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Gattis pitches Alexandria past PV; Howard homers, but Oxford falls
By East Alabama Sports Today
Rylee Gattis pitched a three-hit shutout, struck out 14 and delivered two hits and two RBIs at the plate Thursday leading Alexandria in a 7-0 softball victory over Pleasant Valley at Jacksonville State.
Gattis struck out 10 in the first four innings and walked none in the game. She struck out the side in the second inning and in the fourth – after Lily Henry and Ava Boozer opened the inning with PV’s first two hits of the game. Madyson Cromer hit a one-out double in the seventh and advanced to third on an error, but Gattis preserved her shutout with a ground out and her final strikeout on her 100thpitch.
The Lady Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second on Addie Jennings’ run-scoring infield out and Gattis tripled home a run in the fifth. They broke it open with three in the sixth on Quendeja Bowie’s RBI single followed by a triple from Ashley Phillips and a run-scoring ground out by Gattis. 
Jordan Beason doubled home a run in the seventh, her second hit of the game, and scored the game’s final on an error.
Alexandria           010 013 2 – 7 7 4 
Pleasant Valley   000 000 0 – 0 3 2
WP: Rylee Gattis. LP: Leah Patterson.
Albertville 7, Oxford 1: Alex Howard homered as the second batter of the game, but Albertville answered with three in the bottom of the first and then held Oxford (5-3) to only three more hits the rest of the game.
Albertville hit back-to-back RBI doubles in its three-run first. Elaina Collins went 4-for-4 and Gracyn Spicer hit a solo homer.
Bailey Clark, starting pitcher Emily Thrasher and Ellie Derrick had Oxford’s other hits. 
Oxford                   100 000 0 – 1 4 6
Albertville            301 111 x – 7 8 0
WP: Avery Dickerson. LP: Emily Thrasher. HR: Alex Howard (O), Gracyn Spicer (A).
Rain forced a postponement of Glencoe’s Yellow Jacket Invitational at Silver Lakes Thursday, but tournament organizers came up with a novel idea on the rescheduling.
Some of the teams are going to play March 11 and the remainder will play April 14 to alleviate scheduling conflicts and complete the tournament. Two days, one tournament.

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