Believe it or not, the state high school baseball playoffs are set to begin this weekend. Five of The Herald’s seven area teams have qualified and will begin a best-of-three first-round series on Friday.
PIEDMONT – The Piedmont Bulldogs clinched the Class 3A, Area 10 baseball championship Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of White Plains on Thursday. The scores were 6-3 and 4-3.
GADSDEN – Haley Kimberly and Katie McGinnis collected four hits apiece Thursday in leading the Cedar Bluff Lady Tigers to a 15-3 Class 1A, Area 13 softball win at Coosa Christian.
ALBERTVILLE – Courtney Williams yielded just one hit with four walks and five strikeouts to lead the Sand Rock Lady Wildcats to a 5-0 Class 2A, Area 13 softball victory at Asbury on Thursday.
The Cedar Bluff Tigers and Piedmont Bulldogs are one step closer to clinching area baseball championships. The Tigers defeated Class 1A, Area 13 foe Coosa Christian 15-3 Wednesday in Gadsden. Cedar Bluff (16-9) hosts the Conquerors for a Thursday doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. A sweep by the Tigers clinches the area title.
There were no changes this week for area teams in the Alabama Sportswriters Association baseball and softball rankings. The latest rankings were released late Wednesday evening.
The following is a list of area baseball and softball statistics sent in by coaches for April 9. Baseball teams reporting this week are Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Piedmont, Sand Rock and Spring Garden. Softball teams reporting this week are Gaylesville, Sand Rock and Spring Garden.
SAND ROCK – Sand Rock junior pitcher Austin Chambers took his customary jog along the outfield wall Tuesday following the Wildcats 4-2 victory over Class 2A, Area 13 rival Westbrook Christian.
SAND ROCK – Brylie St. Clair was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of runs to lead the Sand Rock Lady Wildcats to a Class 2A, Area 13 softball victory over Gaston on Tuesday.
CENTRE – Spring Garden’s Dalton Kerr posted five pars and finished second individually at 41 Tuesday on the Cherokee County Country Club links. The Panthers shot 205 as a team to finish in fourth place.
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GADSDEN – The Sand Rock Lady Wildcats captured a pair of wins on Saturday in the Gadsden Umpires Softball Tournament. The Lady Wildcats (9-9) defeated Gadsden City 5-0 and edged Hokes Bluff 7-6. Sand Rock fell to Hayden 13-0.
CEDAR BLUFF – Cedar Bluff freshman shortstop/pitcher Josh Decker said he loves to be in those nail-biting situations.
PIEDMONT – The Piedmont Bulldogs completed a three-game sweep of Class 3A, Area 10 rival Weaver on Thursday. The Bulldogs (19-6, 6-0) won the first game 5-2, then took the nightcap 10-0.
VALLEY HEAD – Sabrina Mayes went 2-for-3 with a pair of double and two RBIs to lead the Gaylesville Lady Trojans to a 6-5 softball victory at Valley Head on Thursday.
GLENCOE – Dalton Kerr had four pars to finish at 44. Jay Prater added a 49 to lead the Spring Garden Panthers to second place in a golf tri-match at Silver Lakes on Thursday.
Sand Rock (21-4) is the only area baseball or softball team ranked in the latest Alabama Sportswriters Association poll. The latest rankings were released late Wednesday evening.
The following is a list of area baseball and softball statistics sent in by coaches for April 2. Baseball teams reporting this week are Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Piedmont and Spring Garden. Softball teams reporting this week are Gaylesville and Sand Rock.
SPRING GARDEN – Spring Garden sophomore pitcher Madison Sides was in control in the circle Tuesday against Class 1A, Area 13 rival Cedar Bluff.
SPRING GARDEN – Grant Benefield tossed a complete game, allowing one earned run on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts in leading Class 1A, No. 7 Spring Garden past Cedar Bluff 9-2 in Class 1A, Area 13 baseball action on Tuesday.