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Preus, Auburn win at Silver Lakes

Spring roundup: Preus posts 2-under 70 for Yellow Jackets Invitational medal; also, county baseball tourney change, baseball, softball results

By East Alabama Sports Today

SILVER LAKES – Auburn’s Elisabeth Preus birdied her first hole of the day and wound up shooting 2-under-par 70 to win medalist honors and lead her team to the Yellow Jacket Invitational title.

The Lady Tigers shot 231 as a team on the cold and windy day and won by 25 shots over runnerup Hoover. Defending champion Spain Park was third (258).

Preus had four birdies in her round, turned in 2-under and won by six shots over defending medalist Caroline Waldrop of Spain Park and Mikayla Dubnik of Hartselle.

Dubnik was 4-over after three holes, but finished with a flourish, eagling the par-4 Mindbreaker ninth to pull into a tie for second. Waldrop turned in 5-over and shot 1-under on the Mindbreaker.

Among the top Calhoun County players, Oxford’s Anna Bolton and White Plains’ Lexee Cunningham both shot 88.

“It was very good early season golf for March,” Glencoe host coach Jason Pierce said. “Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get with the weather, but we got cold and wet today. It wasn’t ideal, but you had some really good golf.”

At Silver Lakes
Elisabeth Preus, Aub 70
Mikayla Dubnik, Hart 76
Caroline Waldrop, SP 76
Carson McKie, Hoov 78
Anna Claire Little, Aub 79
Caroline MacVicar, Nor 81
Morgan Jones, Aub 82
Laura Catherine Goodson, MB 84
Kate MacVicar, Nor 84
Jinger Heath, Hart 85
Neysa Dechachutinan, Hoov 85
Emily Baker, Hoov 87
Sarah Utley, Hunt 87
Eleanor Kerr, MB 87
Anna Bolton, Ox 88
Lexee Cunningham, WP 88
Lauren Cole, Glen 89
Anna Margaret Hayes, MS 89
Marilyn Steed, SP 89
Savannah Johnson, Hunt 91
Baylie Webb, WP 91

AUBURN (231) – Elisabeth Preus 70, Morgan Jones 82, Anna Claire Little 79, Lola Grossman 100, x-Amanda Byers 114.
HOOVER (256) – Carson McKie 78, Neysa Dechachutinan 85, Helen Lunsford 95, Danielle Buompastore 93, x-Emily Baker 87, x-Julia Freeman 100.
SPAIN PARK (258) – Caroline Waldrop 76, Marilyn Steed 89, Caroline McCabe 93, Gabby Saia 129, x-Manasa Chintala 145.
NORTHRIDGE (261) – Caroline MacVicar 81, Kate MacVicar 84, Chelsie Elliott 96, Marly Bolton 126.
MOUNTAIN BROOK (264) – Laura Catherine Goodson 84, Emma Hallman 93, EK Parker 98, Eleanor Kerr 87, x-Helen Walthall 103.
HUNTSVILLE (270) – Sarah Utley 87, Savannah Johnson 91, Markie Nelson 92, Megan Grosnick 118.
WHITE PLAINS (271) – Hanna Dyar 92, Lexee Cunningham 88, Baylie Webb 91, Allison Arenth 101, x-Caitlin Lewis 107.
HARTSELLE (274) – Mikayla Dubnik 76, Jinger Heath 85, Lauren Temples 126, Alyssa Berry 113, x-Maddie Grace Gladden 124.
MUSCLE SHOALS (282) – Anna Margaret Hayes 89, Samantha Shelton 97, Riya Key 99, Reagan Daniel 96, x-Madison Craigge 111.
VESTAVIA HILLS (309) – Madie Nelson 98, Sam Ferguson 106, Rachel Kaiser 143, Emily Kirby 105, x-Julianna Dennis 121, x-Abby Atchison 117.
OAK MOUNTAIN (320) – Sarah Hartsell 96, Charlie McKinney 118, Bella Carisle 121, Katie Gray 106.
GADSDEN CITY (335) – Ella Howard 100, Alana Mulket 113, Haley James 122, Daisy Allen 131.
GLENCOE (337) – Lauren Cole 89, Abby Powell 122, Camryn Blackwell 126.
ALEXANDRIA (352) – Gracie Muncher 97, Madison Chastain 132, Ashley Parker 123.
BOB JONES (359) – Allie Brown 110, Georgie Karahalis 125, Maddee Martin 143, Isabella Brengman 124.
PLEASANT VALLEY (367) – Gabby Fagan 123, Marley Wright 119, Gracey Davis 147, Laura Knight 125.
FORT PAYNE (403) – Lilly Martin 126, Meg Martin 127, Kaelan Shankles 158, Taulula Belle Scott 150.
HOKES BLUFF (410) – Abagail Reeves 132, Mazin Lowe 132, Maddie O’Bar 146, Alyssa Banson 154, x-Abby Morrison 136.
WEAVER (443) – Cara Burgess 131, Carmela Reese 146, Autumn Ray 164.
BOAZ – x-Sydney Hanson 114.
OXFORD – x-Kayla Huckeba 101, x-Anna Bolton 88.

BASEBALL: County Tournament schedule change

The schedule for Saturday’s round of the Calhoun County Baseball Tournament at Choccolocco Park has been altered to accommodate Alexandria’s prom schedule later that day. The Valley Cubs and Piedmont will swap time slots.

Third-seeded Piedmont will now play the White Plains-Donoho winner on the Signature Field at 3 p.m. Depending on the outcome of Friday’s game between Ohatchee and JCA, second-seeded Alexandria will play at 9:30 a.m. on Field 1 if JCA wins and 12:30 p.m. on Field 1 if Ohatchee wins.

Thursday’s Games
Donoho 10, Ranburne 8
Hokes Bluff 23, Piedmont 0
Westbrook Christian 8, Alexandria 7

Hokes Bluff 23, Piedmont 0: Dylan Teague allowed one hit and struck out nine in five innings and the Eagles pounded 17 hits to hand the Bulldogs their fourth straight loss.

Teague also went 3-for-4 at the plate. Houston Edwards and Caleb McGinnis both drove in four runs, while Jackson Fielding, Landon Johnson and Drake Rainey each drove in three.

Silas Thompson had Piedmont’s only hit – and two-out single in the third – and was the Bulldogs’ only baserunner.

Hokes Bluff 575 71 – 23 17 0
Piedmont 000 00 – 0 1 4

Westbrook Christian 8, Alexandria 7: The Warriors pushed five runs across in the sixth inning after Alexandria took a 5-3 lead in the fifth and held off a threat in the bottom of the seventh to win.

Westbrook starter Jordan Reynolds struck out six in four innings, but Greysen Robinson got the win in relief. Garret Kennedy went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Sam Dutton had two hits and John Ross Morgan went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Valley Cubs had the tying run in scoring position with two outs in the seventh, but Justin Shaw hit a hard liner right at right fielder Addison Ponder for the final out of the game.

Westbrook 300 005 0 – 8 10 3
Alexandria 001 042 0 – 7 3 2

SOFTBALL: PV keeps rolling

Thursday’s Games
Gardendale 10, Oxford 2
Pleasant Valley 9, Spring Garden 4

Pleasant Valley 9, Spring Garden 4: The way the Lady Raiders (7-2) are hitting the ball this season they’re never out of any game. They erupted for eight runs in their final two bats to erase a 4-1 deficit in their latest win.

The Lady Raiders’ first four batters reached base in the fifth and all scored, highlighted by Mikayla Kendrick’s two-run double; Ava Boozer and Bailey Harris also drove home runs in the inning. They batted around again in the sixth with Mac Parris, Kendrick, Harris and Rylee Haynes driving home runs.

Every spot in the lineup had at least one hit in the game. Harris and Cortney Williams both had three hits. Parris had two hits and two RBIs. The Lady Raiders are batting .476 as a team through nine games and averaging almost 10 runs a game, while holding their opponents to a shade over three. Olivia Jones went the distance in the circle, striking out eight, to get the win.

“We have had good starts in the past, but this team has really set itself apart by focusing on the team and being unselfish,” PV coach David Bryant said. “The leadership on this team has been great.

“If this group can avoid the injuries and the drama bug it will be a special year filled with great memories. It’s been great so far and I’m excited to see what is ahead.”

Immediately ahead are games against Saks (4:30) and Etowah (5:45) Friday in the White Plains Tournament at Choccolocco Park.

Spring Garden 010 030 0 – 4 8 2
Pleasant Valley 100 044 x – 9 16 4

Gardendale 10, Oxford 2: Kylie Franklin hit a two-run double and Kaylie Vaughn homered in a four-run Gardendale first inning and the Lady Jackets never recovered. Oxford collected eight hits in the game.

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