E.A. Sports Today

State softball

Oxford, in Class 6A, and Spring Garden, in Class 1A, took to the Choccolocco Park softball fields for state tournament action on Tuesday.

By East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Avery Steward spread out six hits while striking out eight batters, and Spring Garden rallied to open Class 1A state tournament play with a 5-3 victory over Maplesville on Tuesday at Choccolocco Park.

The Panthers (30-12) went on to fall 4-1 against Leroy and 15-0 to Waterloo.

Spring Garden took the lead against Maplesville with a three-run rally in the fifth inning. Addie Word’s single plus an error brought home two runs, and Lillian McCain’s sacrifice fly brought home the third run.

Layla Ingram went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Class 6A

OXFORD: The Yellow Jackets bowed out with a 2-1 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and a 7-1 loss to Baldwin County and finished the season 23-20.

Senior and University of Montevallo signee Berkley Mooney spread out eight hits with 11 strikeouts against Hillcrest. Adajiah Wilson and Reagan Sanders each had a single to account for Oxford’s two hits, and senior and Wallace State Community College signee Ashlyn Burns had the Yellow Jackets’ lone RBI.

Emma Tims-Becerra went 2-for-2 with an RBI against Baldwin County.

Photo gallery by Joe Medley

Spring Garden’s Avery Steward tries to be a throw at third base as Panthers coach Ann Welsh loos on against Maplesville during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Spring Garden pitcher Avery Steward deals against Maplesville during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Spring Garden’s Lillian McCain hits against Maplesville during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Spring Garden’s Rylie Ham hits against Maplesville during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford huddles during the Yellow Jackets game against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Cover photo: Oxford’s Berkley Mooney pitches against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford’s Berkley Mooney comes out of her windup against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford’s Emma Tims-Becerra follows through on a hit against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford’s Madison Murphy takes a cut against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford’s Adajiah Wilson watches her hit against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford’s Ashlyn Burns squares up against Baldwin County during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.
Oxford coach Wendy McKibbin calls out instructions from the dugout during Tuesday’s state-tournament action at Choccolocco Park.

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