August 16, 2022

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Birmingham area spring sports: Spain Park softball earns 2 impressive wins

Spain Park picked up a pair of impressive softball wins, exploding for 29 runs during Birmingham area spring sports action last week

The Class 7A No. 10 Jags (25-5-2) downed top-ranked Hewitt-Trussville 16-2 and beat Class 6A sixth-ranked Mortimer Jordan 13-3.

Spain Park got 6 first inning runs against Hewitt-Trussville and scored in every inning except the sixth, ending with 5 runs in the final inning.

Maggie Daniel and Charlee Bennett led the offense, each with a pair of home runs.

Daniel was 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and 6 RBIs to go along with the 2 home runs — she has a team best 12 homers and 36 RBIs this season — while Bennett was 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs as well as the home runs (6 home runs and 27 RBIs this season).

Katie Flannery was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs (35 season RBIs) and 2 walks while Emma Hawkins was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Ella Reed pitched the victory, allowing 6 hits with 10 strikeouts and 4 walks.

The Jags again scored first against Mortimer Jordan with a run in the second inning, but 6 runs in the third and 5 in the fifth led to the 6-inning run-rule win.

Morgan Jolley was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a walk while Blakley Watts drove in 3 runs and Flannery doubled with an RBI.

Reed picked up the win in the circle, allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs with 7 strikeouts in 5 innings.

Reed is 15-4 this season with 2 saves and a 1.93 ERA, striking out 145 in 109 innings.

In other action:

SOFTBALL

CLASS 7A

Ninth-ranked Hoover (27-8) beat third-ranked Thompson 6-3 in regular season play then went 7-1 in a Tennessee tournament, beating Wilson Central 7-5, Whtie House 8-1, Harpeth 13-0, Brentwood Academy 11-1, Brentwood 10-0 and Nolensville 12-0 before losing to Forrest 6-2.

Gracie Hillman batted .773 with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs, Campbell Hecklinski hit .429 with 3 home runs and Kaitlyn Raines batted .500 with 3 home runs.

CLASS 6A

Third-ranked Helena (23-3-3) won five games last week, beating Calera 8-3, Chilton County 15-4, Geneva 8-0, Guntersville 15-0 and Northridge 6-0.

Presley Lively was 9-for-15 at the plate for the week with 2 Triples, 13 runs and 8 steals while Ann Marie Stanbridge was 9-for-16 with 8 RBIs, Alex Erwin was 9-for-14 with a double, 7 RBIs and 8 runs, Bella Holliday was 7-for-10 with 2 doubles and 5 RBIs, Sara Ezekiel was 9-for-15 with 2 doubles, a triple and 5 RBIs, and Alana Scott was 8-for-15 with 2 doubles, a triple and 8 RBIs.

Cam Bailey, Ann Marie Stanbridge, Victoria Mauterer and Amelia Powell combined for the five wins with 38 strikeouts, surrendering 6 walks, 15 hits and 7 earned runs in 24-2/3 innings.

Calera (12-12) was 3-3 last week, beating Prattville 2-0, Haleyville 3-2 and Moody 7-0, and losing to Helena 8-3, Chelsea 5-2 and Brookwood 8-3.

Kinley Rodgers hit .588 on the week with 2 doubles, a triple and 3 RBIs while Emma Harrison hit .450 with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 4 runs, and Jordan Douglas hit .429 with a home run and 4 RBIs.

Kate Townley pitched two shutout wins, allowing 5 hits with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings against Prattville and striking out 4 with 6 hits in 6 innings against Moody.

CLASS 5A

Corner (13-12) was 4-3 last week with wins over Cordova 7-2, Center Point 15-0, Oakman 3-0 and Carbon Hill 10-0, and losing to Hayden 11-0, Sumiton Christian 8-3 and Tuscaloosa County 2-0.

Avery Boyd batted .429 with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 RBIs and 3 runs while Shauna Kelley hit .389 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, and Payton Cox batted .313 with 3 walks, 6 runs and 5 steals.

Leeds (9-12) beat Carver-Birmingham and St. Clair County.

Sophie Sisk walked 3 times against Carver while Zoie Galloway was 2-for-3. Sisk 1-for-2 with a walk and 3 runs against St. Clair County and Galloway was 2-for-2 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 2 runs.

BASEBALL

CLASS 7A

Top-ranked Hewitt Trussville (22-1-1) beat Gadsden City 13-0 and 6-2 last week.

Baker Green threw complete game with 15 strikeouts in the 6-2 victory while Riley Quick threw a 2-hit shutout with 6 strikeouts.

Matt Miller had 3 hits with a home run and 3 RBIs, and Quick had 3 hits with home run, double and 4 RBIs.

No. 10 Vestavia Hills (17-13) split with Spain Park, winning 2-1 and losing 6-5.

Jackson Harris batted .500 with 2 doubles and 2 runs, and Will Cox was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Caleb Shofner pitched 5 innings, allowing 3 hits and an earned run, Barrett Harper surrendered 2 hits and an earned run with 4 strikeouts in 3-1/3 innings and Aiden Black pitched 5-1/3 innings with 5 strikeouts and allowing 3 earned runs.

Thompson (17-15) beat ninth-ranked Oak Mountain 3-2 and 10-9 and lost to the Eagles 4-2.

Carson Foote was 4-for-8 (.500 batting average) with an RBI and .600 on-base percentage while Ethan Crook was 3-for-8 (.375) with 3 RBIs and .545 on-base,

Devin Brooks pitched a win with 7 strikeouts and a 2.80 ERA in 5 innings while Matt Casey earned the other win with 9 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA in 6 innings.

CLASS 6A

Sixth-ranked Gardendale (23-5) beat Clay-Chalkville three times last week 10-0 in 5 innings, 11-1 in 6 innings and 18-2 in 5 innings.

Ty McGraw was 6-for-7 with a home run, 3 doubles, 4 walks and 4 RBIs to lead the attack.

Logan Fitzgerald pitched 5 scoreless innings with 4 hits, a walk and 6 strikeouts while Bubba Wood allowed a hit, run and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts in 5 innings.

Pelham (8-14-1) split with Helena, winning 12-2 and losing 5-4.

Zack Egan pitched the victory, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in 6 innings.

Johs Calvert was 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate while Durbin Stewart 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Makei Griffin was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and Egan and Logan Green each doubled.

Christian Pritchett was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBIs in the loss.

Shades Valley (13-10) beat Woodlawn 29-0 and 30-3.

Xavion Webb hit .667 for the week with 6 runs scored while Jcaius Moore batted .500 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs, and Jamiel Saliba hit .500 with 7 RBIs.

Saliba pitched 5 innings, striking out 13, and Jacob Mahand struck out 8 in 3 innings.

CLASS 5A

Parker (19-5, 3-1 area) was 2-1 last week, beating Altamont 16-3 and splitting with Ramsay, wining 10-9 and losing 10-8.

Christian Cochran was 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 steals against Altamont while Donrellius Scott was 2-for-2.

Shermaine Hollis was 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs in the win against Ramsay while Scott was 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs and Jayden Coleman had 2 RBIs and pitched the win, bringing his record to 8-1-2.

Jeremiah Struggs was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 steals in the loss.

AISA

Fifth-ranked Bessemer Academy (18-6) beat Russell Christian 8-0 and 12-0 as Zach Wyatt pitched a complete-game shutout with no walks and 8 strikeouts.

BOYS SOCCER

CLASS 7A

Second-ranked Oak Mountain (12-3-4, 4-0 area) beat Hoover 3-1 last week.

Nate Joiner led the attack with all 3 goals, getting assists from Om Shrestha, Corbett Grundhoefer and Garrett Murphy.

The win clinched a playoff spot for the Eagles.

CLASS 6A

Top-ranked Mountain Brook (18-2-2, 5-0 area) beat second-ranked Homewood 2-0 and sixth-ranked Chelsea 5-0 to clinch the area title.

Jack Heaps scored both goals against Homewood while Reed Harradine posted the shutout.

Joe Armstrong scored twice against Chelsea while Finn Calloway, Vance Phillips and John Montgomery each added goals.

Harradine and Turner Holmes combined in goal for the shutout.

Helena (11-7-2) beat Chilton County 4-0 and Calera 2-0 as James Solorio scored 3 goals and Cade Shannon had 3 assists.

GIRLS SOCCER

CLASS 6A

No. 12 Helena (11-6-2) beat Chilton County 8-1 and Calera 3-1 to wrap up the area championship.

Olivia Hauge had 3 goals against Chilton County while Bailee Washington, RK Hulsey and Piper Stoval each scored a goal and Ashlynn Beery provided 2 assists in both games.

Pinson Valley (3-1-2) beat Mortimer Jordan 2-1 as both Jinya Murrel and Gigi Matigil scored goals.