BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Bibb County sweeps two from Jemison

CENTREVILLE | Bibb County hosted Jemison in a baseball doubleheader on Saturday and won both games to clinch the AHSAA Class 4A, Area 7 championship. The Choctaws (15-10, 4-0) won the first game 8-6 with Matthew Price (4-2) pitching a compete game for the win. He struck out two, allowed nine hits and six runs.

Bibb County’s offense was powered by Justin Cottingham who was 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI, Tanner Wallace who was 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and a double, and Kirk Dowdle who hit 1-for-2 with two runs scored, including a home run, and a walk.

The Choctaws were 12-9 winners in the second game with T.J. Lockett hitting 2-for-2 and scoring five runs. He had a walk and was twice hit by pitches to advance. Peyton Holdsambeck hit 1-for-2 with two runs scored. He had an RBI, walked and hit two sacrifice bunts. Tanner Wallace batted 2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. Wallace (1-1) was also the winning pitcher in game two. He pitched 323 innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three batters.

Bibb County hosts Gordo on Monday.


Sipsey Valley 6, Gordo 3

GORDO | Sipsey Valley (19-9, 5-1) clinched the AHSAA Class 3A, Area 6 championship with the win. Hitters for Sipsey Valley included Landen Davis who went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, Justin Thomas who was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Blake Gray who also had a hit. Cody Mills (5-2) was the winning pitcher. He pitched four innings and allowed three hits.

Gordo’s leading hitter was Marcus Jones, who batted 2-for-4.

Sipsey Valley hosts Greensboro on Tuesday.


Oak Mountain 4, Hillcrest 0

BIRMINGHAM | Hillcrest fell in the first of two games it played Saturday in Birmingham. J.C. Frederick hit 2-for-2 in the loss, and Austin Williams and Hunter Linn both had one hit.


Hillcrest 9, Briarwood 8

BIRMINGHAM | With the game tied 8-8 in the top of the seventh inning, Joseph Besant hit a base hit to score Dillon Broughton to get the go-ahead run for Hillcrest. Lee Clark was the winning pitcher for the Patriots (18-14) who were playing their second of two games Saturday against Birmingham teams. Clark stepped in and pitched the seventh inning for the win, allowing no hits and one walk and striking out one batter. At the plate, Clark led with 3-for-5 hitting. Austin Dickerson was 2-for-4.

Hillcrest hosts Northridge on Tuesday.


Tuscaloosa County 5, Clay-Chalkville 3

HOOVER | Keegan Schafer (4-2) pitched for the win, throwing five innings and striking out one and walking two. Zach Evans hit 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Blake Stiteler was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Hunter Rush was 1-for-3 with a triple, and Parker Montgomery was 1-for-2 with a double.


Tuscaloosa County 10, Spain Park 3

HOOVER | Cody Bolton hit 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Joe Rice was 3-for-4 with a triple, and Landon Andrews went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Bolton (2-0) was winning pitcher, In six innings he gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three. Tuscaloosa County (21-14) plays at Bessemer City on Tuesday.


Brookwood 3-3, Paul W. Bryant 1-2

BROOKWOOD | Caleb Franks hit 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases in the first of two wins by Brookwood (8-13,3-2) in the AHSAA Class 5A, Area 6 doubleheader. KeWayne McCray (3-4) pitched for the win. In seven innings he allowed four hits, one run, one earned, one walked and struck out 12.

In a 3-2 Brookwood win in game two, McCray led off the sixth inning with a triple, and Franks hit a squeeze bunt that scored Ian McKee, who was pinch running for McCray, for the winning run. McCray hit 1-for-3. Franks was 1-for-2 with the winning RBI and a stolen base. Elliott Crawford (2-1) pitched three innings in relief for the win, allowing one hit and one run, one earned run and no walks. He struck out one.


West Blocton 6-6, Calera 2-5

WEST BLOCTON | West Blocton won both games of a doubleheader Friday against Class 4A, Area 6, opponent Calera.

In the first game, Triston Cook earned a win pitching seven innings and allowing three hits with 11 strikeouts, two runs and one walk.

Also for West Blocton, Trace and Noah Wilder each had a double and a single, and Jaylon Gaines and Evan Vick each had a pair of hits.

For Calera, Nick Owens had a solo home run.

In the second game, Canaan Pope got a strikeout with the bases loaded and two outs to preserve the save for West Blocton. Vick earned the win, pitching 613 innings with four hits, six strikeouts, no walks and four runs allowed.

Pope earned the save, striking out the last batter with the bases loaded

Also for West Blocton, Gaines had three singles, Cook had two hits and Noah Wilder had a double and a single.

For Calera, Brad Mills had two hits.

West Blocton (8-11, 2-3) will next play at Holt on Monday at 1:30 p.m.


Brookwood School (Ga.) 7, Tuscaloosa Academy 1

HUNTSVILLE | Tuscaloosa Academy took a rare loss in its first of two games Saturday and was held to two hits.

Robey Smalley and Taylor White both had singles with Smalley scoring the Knights’ lone run on a Jonathan Plott RBI. White (5-1) took his first loss of the season on the mound. He pitched five innings and allowed two earned runs, walked a batter and struck out three.


Tuscaloosa Academy 7, Patrician Academy

HUNTSVILLE | Clay Thomas and J.D. Diaz both hit 2-for-4, Greg Taylor had two doubles and three RBIs, Taylor White had a double and an RBI, and Robey Smalley had two RBIs in the Knights’ win. Winning pitcher for Tuscaloosa Academy (28-4) was Smalley (4-2) who pitched five innings, striking out six and walking two. Lathan Johnson came in in relief and pitched two innings. He struck out five and did not allow any runs.