatchee, PV, Munford dazzle on diamond

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Thursday’s Softball Scores
Alexandria 9, Southside 6
Boaz 2, Gadsden City 0
Cherokee County 11, Jacksonville 8
Cleburne County 12, White Plains 4
Glencoe 14, Gaston 3
Munford 11, B.B. Comer 0
Piedmont 12, Hokes Bluff 1
Pleasant Valley 12, Ohatchee 6 (6 inns.)

By East Alabama Sports Today

HEFLIN – Skylar Shierling hit her first two varsity home runs and winning pitcher Amber Parker hit a grand slam as Cleburne County used the long ball to power one of its most prolific nights at the plate in a 12-4 softball victory over White Plains Thursday.

The Lady Tigers (4-2) hit five homers altogether in their 16-hit attack. Kiara Akles and Chelsea Parker hit the other two.

“We’re proud of it,” Lady Tigers coach Ron Ervin said. “Those kids, they’ve worked hard this season as far as investing a lot of time hitting. They’ve been hitting the ball hard. I think they were reaping the rewards of all the work they put in.”

Especially Shierling. The junior hit a solo shot in the first inning to tie the game and hit her second in the sixth as the front end of back-to-back blasts with Akles. Chelsea Parker hit a three-run homer in the third and Amber Parker hit her slam in the fifth after White Plains closed to within 5-4.

Shierling and Akles both had three hits in the game. Mallory Nolen, Chelsea Parker and Caitlyn Caffee all had two. The first six hitters in the Lady Tigers’ lineup were a combined 13-for-21 with 11 runs and 11 RBIs.

“She’s always been that line-drive hitter,” Ervin said of Shierling. “She hits it great, but doesn’t hit it out. These (homers) were on a line, but tonight they went out of the park.”

Amber Parker pitched the first four innings and struck out six for the win, while Akles threw two shutout innings of relief.

Alexandria 9, Southside 6: Mattie Wade went 3-for-3 and Timberlyn Shurbutt hit a solo homer in the fifth to power the Lady Cubs. Wade, Shurbutt and Allison Bonds each had two RBIs. Madi Snow also had two hits and Allison Bonds also drove in two runs. The Lady Cubs took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. Leighton Sparks, Emmah Rolfe and Shurbutt drove in the runs.

Glencoe 14, Gaston 3: Mykal Edwards hit a three-run double in the first inning and the Lady Yellow Jackets never stopped hitting. Breia Little went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Gracey Gough homered and drove in three runs, and Sydney Burns, Evan Burns and Skylar Thompson all had two hits.

Pleasant Valley 12, Ohatchee 2 (6 inns.) The Lady Raiders had their hitting and running shoes on as they pounded five extra-base hits and improved to 5-0 on the season. Kara Perry had two doubles and three RBIs, Atleigh Brannon hit a two-run homer and Taylor Williams and Alisa St. John both hit doubles. Savannah Williams scored four runs and Lindsey Pritchett had two stolen bases and scored twice. Olivia Jones pitched the win, giving up two hits, striking out three and not allowing an earned run in five innings.

Thursday’s Baseball Scores
Alexandria 12, Westbrook Christian 2
Clay Central 13, Holtville 2
Glencoe 9, Wellborn 0
Handley 4, Cleburne County 2
Hokes Bluff 16, Saks 2
Munford 5, Lincoln 0
Ohatchee 6, Gaston 4
Pleasant Valley 10, White Plains 9
Springville 7, Gadsden City 6
Victory Christian 10, Faith Christian 0

Ohatchee 6, Gaston 4: Larry Noah’s two-run single in the third inning staked the Indians to a 4-1 lead and Taylor Eubanks raced home with what proved to be the winning run on the fourth after hitting a leadoff triple. Eubanks went 3-for-4 in the game, while Noah, Jesse Sellers and Kevin Williamson all had two hits apiece. Chase Widgeon, the starter among five pitchers used by coach Blake Jennings, was the winning pitcher.

Munford 5, Lincoln 0: Dawson Strickland and Tanner Reeves combined on a one-hitter and Zayy Britt ripped an RBI triple as the Lions won in the semifinals of the Talladega County Tournament. Lincoln’s only hit came in the sixth inning. Reeves struck out all four batters he faced. Munford now awaits the the winner of Friday’s 4 p.m. semifinal between Sylacauga and Childersburg for the championship at 6 p.m.

Pleasant Valley 10, White Plains 9: Tristan Salter went 3-for-3 with a homer and Alex Parris had two hits and two RBIs for the Raiders.

Glencoe 9, Wellborn 0: Paul Hicks blanked the Panthers on four hits and the Yellow Jackets erupted for nine runs in the sixth to break up a pitchers’ duel and make him a winner. Cam Harris’ two-run bases-loaded shot to the gap broke the scoreless tie and opened the floodgates. Brandt Denham and Ken Harris each had two hits for Wellborn.

Handley 4, Cleburne County 2 Handley pushed across a pair of runs in the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie. Jaxon Whaley scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch after doubling earlier in the inning and Dre Watkins drove home the insurance run with a triple, his second hit of the game. Kyle Lester, the second of four Handley pitchers, was the winner. Whaley got the final two outs after Heflin put runners at second and third with for the save.

Josh Davis, Noah Gaines and Kade Clark had two hits apiece for Cleburne County. Gaines scored the tying run in the sixth on an error after Rhett Fetner’s double gave Handley a 2-1 lead in the fifth.


Glencoe’s Lauren Cole shot 29 on Silver Lakes’ Heartbreaker 9 to win medalist honors in a match with Etowah, Hokes Bluff and Cedar Bluff that was shortened to seven holes due to darkness. Etowah shot 134 to win the team match. Miranda Nassif shot 34 to lead the Blue Devils.

GLENCOE: Lauren Cole 29, Camryn Blackwell 54.
ETOWAH (134): Miranda Nassif 34, Carly Campbell 52, Kaina Griffith 48.
HOKES BLUFF (153): Amber Bigelow 43, Abagail Reeves 53, Mazin Lowe 57.
CEDAR BLUFF: Russell Givens 44.

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