E.A. Sports Today

Wednesday preps

Atchley’s first career homer highlights Weaver’s rout of Gadsden City in softball; White Plains’ Edwards wins a playoff for medalist in WP Invitational; Saks soccer wins

Cover photo: Weaver senior Madison Atchley holds the ball she hit for her first career home Wednesday. Weaver beat Gadsden City 15-0. (Submitted photo)

By East Alabama Sports Today

WEAVER — Madison Atchley hit her first career home run, and Weaver beat Gadsden City 15-0 at home on Wednesday to set the stage for a key Class 3A, Area ? showdown with Piedmont.

The Bearcats (15-6, 4-1 area) play host to Piedmont on Thursday. Piedmont can clinch the area title with a win, and Weaver can force a tiebreaker.

Atchley, a senior, hit a three-run home run as part of Weaver’s six-run second inning.

“I almost cried,” said Gary Atchley, Weaver’s head coach and Madison’s father. “Coming around second, she looked like my little 8-year-old, jumping up and down back in the day.”

Atchley also had a single, and Ellamae Kines had two hits. 

Kynlee Fulmer pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts over four innings.

Medalist Sawyer Edwards, of White Plains, and second-place finisher Nick Ledbetter, of Weaver, show off their plaques after Wednesday’s White Plains Invitational at Silver Lakes. (Submitted photo)


WHITE PLAINS INVITATIONAL: Write another chapter in the rivalry of good friends between Weaver’s Nick Ledbetter and White Plains’ Sawyer Edwards.

Five days after Ledbetter edged Edwards to win the Calhoun County tournament, Edwards prevailed over Ledbetter in a one-hole playoff to win the White Plains Invitational at Silver Lakes.

Both golfers shot 5-under-par 67 in regulation. Edwards parred the first playoff hole after Ledbetter missed an 8-foot par putt.

Hewitt-Trussville won the team title with a 1-over-par 289, and White Plains was second at 7-over 295.

White Plains’ Wyatt Cotney was tied for fourth at 3-under 69.


SAKS 4, WEAVER 0: Eighth-grader Layla Garcia scored two goals. Senior Daniela Escando and eighth-grader Danna Garcia scored a goal apiece. 

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