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Oxford’s Delozier goes the distance in Boston Marathon; Alexandria, Oxford, Piedmont, Pleasant Valley, Weaver and White Plains win in softball; Piedmont, JCA win in baseball

By East Alabama Sports Today

Cover photo: Oxford track coach Landon Delozier encourages his team during the 2022 Calhoun County meet. He ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. (Submitted photo)

BOSTON — Oxford’s resurgence in distance events helped the Yellow Jackets sweep the Calhoun County boys’ and girls track championships for the second year in a row two weeks ago, and their coach went the distance Monday in Boston.

Landon Delozier completed the Boston Marathon in 3:01.

He was “about 11 minutes off of goal pace, but mainly because I didn’t realize the pounding my quads would take on the first 12 miles of downhill,” he said via text.

Oxford’s boys won their sixth consecutive county track championship on April 5 at Choccolocco Park, and the girls won their second in a row. Among the Yellow Jackets’ team highlights were sweeps in distance events, with Katie Keur winning the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs on the girls’ side and Noah George taking the 1,600 and 3,200 in the boys’ meet. Oxford’s Evan Somers won the 800.

Delozier is also Oxford’s cross country coach.


ALEXANDRIA 6, LINCOLN 1: Pressley Slaton pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts and hit a grand slam as Alexandria (20-15) completed a sweep through Class 5A, Area 10 play and earned the right to host the area tournament May 2-4.

Charlee Parris doubled and drove in a run, and Christian Hess went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jill Cockrell was 2-for-4 with two runs.

PLEASANT VALLEY 6, WOODLAND 5: Madyson Cromer’s three-run home run in the fourth inning was the big blow as the Raiders (12-10) clinched the right to play host to the Class 2A, Area 9 tournament.

Rebekah Gannaway went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs, and Lily Henry 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI. Macey Roper had a single and RBI, and Jordan Cheatwood drove in a run.

PIEDMONT 4, CHEROKEE COUNTY 0: Savannah Smith pitched a complete-game shutout, spreading out six hits with three strikeouts and no walks as the Bulldogs improved to 26-10. She also went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs.

Sarah Goss added a double and RBI. Jaycee Glover went 2-for-3 with two runs, and Jenna Calvert went 1-for-4 with a run.

The victory comes two days after Piedmont beat Pleasant Valley 10-9 and lost to Madison Academy 13-3 and Sardis 13-0.

WEAVER 16, WELLBORN 2: Kinley Fulmer got the win with six strikeouts in four innings of work, and Weaver got several strong offensive performances while improving to 14-6 overall, 4-1 in Class 3A, Area 10.

At the plate, Sydney Bitzer was 3-for-4, Jayden Smith 2-for-4, Kinley Marvasty 2-for-4, Anna Shirvinski 4-for-4 and Alana Cooper 2-for-3.

WHITE PLAINS 15, ANNISTON 0: Kannon Slaughter pitched a one-hitter as White Plains (19-11) finished 6-0 in Class 4A, Area 9 play and earned the right to play host to the area tournament.

At the plate, Leighton Arnold homered, doubled, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Callie Richardson went 3-for-3 with two triples, three runs and three RBIs.

Hallie Williams’ 2-for-3 day included a triple, RBI and two runs, and Addison Bradley went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, run and three RBIs.

Haylie Smith and Cassidy Arnold each hit a double and RBI.

OXFORD 8, PELL CITY 4: Berkley Mooney pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts, and Oxford beat Pell City to clinch the right to play host to the Class 6A, Area 12 tournament.

Kenlee Rodgers went 2-for-2 with a run and RBI. Oxford (20-6) also got a single and RBI from Mooney and Kaelyn Crossley.


PIEDMONT 8, OHATCHEE 2: Sloan Smith and Jake Austin combined to hold Ohatchee to six hits as Piedmont improved to 20-6. Smith pitched the first six innings with four strikeouts, and Austin pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts.

At the plate, Kale Austin had a single and two RBIs. Jack Hayes and Cole Austin each had a single and an RBI, and Smith drove in a run.

Max Hanson doubled and scored a run, and McClane Mohon singled and scored three runs.

Ohatchee’s Bryce Noah went 2-for-3 with a double and a run, and Jake Roberts was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Tyler Green had a single and RBI.

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN 7, WEAVER 2: Cam Moses pitched a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts and homered with two RBIs on the day as JCA improved to 10-8-1.

Hunter Brown went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Elijah Martin had a single and two RBIs.

Weaver’s Dalton Homesley had a single and RBI.

ALEXANDRIA 12, CHEROKEE COUNTY 2: On senior night, senior Tucker Kilgore doubled and drove in three runs as Alexandria improved to 26-5.

The Valley Cubs also got a double, two runs and two RBIs from Seth Johnson, and Samuel Henegar went 2-for-2 with a double, three runs and an RBI. Deshaun Foster had a single, run and RBI.

Senior Tanner Wright got the start on the mound and worked three innings, spreading out four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Andrew Allen and Zach Baskins pitched the last two innings, allowing no hits.


DONOHO 5, SAKS 1: Donoho’s girls got a goal apiece from Lauren Wigley, Zoe Christopher, Isabella Romero, Sam Wakefield and BabaT Aremu. Layla Garcia scored Saks’ goal.

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