The TimesDaily Classic baseball tournament was reduced to four teams Monday as Central, Mars Hill, Russellville and Deshler posted quarterfinal victories.
The Wildcats reached the semifinals with a 12-2 victory over Rogers as Payton Stracener struck out seven in four innings and also had a key hit in a five-run first inning.
Central plays Russellville, a 12-3 winner over Muscle Shoals, at 6:30 p.m. today at Northwest-Shoals Community College.
The other semifinal features Mars Hill vs. Deshler at Florence, also at 6:30 p.m. Games are weather permitting.
Consolation games feature Sheffield vs. Florence at 4:30 p.m. at Florence and xx vs. Rogers at 4:30 p.m. at Northwest-Shoals.
The Wildcats wasted little time in taking the lead, scoring five times in the bottom of the first as Stracener laced a three-run double.
Andrew Mace added three hits and two RBIs for Central (4-1) and Cole Michael had a two-run single.
Alex Woodard led Rogers with two hits and Raleigh Killen had a run-scoring single.
Stracener allowed four hits in four innings, and Shaler Grigsby pitched one inning in which he struck out four.
Mars Hill 2, Florence 0: Thomas Burrows and Glenn Irby combined on a one-hitter as Mars Hill (4-1) advance to the semifinals.
Burrows got the win, striking
out 10 in five innings. Erroll Thompson had the only hit for Florence
(3-3), a two-out double in the fifth inning.
Irby pitched two innings for the save with four strikeouts. Irby also had a single and a double and Colby Smith’s two-run double in the third inning provided the game’s only runs. Levi Hopper took the loss, striking out 10 in five innings.
Deshler 11, Sheffield 5: Brant Holland pitched into the sixth inning and his Deshler teammate provided plenty of offense as the Tigers moved into the semifinals.
J.T. Thompson had three singles and knocked in three runs, and Taylor Gross hit a three-run home run to spark the Tigers (6-1). Holland added a two-run double. Deshler scored five runs in the first and added three runs in the third and fifth inning.
Eric Yarbrough and Simon Ridgeway had two hits each.
Russellville 12, Muscle Shoals 3: Austin Kitterman had a triple and a single, and Logan Ezzell and Jordan Gist scored two runs each as Russellville moved into the semifinals.
Luke Harris pitched four innings for the win. Russellville sealed the win with four runs in the sixth inning.
Hackleburg 20, Red Bay 3: Colton Hallmark drove in four runs and three other players collected three RBIs each as Hackleburg (2-0) blasted Red Bay.
Dylan Gallaway had four hits and three RBIs, while Hallmark and Eli Barnett added three hits each. Winning pitcher Seth Moore and Tanner Holcombe had three RBIs apiece for the Panthers.
Colbert County 11, Lexington 9: Colbert County strung together a walk, three doubles and a single during a four-run sixth inning to take the lead.
John David Isbell doubled, Nick Isbell singled in two runs and Alex Aday and Jordan Bennett each added an RBI double for the Indians (6-0)
Colbert County trailed 5-0 before taking 7-6 lead but fell behind again 9-7 going into the bottom of the sixth.
Bennett went 3-for-4, while John David Isbell finished 2-for-2.
Wilson 5, Lawrence County 2: Pate Wear picked out the save, getting out of a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the sixth to protect Wilson’s lead.
Austen Oakley singled, Pryler doubled and Austin Barkley singled in two runs the third to put Wilson ahead 5-1.
Layton Pryler got the win allowing three hits and striking out five in
four innings in the Warriors season opener.
Collinwood 28, Wayne County 26: Alexis Haddock scored 6 of her 8 points and 6 of Collinwood’s 8 points in the fourth quarter, as the Trojans overcame a 24-20 fourth-quarter deficit in a regional semifinal win.
Collinwood (23-6) advances to play Summertown on Wednesday in the region championship game at Richland.
Wayne County missed a 3-point shot with 6 seconds left, and Collinwood rebounded to seal the win.
Collinwood’s Laken Arnett led all scorers with 11 points, while Morgan Mathis’ 7 led Wayne County.
Mars Hill 3, Madison Academy 0 (boys): George Archard scored all three goals and Austin Swinea had 10 saves as the Panthers (1-1) picked up their first win.
Archard scored once in the first half on an assist from Ethan Smith. He added two more goals in the second half, including one on an assist by Jesse Butler.
Jeremi Vo, Thomas Haynes and Gates Killen played well defensively in the shutout.
Cullman 3, Muscle Shoals 2 (boys): Cullman scored the decisive goal on a shot that hit the post with 15 minutes to play as the Bearcats edged the Trojans (0-4, 0-2 section).
Muscle Shoals rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first half on goals from Gabriel Flemming and Nick Shook. The game remained tied until a Cullman shot went in off the left post.
Sam Flippo, Sam Schafer and Husam Ali played well in the midfield for Muscle Shoals.
Mars Hill 3, Madison Academy 1 (girls): Anna Katherine Green scored one goal and assisted on another as the Panthers (1-2) picked up their first win. Allie Rappuhn and Katheryn McCoy added one goal each in the win. The Panthers play at West Limestone today.
Muscle Shoals 10. Hamilton 5: Muscle Shoals broke open a tight game with five runs in the sixth inning against Hamilton.
Haley Willis and Macey Quillen had two hits and two RBIs apiece, while Rachel Brewer added two hits for the Trojans (4-1). Krymson Lashley pitched three innings for the win. The Trojans were nursing a 5-4 lead before breaking it open with the five-run rally.
Central 144, Brooks 149 (girls): Brooks’ Tori Smith shot 39 to edge Central’s Rachel May by one shot in a girls match at Blackberry Trail.
Brooks 164, Central 179 (boys): Brooks’ Cory Griffin and Central’s Austin Gean each shot 39 to tie for medalist honors in a boys match at Blackberry Trail.