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An eight-run third inning sparked Class 1A No. 8 Coosa Christian to a 13-5 victory over Ider last Monday (Apr. 17). At the plate for the Conquerors, Brody Nelson went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored; Clete O’Bryant went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored; John David Justus went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored; Keith Johnson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Thomas Skaggs had a two-run triple and two runs scored.

Class 3A No. 4 Westbrook Christian wrapped up regular season play last Monday (Apr. 17) with a 5-1 victory over St. Clair County. For the Warriors (18-5), Mason Coley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Hugh Windle went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Beckham Hammontree had a three-run triple and a run scored.

Ashville defeated Ramsay, 15-4, in five innings last Monday (Apr. 17). For the Bulldogs, Easton Layfield went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored; Jacob Henderson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored; Justin Henderson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored; Drew Layfield went 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored; J.B. Potter had a two-run double; Jaden Harris had a hit, two RBI and a run scored and Dylan Palmer had a hit and two runs scored. Drew Layfield earned the win, scattering six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. He did not issue a walk.

Gadsden City overcame an early 3-0 deficit and cruised to a 16-4 win over St. Clair County last Saturday (Apr. 15). For the Titans, Luke Waldrop went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored; Matthew Sparks went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored; Dawson Crowe went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored and Tray Gaddis had an RBI double and two runs scored. In 6.2 innings, winning pitcher Jackson Sparks scattered 13 hits and three walks while fanning two.

A seven-run first inning propelled Class 5A No. 3 Sardis to a 13-4 win over DAR last Saturday (Apr. 15) in Grant. For the Lions, Trey Thornton went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored; Kohl Holland went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored; Luke Weems had a two RBI double and a run scored; Owen Gazaway went 2-for-3 with three runs scored; Derek Tarvin went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Jayden Miller had a hit and four RBI.

Glavine Lamberth’s solid pitching effort helped Hokes Bluff post a 6-2 win over Class 3A Area 11 rival Glencoe on April 13. In six and two innings, Lamberth scattered five hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out eight. At the plate for the Eagles, Bray Bearden went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Logan Weimann went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Brayson Hayes hit a home run.

Renn Gladden pitched a five-hit shutout to lead Class 1A No. 8 Coosa Christian to a 9-0 win over Gaylesville on April 13. In seven innings, Gladden struck out four and did not issue a walk. He helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Also at the plate for the Conquerors, Thomas Skaggs went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, two RBI and two run scored; Blaine West went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored; John David Justus went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, an RBI and two runs scored; Dylan Edwards went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Brody Nelson went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Luke Weems’ complete game five-hitter sparked Sardis to a 9-2 victory over Class 5A Area 13 rival Boaz on April 13 in Sardis City. The win clinched the Lions’ third straight area title. In seven innings, Weems allowed two runs and four walks while striking out 11. At the plate for the No. 3 Lions, Trey Thornton went 2-for-3 with a run scored; Levi Martin went 2-for-4 with a run scored; Andrew Felter went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored and Russ Wiggs had a hit and two RBI.

Southside clinched the runnerup spot in Class 5A, Area 12 and a berth in the state playoffs with an 11-1, 12-1 sweep over Lincoln on April 12.
In the opener, the Panthers led 3-1 before breaking the game open with eight runs in the top of the sixth. For Southside, Trey Frachiseur went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored;
Dylan Rainey went 2-for-4 with two RBI; Angelo Albergina had a hit, two RBI and a run scored; Dre’sen Champagne had a hit and two runs scored and Tytan Rich and Corbin Driskell each had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Rainey earned the win in 2.2 innings, allowing one hit, one run and one walk while striking out four.
In the nightcap, the Panthers were clinging to a 2-1 lead until seven runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth put away the Golden Bears. After allowing a run in the bottom of the third, Southside starter Shelby Houston retired seven of the next eight batters to keep Lincoln off the scoreboard. Cayden McMichael went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored; Rainey went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored; Alberghina went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored; Driskell had an RBI double and a run scored and Kutter Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Houston scattered seven hits and one walk while striking out five.

Class 3A No. 4 Westbrook Christian posted a 9-1 victory over Area 11 rival Ohatchee on April 12. For the Warriors, Caleb McCarty went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored; Cam Carden went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored; Dalton Grace went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Mason Coley and Morgan Prater each had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. In five innings, McCarty allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five.

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