Pleasant Valley locks in the No. 2 seed
April 22 – WEAVER – A promised day off drew a roar from the Pleasant Valley softball dugout on Thursday, but it wasn’t the sweetest of news.
These white powder donuts that reward certain offensive achievements have been upgraded to Krispy Kreme.
It was that kind of day for Pleasant Valley, who erupted for two eight-run innings en route to a 19-5 victory over Weaver in a game that locked down the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A tournament, Zone 11.
The Raiders (22-17-1) needed a day like this.
“We’re just trying to focus on our best right now,” Pleasant Valley coach David Bryant said. “We kind of went through a tough time. We’re just trying to feel good, play good and look our best.”
Pleasant Valley’s performance on Friday rivaled a 21-3 outburst against Arab earlier this season and beat an 11-7 win over Weaver at home. The Raiders’ win on Thursday avoided a coin toss to determine the No. 2 and 3 seeds.
Pleasant Valley and Weaver will face off to open the region’s tournament in Piedmont, and the Raiders will be home on the scoreboard.
It’s for later. Right now it’s about that day off.
“We’re going to sleep,” senior shortstop Rylee Haynes said.
As for donuts, Haynes won his on Thursday. His day included an RBI bunt double, run and single in the Raiders’ first eight-run inning. They sent 13 batters home.
Haynes also doubled up and scored in round five at Pleasant Valley.
When Raiders assistant coach Jonathan Nix shows up with Krispy Kremes on Saturday, Haynes has his favorite at heart.
“Chocolate covered cream,” she said.
Nix might need to buy a dozen bakers…or two.
Lily Henry and Haylie Lee ripped two-run doubles in the first. Taylor Nix added a two-run brace in the fourth.
The Raiders sent 12 batters home in the fifth, with RBI singles coming from Nix and Rebekah Gannaway.
Jadyn Smith hit two doubles and a single and scored three times to lead Weaver.
Any mention of donuts might have drawn a collective stain into Weaver’s dugout. A stomach virus defeated the Bearcats before Pleasant Valley, and some starters played sick.
“The bug is running rampant in Weaver right now, and we’ve all had it,” Weaver coach Gary Atchley said. “I don’t want to use that as an excuse because Pleasant Valley is a good softball team, but I didn’t feel good today.
“It all hit us all at once. We were here.”
Alexandria 3, Moody 2: Brenlee Sparks’ line drive to left field scored Clancy Bright from third base late in the seventh inning, and the Valley Cubs (36-7) earned the right to host Class 5A , zone 11 tournament.
Sparks finished the night 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Other Top Performing Artists for Alexandria:
—Rylee Gattis went 1 for 3 with a double and RBI. She also pitched a full game, throwing a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
—Ashley Phillips, 1 for 2, running.
—Chloe Gattis, 1 for 3, RBI.
White Plains 11, Cherokee County 1: Callie Richardson homered twice and Leighton Arnold once as the Wildcats improved to 28-7 this season and clinched the right to host the Class 4A, Area 9 tournament.
Richardson went 3 for 3 with four runs and three RBIs on the day.
Arnold also doubled up going 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. She also started in the circle, allowing two hits, one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
Other Top Performing Artists for White Plains:
—Camden Wilson, racing, RBI.
—Emma Howard, 1 for 4, two runs.
—Kristen Rhodes, 1 for 4, running, RBI.
—Adriana Sotelo, 2 for 4, double, two RBIs.
—Hallie Williams, 1 for 2, RBI.
—Jaylee Crow, pitched a scoreless relief inning.
Piedmont 16, Cleburne County 2: Cacey Brothers and Sarah Goss drove in four runs apiece as the Bulldogs improved to 17-14. Brothers went 2-for-3 with a double, and Goss went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Other top performing countries for Piedmont:
—Savannah Smith, 2 for 4, three runs.
—Jenna Calvert, 2 for 2, two runs, two RBIs.
—Emily Farmer, 2 for 2, home run, three RBI; pitched five innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs and three walks with two strikeouts.
—Cayla Brothers, 1 for 3, RBI.
—Z’Hayla Walker, 1 for 1, two points.
—Ava Pope, 1 for 1, RBI.
—Jaycee Glover, 1 for 2, race.
—Armoni Perry, 3 for 3, run.
Oxford 7, Southside 4: Kannon Slaughter homered and drove in four runs to lead Oxford, which is 6-1 since the Calhoun County Tournament. She finished 2 for 3 and scored two points.
Other top Oxford players (12-17):
—Ashlyn Burns, 1 for 4, double, two RBIs.
—Kaelyn Crossley, 1 for 3, running.
—Berkley Mooney, 1 for 2; pitched a full game, striking out seven and allowing eight hits, two earned runs and two walks in seven innings.
—Emma Tims-Becerra, 1 for 2, doubles, run, RBI.
—Cohlee Boone, 1 for 3, doubles, run.
Sportswriter Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.