E.A. Sports Today

Norred notches gem

White Plains right-hander throws second complete game with more than 95 pitches, blanks Munford

By East Alabama Sports Today

It may be early in the season, but White Plains’ pitcher Andrew Norred seems in midseason form.

The Wildcats right-hander threw his second complete game of the season Saturday, firing a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Munford.

Norred struck out six, walked one and stared down a threat in the second inning. He threw 96 pitches. He threw 105 pitches in a four-hitter against Gadsden City in his first start. In 14 innings this season he has allowed nine hits, two earned runs and struck out 11.

“We normally limit our pitchers early in the season,” White Plains coach Wes Henderson said. “We listen to them and they listen to their arm. The offseason time Norred has put in this year contributes to his long outings early.

“He works as hard as any player I’ve ever coached. He has prepared for this season for a long time. He has been amazing his first two starts.”

The Wildcats scored all their runs in the second inning. Andrew Cronan, Braxton Dopson and Jake Spivey (triple) drove in the runs. In the top of the inning Munford loaded the bases with no outs, then Norred got out of it with an infield fly and two strikeouts.

Carson Smith had two hits for Munford and Drew Harkins, Austin Harry and Ethan Bell had one each.

Munford 000 000 0 – 0
White Plains 030 000 x – 3

Piedmont 3, Cherokee County 2: Brant Deerman followed T.J. Fairs’ two-run double with a squeeze bunt to cap a three-run fifth inning that lifted the Bulldogs to victory.

Jy Lockridge’s leadoff homer in the fourth inning gave Cherokee County a 2-0 lead.

It was a classic pitching duel. Both pitchers threw complete games. Piedmont’s Bailey Graves allowed six hits, struck out eight and allowed only one out to the outfield. Cherokee County’s Ethan Johnson giving up four hits and striking out seven.

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Cherokee Co. 100 100 0 – 2

Alexandria drops two: Southside scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth after Alexandria rallied to tie the game in the top of the inning to win the first game 10-7, then Hewitt-Trussville’s Auburn signee Stafford Cullen held the Valley Cubs to two hits in the nightcap in a 9-1 complete game.

Three straight hits by Tony McGlaughn, Caleb Jacobs and Robert Griffin helped Southside score its three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Noah Primm and Justin Shaw each had two hits in the game and Mitch Welch had a two-run single in the fifth to help the Valley Cubs comeback along.

The Valley Cubs scored an unearned run in the first inning of the Hewitt-Trussville game, but Cullen was too strong on the mound. Besides allowing a first-inning single to Primm and a seventh-inning leadoff single to Layton Ellison, Cullen also struck out 13. At one point he retired 14 hitters in a row (10 strikeouts).

Alexandria 001 024 0 – 7
Southside 400 123 x – 10

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Hewitt-Trussville 100 350 x – 9

Westbrook Christian 6, Jacksonville 5: Stafford Cullen went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, double and go-ahead single. Andrew Dutton ripped two hits including a bases-loaded triple.

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