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Piedmont, Pruitt blanks Wellborn; White Plains baseball keeps playoff hopes alive; White Plains boys golf wins again

By East Alabama Sports Today
PIEDMONT – Logan Pruitt pitched a five-inning two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and hit a pair of doubles Tuesday to lead Piedmont over Wellborn 11-0 in the opening game of its final area series of the season.
Pruitt didn’t walk a batter and the only baserunners he allowed were back-to-back two-out singles by Jett Smith and Brayden Dempsey in the first inning. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.
Pruitt and Sean Smith both went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the game. Pruitt hit a two-run double in in the Bulldogs’ six-run first off JoJo Wyatt, Smith had an RBI double in  the first and an RBI single in the third. Brant Deerman also had two RBIs.
Wellborn        000 00 – 0 2 4
Piedmont       605 0x – 11 9 0
WP: Logan Pruitt. LP: JoJo Wyatt. 2B: Logan Pruitt 2 (P), Sean Smith (P). 
White Plains 5, Jacksonville 4: Coleman Messer and Brandon Roper had RBI singles in the go-ahead fourth inning and Matthew Clay pitched a complete game as the Wildcats kept their playoff hopes alive and eliminated Jacksonville from the race in the process.
One of these teams had to sweep the series and needs a Hokes Bluff sweep of Cherokee County to get a playoff bid. The start of the Hokes Buff-Cherokee County series was postponed to Wednesday by the weather.
“It keeps us alive,” White Plains coach Wes Henderson said. “We had to go after that first one. We feel good about it, but we’re also in the boat that we haven’t accomplished anything yet. It was important to get, but the work is going to be done Thursday.”
White Plains scored three in the first, but Jacksonville went ahead 4-3 in the second. The Wildcats retook the lead in the fourth and then turned back a threat in the fifth by turning an inning-ending double play with a runner in scoring position.
Clay and Roper both went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats. Messer and Tyler Daniel each had two hits. Clay went the distance on the mound, giving up six hits, one earned run and striking out three.
“Matthew was great as usual,” Henderson said. “We sort of blew up in the second inning, which has been our Achilles heel the last few years, but we found a way to tie it up and go ahead.
“We’ve been in that situation a lot and responded well at times and haven’t at times. It’s a credit to our kids they stayed the course. We just have to play our game. I told our guys if it’s our time to go we’ll go, if it’s not we won’t. All we can do is control what we can control.”
White Plains  300 200 0 – 5 12 2
Jacksonville    040 000 0 – 4 6 0
WP: Matthew Clay. LP: Dylan Murphy. 2B: Matthew Clay.

GOLF: White Plains boys win again

JASPER – Fresh of their Calhoun County Tournament title, the White Plains boys golf team lined up for a sixth selfie of the season Tuesday, winning the Viking Classic at Musgrove CC for their sixth tournament win.
The Wildcats counted four scores in the low 70s, shot 8-over 292 as a team and won by 22 shots over Briarwood Christian. Sylacauga was third (315) and Trinity fourth (321). Twenty-three teams were in the field.
County runner-up Wesley Jenkins birdied hit last two holes and three of his last four to shoot even-par 71. He finished second again after Aaron Davis of American Christian eagled the 18thto shoot 69.
The Wildcats also counted a 73 from Andrew Miller and 74s from Gavin Burrage and Gage Miller. Burrage played his last 15 holes in even par. The score the Wildcats didn’t count was pretty good, too; Kenny Okins shot 75.

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