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Alderman has big day at plate for Donoho; Piedmont sweeps pair; also includes softball, soccer results

By East Alabama Sports Today

Jase Alderman may have been down in the count, but he was never out.

Alderman hit a grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs Saturday as Donoho beat Fayetteville 13-8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Fayetteville salvaged a split when it won the nightcap 11-3.

Alderman’s slam came in the third inning and extended the Falcons’ lead to 11-4. He also singled home a run in the fifth inning and singled (and later scored) in the second.

“I was down in the count 0-2, just swung the bat, it went over,” Alderman said of his slam.

The Falcons took control of this one early, scoring seven runs in the first inning. They sent 12 men to the plate and did most of their damage with two outs. The first run scored on a bases-loaded walk, Reid Willamon and Slade Haney had two-run singles and two more runs scored on an error.

Fayetteville turned the tables in the nightcap, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. It added three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Donoho scored all three of its runs in the game in the sixth inning. The Falcons loaded the bases with three walks on 12 straight balls. Hall Billings singled home the first run, Seth Ford’s fielder’s choice brought home the second and Garrett Steed stole home.

Before losing in the nightcap, the Falcons were having a profitable week. They beat Faith Christian twice and Fayetteville in the opener. Their formula for success has been simple.

“Most of it’s the leadership from our one senior, Garrett Steed,” Alderman said.

The second win over Faith earned the Falcons their third straight playoff berth under coach Steve Gendron. They will travel to Hackleburg for their playoff series Friday.

“It always feels good to make the playoffs,” Alderman said.

Piedmont 4, Weaver 3: Taylor Morrow’s three-run homer in the fifth gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead, then he came on to pitch in the seventh and got the final two outs for the save.

Morrow went to the mound with two runs in, one out and the top of Weaver’s order coming to bat. He gave up a single, an infield out that scored a run, but got out of it without much damage.

Derrick Baer had two hits for the Bulldogs in the game. Nick Souder and Tyler Perez drove in Weaver’s run

Piedmont 3, Cherokee County 1: Easton Kirk hit his second homer since coming back from a knee injury and Taylor Hayes pitched a complete-game two-hitter.

Kirk’s homer came in the sixth inning after the Warriors had cut Piedmont’s lead to 2-1 in the fifth on Jy Lockridge’s RBI single. The Bulldogs scored two in the second on an RBI single by Logan Pruitt and Mason Mohon’s run-scoring fielder’s choice.

Hayes had a no-hitter for 4 2/3 innings, then gave up back-to-back singles to Collin Edwards and Lockridge in the fifth. He struck out seven, walked three and hit a batter..

Cherokee County 17, Weaver 1: Jy Lockridge went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and Chris Ray scattered four hits in a complete game. Jadon Calhoun doubled home Cody Ortiz with Weaver’s run in the first inning.

Lockridge’s RBI double gave the Warrors the lead in the third. He also had a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth. The Warriors were already in control, but broke it open with eight runs in the sixth.

Oxford 10, Cleburne County 4: Judd Moore had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with six RBIs and hitting an inside-the-park grand slam in the sixth inning to complete the Yellow Jackets’ comeback.

Cleburne County opened a 4-0 lead with four in the third inning, but the Yellow Jackets held them hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings while the offense came alive. Moore was one of the relievers who held the Tigers at bay although he walked three batters in his inning of work.

The Jackets got three runs in the fourth on Moore’s RBI double and Brody Syer’s two-run single, then took the lead on RBI singles by Moore and Garrett Heard.

Briarwood Christian 7, Oxford 2: The Lions held Oxford to one hit for 4 2/3 innings while opening a 4-0 lead. While the Yellow Jackets had plenty of runners, Jack Peavey’s leadoff single in the fourth was their only hit until Jarin Turner’s RBI single in the with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Handley 7, Cleburne County 1: Jaxon Whaley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and pitched six innings of five-hit ball. Cleburne County scored its run in the fifth when Nick Dunston singled home Cade Smith. Colby Cagle also went 3-for-4 for Handley. Brock Swafford had two of Heflin’s hits. Briarwood Christian handled Handley 7-2.

Jacksonville 13, Wellborn 3: The Golden Eagles broke a 1-1 tie with three in the third inning and then broke open the game with eight in the sixth. Brant Deerman’s sacrifice fly gave Jacksonville the lead in the third. The Eagles were leading 5-3 when they erupted in the sixth after an RBI triple by Colin Casey.

Casey went 3-for-4 to lead Jacksonville’s 15-hit attack. Colton Clark went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Blake Morris drove in two runs and Morris, Evan Shook and Mak Curry had two hits apiece.

Guntersville 12-8, Alexandria 2-6: The Wildcats spotted Alexandria a run in the first, then scored 10 before the Valley Cubs crossed the plate again. Sawyer Walker went 3-fo-3 and drove in four runs for Guntersville. Austin Goode went 3-for-3 and Griffin Carroll had two hits for the Valley Cubs.

The Valley Cubs gave up six runs in the first inning of the nightcap and nearly came all the way back. They trailed 8-2, but scored four in the fifth to make it interesting. They scored a run on a ground out, another on a balk and their final two on Nate McCallum’s two-run double. Jeremy Tant had two hits for the Valley Cubs.


Glencoe 10, Cedar Bluff 7: The Lady Jackets sent 14 batters to the plate in a 10-run third inning that erased a 7-0 deficit. Skylar Thompson drove in the first two runs of the inning and had three RBIs before it ended. Breia Little’s two-run single gave Glencoe the lead. Mykal Edwards, Madilyn Gorham, Gracey Gough and Sydney Burns also singled home runs in the inning.

Glencoe 14, Fyffe 0: The Lady Jackets used two big innings to win. Evan Burns and Madilyn Gorham each drove in three runs. Breia Little, Skylar Thompson and Gorham had two hits apiece. Hylan Higdon threw a three-inning three-hitter.

Glencoe 10, Ragland 1: Kenleigh Harper went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Evan Burns drove in a pair of runs with two hits.

Spring Garden 18, Glencoe 3: Spring Garden’s Payton McGinnis went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs and Abbey Steward had three hits and three RBIs. Payton Traffanstedt, Kerstin Bryant and Charley Grissom all had two hits and two RBIs.

Moody 6, Cleburne County 2: Heavenly Jackson’s three-run home highlighted a five run third that put the Lady Blue Devils ahead. Kiara Akles went 3-for-3 for Cleburne County, while Tatiana Ervin and Amber Parker had two hits each.

Cleburne County 8, Oneonta 6: Kiara Akles threw 4 1/3 shutout innings and hit two RBI doubles as the Lady Tigers opened an 8-0 lead. Akles and Caitlyn Caffee both had two hits and two RBIs. Amber Parker had two RBIs and Skylar Shierling had two hits.

Weaver boys 3, Faith Christian 1:
Osbaldo Garcia, Nick Torres and Noah Hotaling all scored goals for the Bearcats. Garcia also had an assist.

Weaver girls 2, Faith Christian 1: Kayleigh Hindsman and Caleigh Cortez both scored goals for the Lady Bearcats.

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