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A perfect start

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Jacklyn Petree struck out seven and retired all 15 batters she faced Thursday as the Lady Airedales shut out Huntsville, 11-0, in the team's 2021 season opener. 


Junior Makenzie Martin drove in three runs in the team's season opener. 


"We had the scrimmage (benefit game) against Southside the other day and we just had to get some of the cobwebs out to get back into the swing of things," Alma coach Charla Parrish said. "Playing tonight, with pretty weather, we were able to get some runs and hit the ball a little bit better."


Petree got all the support she needed during a four-run first, highlighted by Martin's two-run single. Martin finished the day 3-for-3.


Fellow junior Taelynn Perry finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Shelbi Hesson was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Petree also hit safely in the victory. 


The Lady Airedales led 5-0 after two and 9-0 heading to the fourth. Petree did the rest. 


"Seven strikeouts, no walks, and no hits ... a perfect game," Parrish said.


Alma, which opens 5A-West play Tuesday at Mountain Home, was hoping to get a couple of more non-conference dates in, including Friday's trip to Pea Ridge. 


The Lady Airedales' conference opener is slated for March 16 against Vilonia. 


J. Petree

Alma senior Jacklyn Petree struck out seven and tossed five perfect innings during Alma’s 11-0 win over the Huntsville Eagles Thursday night. 

Southside 8, Alma 1


BASEBALL Sophomores David Sorg and Braxton Waller combined for 14 strikeouts while combining for a no-hitter in Southside's 8-1 win over the Alma Airedales on Thursday in non-conference play. 


Alma coach Brian Fry used the game to throw a number of pitchers. Derek Hatcher worked two strong innings before giving way to Caden Gifford. A total of six different pitchers were used, including junior Chandler O’Kelley, who worked a scoreless inning while allowing a hit and recording a strikeout. 


Alma pitchers combined for nine strikeouts while allowing seven walks and two home runs.


The Airedales, who open 5A-West play Tuesday at Mountain Home, were guilty of six errors and only a handful of quality at-bats, including walks to Zach Holt and Jacob Machen. 


Nathan Machen was hit by a pitch and scored the Airedales' lone run on a throwing error.




Alma senior Zach Holt prepares to round first base during the team’s 8-1 loss to Southside Thursday. Alma opens 5A-West play Tuesday at Mountain Home.