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Weekend roundup

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Saturday baseball scores
Alexandria 3, Arab 1
Cherokee County 6, Gadsden City 5
Cherokee County 6, Ramsay 0
Cleburne County 9, White Plains 6
Grissom 4, Oxford 1
Hazel Green 9, Alexandria 1
Hokes Bluff 15, Saks 0
Hokes Bluff 15, Weaver 2
Jacksonville 12, Guntersville 2
JCA 25, Anniston 1
Ohatchee 5, Pleasant Valley 4
Oxford 4, Vestavia Hills 3
Piedmont 9, Cleburne County 3
Ragland 8, Ohatchee 0
Ragland 14, Pleasant Valley 5
Saks 10, Weaver 8
Spring Garden 11, Sand Rock 4
West End 11, Glencoe 3
White Plains 14, Piedmont 1
Winterboro 16, Anniston 2

By East Alabama Sports Today

OHATCHEE – Jeremy Burnham threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and Noah Hollingsworth hit a solo home run as Ragland blanked Ohatchee 8-0 as part of a doubleheader sweep of Calhoun County teams Saturday. The Purple Devils (3-0) also handled Pleasant Valley 14-4.

In the Pleasant Valley game, Grant Newton scattered seven hits and got offensive support from Jaylen Byers (three hits) and Burnham (two hits). Byers and Coby Fuller both had two hits in the Ohatchee game.

“We left a lot of runners on base for the day, but we played really good defense all day along with good pitching,” Ragland coach Rodney Lipscomb said. “(Burnham) was dominant today even though I didn’t think he had his best stuff. He’s got a really nasty curve, but was having trouble getting it over for a strike today. When he has that going he is really hard to beat in any classification.”

Cleburne County 9, White Plains 6: Noah Gaines drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a two-run single in a five-run fifth that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead. The Wildcats got four in the bottom of the inning on Jacob McCulley’s two-run inside-the-park homer, an RBI double by Andrew Cronan, and a run-scoring fielders choice by Andrew Norred. The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh.

Damain Benefield had three hits in the Tigers’ 14-hit attack. Gaines, Brock Swafford and Trevor Houston had three hits apiece. McCulley, Jake Spivey and Tucker Harrell had two hits each for White Plains.

White Plains 14, Piedmont 1: The Wildcats erupted for eight runs in the first inning and Andrew Cronan held the Bulldogs to one earned run and foul hits over the first four innings. White Plains sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning. At one point eight straight batters reached base safely, seven of them scored and six drove in runs. Andrew Norred capped the spree with a two-run double. Cronan went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in two runs, Michael McGuirk drove in two runs and Jacob McCulley had three RBIs.

Piedmont 9, Cleburne County 3: Taylor Morrow, who started the White Plains game for Piedmont, had it a little better in the Bulldogs’ second game, belting his first career grand slam in the fifth inning to put Piedmont ahead for good. The blast came after the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs. Easton Kirk hit a solo homer in the fourth inning. Taylor Hayes gave up an unearned run and struck out 10 in six innings. Hayes also had two hits and two RBIs. Brock Swafford and Jordan Brown had two hits apiece for Cleburne County.

Oxford 4, Vestavia Hills 3: Caden Higgins scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth when he raced home from second on an infield throwing error. Brennan McCullough had three hits and two RBIs, while Brody Syer and Higgins had two hits apiece. Alabama commitment Jarin Turner threw a complete game and ended it with a strikeout after the Rebels opened the eighth with a double and moved the runner to third with one out.

Grissom 4, Oxford 1: Nate Lloyd homered for the Yellow Jackets in the fourth inning, but Grissom added two insurance runs in the home sixth.


Pleasant Valley had a little of everything in going 1-2-1 in the Wallace State Tournament. The Lady Raiders won a close game, lost a close game, lost a one-sided game and played to a tie. They beat Guntersville 5-4, lost to Good Hope (6-5) and Cordova (9-4) and tied Rogers (4-4).

Mikayla Kendrick pounded seven hits, including two doubles and a homer, and drove in four runs in the tournament. Atleigh Brannon had six hits, including two triples. Kara Perry and Taylor Williams both had three hits and three RBIs, and McKinley Parris had four hits. Olivia Jones was the winning pitcher in the Guntersville game.

Springville 8, Alexandria 2: The Tigers broke open a close game with seven runs in the final two innings, highlighted by two-run homers from Katie Emmal and Lexie DeLorenzo. The Lady Cubs managed three hits, but two of them were Jessica Shaw’s double and Timberlyn Shurtbutt’s homer in the bottom of the sixth.

Alexandria 6, Wellborn 2: Madi Snow went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Timberlyn Shurbutt had two hits and Jessica Shaw drove in two runs for the Lady Cubs. Alexandria had a pair of three-run innings in the game. Run-scoring singles by Shurbutt and Wade and an RBI ground out by Shaw in consecutive at-bats highlighted the third and an RBI single by Shaw and two-run double by Snow highlighted the fifth. Blakley Copp had two hits for Wellborn.

Hewitt-Trussville 3, Oxford 2: Abigail Dorsett’s sacrifice for the second out of the home fifth inning drove home the winning run. Both teams scored twice in the fourth inning. Haley Lyner homered and Brentli Champion hit a two-out RBI double for Oxford. Crystal Maze hit a two-out two-run homer for the Huskies.


The Oxford boys and the Ohatchee girls have the distinction of winning the first track meet ever run on the new track at Choccolocco Park. The Yellow Jackets boys scored 323 points and the Ohatchee girls scored 262 in winning the Oxford Invitational.

Here are the team scores – Boys: Oxford 343, Ohatchee 149.5, Handley 136, Alexandria 44.5; Girls: Ohatchee 262, Alexandria 149, Handley 113, Oxford 110.

The Oxford boys won 11 events. Laquavious Ford won both sprints and ran legs on two of the three winning relays. Trevon Sanders won both hurdles. The Yellow Jackets’ other event winners were Reed Robinson (800), Desmond Cooley (high jump), Jalene Willis (long jump) and Javon Glenn (triple jump). Freshman Shania Vincent led the Oxford girls with wins in both sprints and running legs on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Ohatchee had seven winners in the girls meet, five in the boys meet. Jayda Fair won the 800, 1600, 3200 and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4×800 relay; Anna Bryant won pole vault, Marli Hanks high jump, and Kourtney Shuler javelin. Brittany Caywood, Victoria McRaney and Ashley Phillips also ran legs on the winning relay. Gabe Hammonds won the 1600 and 3200, Austin Snelling won discus, Cameron Ray shot put and Brennan Wink pole vault

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