OHS Softball Wins Area, Advances to Regionals

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D. Mark Mitchell

ON THE MARK
D. MARK MITCHELL

OPELIKA —

The Opelika High School Bulldog Softball team (18-15-1, with two wins over Smiths Station junior varsity) won three straight games to win its AHSAA Class 6A Area Tournament last week at West Ridge Park.

OHS thumped Russell County, 17-5, in a mercy rule game that only went four- and-one-half innings. Sania Stringer earned the win, pitching three innings, striking out three and allowing no earned runs. Jade Jones pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs while striking out six Warrior batters.

Despite scoring 17 runs, the Lady Dogs recorded just four hits. McKay Yountz and KD Harrelson notched two hits apiece. RCHS walked 14 batters and made four errors.

In game two of the area tournament, OHS slipped by Valley, 3-2, with a walk-off double by Nylen Thomas. The game went to extra innings with the score tied at 2-2. Thomas then roped a game-winning double on the first pitch of her at bat. Offensively, Thomas and Yountz recorded two hits, while Smith, Stringer, Harrelson, Thompson and Lee added hits.

In the circle, Yountz pitched eight innings to earn the win. The junior allowed two earned runs, struck out nine Tiger batters and allowed no walks.

OHS won the area tournament after beating Eufaula, 14-1. Yountz led the Lady Dogs offensively and defensively by recording three hits and pitching five innings to earn her second win of the tournament.

Other players recording hits: Thomas (two), Thompson (two), Lyles (two), Lee (one), Stringer (one), Long (one) and Jones (one).

Opelika advanced to the South Regional in Gulf Shores along with McGill-Toolen, Park Crossing, Robertsdale, Saraland, Eufaula, Baldwin County and Lanier. The Regional tournament is double-elimination with the winner advancing to the State Championship in Oxford. The results were not available come press time.

OPELIKA TRACK AND FIELD COMPETES IN STATE MEET

The OHS girls’ and boys’ track and field teams participated in the AHSAA 6A State Track Meet at Gulf Shores last week. The Lady Bulldogs finished No. 14 out of 32 teams, and the boys finished No. 18 out of the 32 teams

The following is a list of the OHS athletes event and place in the state championship meet.

GIRLS

100 METER DASH

12.72 – Amiya Brown – 7th

200 METER DASH

26.50 – Haley Sanders – 5th           

400 METER DASH

1:00.17 – Indiana Holloway – 13th

3200 METER RUN

12:24.66 – Breckin Gould – 20th      

4X100 METER RELAY

48.50 – Relay Team – 2nd

HIGH JUMP

4-6 – Kyndall Brundidge – 19th

4-6 – Haley Sanders – 19th

TRIPLE JUMP

34-7.75 – Kyndall Brundidge – 10th  

34-2.75 – Niya Walton      – 11th    

33-11.5 – Morgan Watts – 14th        

POLE VAULT

7-6 – Sabrina Jeri Hansen – 21st      

DISCUS

86-5 – Kasman Moss – 12th

SHOT PUT

31-11.5 – Cherdi Daniels – 12th

BOYS

400 METER DASH

51.96 – JaClarence Perry – 13th       

1600 METER RUN

4:40.35 – Charles Brewer – 24th      

3200 METER RUN

10:20.33 – Charles Brewer – 20th     

110 METER HURDLES

14.76 – Tykell Thomas – 4th           

300 METER HURDLES

40.24 – JaClarence Perry – 4th         

42.19 – Theo Hubbard – 12th          

HIGH JUMP

5-10 – Davian Jones – 20th

LONG JUMP

20-7.75 – Davian Jones – 12th         

TRIPLE JUMP

43-1 – Davian Jones – 10th

39-10.75 – Kaden Cooper – 24th      

POLE VAULT

12-0 – Ben Royal – 8th     

10-6 – Dontarius Alvis – 17th         

DISCUS

133-0 – Mikeil Heard – 6th 

125-3 – Ajaden Parham – 14th         

SHOT PUT

44-1.5 – Mikeil Heard – 12th

42-10 – Marquavian Johnson – 16th  

OHS SPRING PRACTICE

OHS head football coach Erik Speakman started his fifth spring training at OHS last week. Speakman discussed spring practice last week while appearing with me on my weekly radio show, “On the Mark”. Speakman said the Dogs will end spring training with a team scrimmage. Former Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Chandler left for the same role at Wetumpka, leaving the OC job open. Instead of hiring a new OC, Speakman will call the offensive plays with help from Running Game Coordinator Jarred Flemming and Passing Coordinator Tommy Traylor. Coach Jamie Ferguson was promoted to special teams coordinator.

This season, Opelika moves to class 7A for the first time since the new classification started. The Dogs will be playing many schools that were on the schedule for many years, such as: Auburn, Central, Enterprise, Smiths Station, Dothan, Lee and Prattville. The season opener is Aug.18 on the road against Calloway (Georgia).

D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director at iHeartMedia, host of “On the Mark” Fox Sports the Game 910-1310, co-chair of the Auburn-Opelika Sports Council, chairman of the Super 7 and Dixie Boys Baseball state director.

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