E.A. Sports Today

Donoho wins classic

Monday roundup: Wakefield sharp as Donoho girls edge Sacred Heart, move closer to area soccer title; also, tennis sectionals, baseball, softball
 
By East Alabama Sports Today
 
The county champion Donoho girls soccer team moved a big step closer to clinching their area championship Monday night when they took a 1-0 classico from rival Sacred Heart in a game decided in the second round of penalty kicks.
 
The teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation and overtime. They tied in the first round of penalty kicks 3-3, then Donoho outscored Sacred Heart 3-0 in the second wave as the officials played another best-of-five PK round.
 
“It was a fantastic team effort tonight,” Donoho coach Jay Jenkins said. “They have more talent than we do; they are a better squad than we are, quite frankly. They had a real good game plan and we managed to will ourselves to a win tonight. It was something else.”
 
In the first round of penalty kicks, Donoho keeper Maggie Wakefield turned back Sacred Heart hammer Abbie Vingers on what would have been a game-clinching goal and then came out of the net and scored the tying goal to extend the match. Wakefield stopped all three shots she faced in the second round. Emma Burk Owsley scored the clinching PK.
 
I hate to say it like this, but I’ve learned to expect that from that child,” Jenkins said of Wakefield. “She’s got ice in her veins. That’s what makes her a great keeper and great in clutch situations. She’s always rising to the occasion.”
 
Sacred Heart won the first meeting between the teams this season 2-1 with a goal in the final two minutes of the match. Donoho evened the “series” when they beat the Vingers-less Lady Cardinals 5-0 in the county tournament championship game.
 
“We knew going in it was going to be a fight,” Jenkins said. “It was going to be close and were prepared for it to go to this scenario.”
 
The Lady Falcons have one more area game to play and as long as they beat Saks or don’t lose by more than two goals, they’ll clinch the area title and host Fultondale in their first-round playoff game. Sacred Heart is the second team from the area and will travel to Altamont to open the playoffs.

TENNIS: Donoho girls win sectional again

JACKSONVILLE – The Donoho girls won eight of nine title matches and took the Class 1A-2A-3A Section 4 championship for the fourth year in a row.
 
The Lady Falcons scored 60 points. Faith Christian, as runners-up, will join Donoho in Montgomery next week for the State Tournament.
 
Emma Wiedmer defended her position as top girls player from Section 4 in singles, and teamed with No. 3 singles winner Virginia Hutto to repeat as the top doubles team.
 
No. 2 Donoho player Claire Hillman, an eighth-grader, did not drop a game in claiming her singles draw, and only dropped one game at No. 2 doubles with partner Lily Grace Draper.
 
It was a windy day at the JSU courts, making for challenging conditions. The boys sectional is Tuesday.
 
Team scores: Donoho 60, Faith Christian 33, Sylvania 24, Westbrook Christian 19, Victory Christian 7, Pleasant Valley 0.
 
Individual results
No. 1 Singles: Mary Griffin (V) d. Karina Jones (PV), 10-0; Zana Christjohn (F) d. Natalie Easterby (S), 10-0; Emma Wiedmer (D) d. Griffin (V), 10-3; Baden Kemp (W) d. Christjohn (F), 10-8; Finals –Wiedmer (D) d. Kemp (W), 6-2, 6-4.
 
No. 2 Singles: Audrey Schrader (S) d. Libbie Davenport (V), 10-3; Sarah Jessica Christjohn (F) d. Maci Meadows (PV), 10-0; Claire Hillman (D) d. Schrader (S), 10-0; Christjohn (F) d. Sara Elizabeth Goodwin (W), 10-2; Finals – Hillman (D) d. Christjohn (F), 6-0, 6-0.
 
No. 3 Singles: Ann Caroline Miller (W) d. Riley Chasteen (V), 10-5; Lacey Hall (S) d. Rileigh Kirsch (PV), 10-1; Virginia Hutto (D) d. Miller (W), 10-1; Kristin Covington (F) d. Hall (S), 10-2; Finals – Hutto (D) d. Covington (F), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
 
No. 4 Singles: Sarah Smothers (S) d. Brooke Seawright (W), 10-4; Susanna Weir (V) d. Madi Hayes (PV), 10-8; Lily Grace Draper (D) d. Smothers (S), 10-1; Meagan Ford (F), d. Weir (V), 10-3; Finals – Draper (D) d. Ford (F), 6-0, 6-0;
 
No. 5 Singles: Ann-Elizabeth Gregerson (W) d. Kaylee Tunnell (V), 10-4; Baylee Blevins (S) d. Allison Vess (PV), 10-1; Claire Walker (D) d. Gregerson (W), 10-4; Dacey Dunaway (F) d. Blevins (S), 10-6; Finals – Walker (D) d. Dunaway (F), 6-1, 6-1.
 
No. 6 Singles: Lilly Echeverri (W) d. Rebecca Travis (PV), 10-0; Cloey Morgan (S) d. Ella Brooke Wydemon (V), 10-2; Mary Marshall Perry (D) d. Echeverri (W), 10-0; Morgan (S) d. Kassidy Nix (F), 10-2; Finals – Perry (D) d. Morgan (S), 6-0, 6-2.
 
No. 1 Doubles: Kemp/Goodwin (W) d. Schrader/Hall (S), 10-1; Griffin/Davenport (V) d. Jones/Meadows (PV), 10-3; Wiedmer/Hutto (D) d. Kemp/Goodwin (W), 10-5; Christjohn/Christjohn (F) d. Griffin/Davenport (V), 10-6; Finals – Wiedmer/Hutto (D) d. Christjohn/Christjohn (F), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
 
No. 2 Doubles:  Easterby/Little (S) d. Chasteen/Weir (V), 10-4; Miller/Seawright (W) d. Kirsch/Hayes (PV), 10-0; Hillman/Draper (D) d. Easterby/Little (S), 10-0; Covington/Ford (F) d. Miller/Seawright (W), 10-5; Finals – Hillman/Draper (D) d. Covington/Ford (F), 6-1, 6-0.
 
No. 3 Doubles: Dunaway/Nix (F) d. Vess/Cram (PV), 10-2; Gregerson/Harvey (W) d. Tunnell/Wydemon (V), 10-7; Smothers/Blevins (S) d. Dunaway/Nix (F), 10-3; Walker/Perry (D) d. Gregerson/Harvey (W), 10-1; Finals – Smothers/Blevins (S) d. Walker/Perry (D), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

BASEBALL: Weaver tops Ragland

Monday’s scores
Clay Central 6, White Plains 4
Hokes Bluff 5, Piedmont 1
Lincoln 7, Saks 3
Munford 12-3, Pleasant Valley 2-2
Weaver 8, Ragland 2
 
Weaver 8, Ragland 2: Austin Bryant’s first of two doubles drove in a pair of runs in a three-run first inning that sent the Bearcats on their way to victory in a battle between playoff teams. Bryant and Colby Thompson both had two hits and two RBIs, and Dylan Deloach had two RBIs. Thompson also pitched a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts.
 
Ragland           000 020 0 – 2 4 1
Weaver            300 104 x – 8 10 0
WP: Colby Thompson. LP: Logan Buckner. 2B: Logan Buckner (R), Austin Bryant 2 (W). 3B: Dylan Deloach (W).
 
Munford 12-3, Pleasant Valley 2-2: Dakota Green’s two-run single with none out in the fifth inning gave the Lions a walk-off win in the five-inning nightcap to complete a sweep of their doubleheader. In the opener, Payton Graben went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Lawson Molden went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Alex Parris had two hits for PV in the opener and Colby Nelson’s two-run homer gave it a 2-0 lead in the nightcap.
 
Game 1
Pleasant Valley 002 00 – 2 4 3
Munford           344 1x – 12 8 3
WP: Dawson Strickland. LP: Colby Nelson. 2B: Payton Graben 2 (M), Cannon Brasher (M), Lawson Molden (M), Dawson Strickland (M), Dakota Green (M).
 
Game 2
Pleasant Valley 020 00 – 2 2 1
Munford           001 02 – 3 5 2
WP: Dakota Green. LP: Ridge Fagan. 2B:  Dakota Green (M). HR: Colby Nelson (PV).
 
Hokes Bluff 5, Piedmont 1: The Eagles scored four unearned runs in a five-run fourth to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Jack Hayes drove in the Bulldogs’ run in the third when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
 
Piedmont         001 000 0 – 1 4 3
Hokes Bluff      000 500 x – 5 6 0
WP: Caleb McGinnis. LP: Bryce Walter. 
 
Clay Central 6, White Plains 4:  Brad Ogles went 4-for-4 and pitched the final inning to earn the save. Bailey Chappell hit a game-tying two-run double in the Vols’ four-run fourth. Brendan Roper had two hits and drove home a run with a ground out in the seventh.
 
Clay Central     100 401 0 – 6 12 3
White Plains    102 000 1 – 4 5 2
WP: Tanner Hurst. LP: Matthew Clay. 2B: Brendan Roper (WP), Brad Ogles (CC), Bailey Chappell (CC), Clay Yates (CC)
 
Lincoln 7, Saks 3: Bases-loaded walks to Braxton Watson and Trey Scott and RBI singles by Dawson Jackson and Jesse Barrentine produced a four-run first inning that put Lincoln on top. Saks cut its deficit to 4-3 in the fourth, but the Golden Bears pushed across an insurance run in the bottom of the inning on Tristian Payton’s RBI single.
 
Saks    010 200 0 – 3 7 0
Lincoln 400 102 x – 7 10 0
WP: Dalton Popham. LP: Hunter McLeod. 2B: Malik Carlisle (S).

SOFTBALL: PV inches closer to area crown

Monday’s scores
Faith Christian 8, Wadley 7
Oxford 4, Cleburne County 3
Pleasant Valley 14, Weaver 3
White Plains 9, Jacksonville 0
 
Pleasant Valley 14, Weaver 3: Savannah Williams, Cortney Williams and Bailey Harris – the heart of PV’s order – were a combined 8-for-10 with nine RBIs as the Lady Raiders bounced back from a disappointing county tournament with an important area victory.

Savannah Williams went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, including the go-ahead RBI triple in the third inning, Cortney Williams had a two-run single and a two-run double among her three hits and Harris was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Lindsey Pritchett, Ella Whitehead and Krystale Brown all had two hits for PV (21-8, 6-0 area).
 
The Lady Raiders play Wellborn in a home-and-home Tuesday and Wednesday needing to win only one to lock down the No. 1 seed and host the area tournament.
 
White Plains 9, Jacksonville 0: Hannah Fortenberry pitched a five-hit complete-game shutout with six strikeouts as the Lady Wildcats bounced back from losing in the county tournament finals. Lily Ponder went 3-for-4 with a double and triple, Graci Surrett had two doubles and two RBIs, while Calyn Martin had two hits and Jordan Hinton had two RBIs.
 
Oxford 4, Cleburne County 3: Eilee Sparks and Tia Titi both ripped RBI doubles in the fifth inning that gave the Lady Jackets a 4-2 lead. Sparks also had an RBI single in Oxford’s two-run first. Emily Thrasher went 3-for-4 for Oxford and Sarah Howell walked all four times she batted. Thrasher pitched 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief behind starter Cohlee Boone, striking out seven of the eight batters she faced, to get the save. 
 
Faith Christian 8, Wadley 7: Erin McVeigh drove home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Lady Lions’ hopes alive for hosting their area tournament.

Judson College signee Madi Snow hit a three-run homer in the fifth to tie the game. Snow, winning pitcher Elizabeth Bedford and Jordan Campbell all had three hits in the game.

The Lady Lions (8-7, 3-1) play Talladega County Central on Thursday for the right to host their tournament.


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