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Alma spring sports 3/17/22

Alma spring sports

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Strong pitching, defense sparks Alma

to win over Eagles, doubleheader split


Alma coach Brian Fry went into the 2021 season hoping to compete. This year, he wants more. 


The Airedales opened 5A-West play on Tuesday with a 7-1 win over Vilonia. 


The Eagles rallied late in the nightcap, scoring eight times in the sixth inning for a 13-6 win and a split of the twin bill. 


“I thought Logan threw really well,” Alma coach Fry said of the opener. “He threw strikes and we made plays behind him. We had some kids hit the ball, too, in key spots.”


Taylor allowed just one hit, a two-out run-scoring double to Ian McCubbin in the first inning that momentarily gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. 


The veteran left-hander retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced while notching his first win of the season. Taylor struck out six and walked two. 


Fellow senior Tyson Shepherd had two hits and drove in two runs. His one-out RBI single in the fourth gave Alma a 4-1 lead, and Axl Spain’s two-out RBI double extended the lead to 5-1. 


Cameron Ray’s RBI single extended the lead to 6-1 and Shepherd added a two-out RBI single in the fifth to account for the team’s final run. 


Freshman Camden Curd had two hits in both games to raise his season average to .333. 


Alma stalked junior Noah Likens to a 5-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap. Kaleb Burdick’s RBI single gave Alma an early 1-0 lead. Caden Gifford’s two-run single made it 4-0, and Branson Brogan’s RBI single to center made it 5-0. 


“We had a lead in the second game, and we didn’t make any errors, but they (Vilonia) really hit the ball well,” Fry said. 


The Airedales host Clarksville on Thursday. 


Softball splits 


Julia Nutt cracked a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning Tuesday to help lead Alma to a 6-3 win over Vilonia in the first game of their 5A-West doubleheader. 


McKenzie Martin and Taelynn Perry hit back-to-back homers in the seventh for the Airedalettes (3-1, 1-1). 


Vilonia won the nightcap, 7-0. 


Down 3-0 after two, Alma closed to within 3-2 in the third inning on Martin’s RBI single and Perry’s run-scoring double. Nutt’s first homer of the season put Alma up 4-3 in the fifth. 


Martin struck out four and earned the victory. 


Vilonia’s Elise Trautman held Alma to a single base-runner — Martin’s two-out single in the fourth — while striking out five in the nightcap. 


The Airedalettes host Clarksville on Thursday.