The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 13, 2013

Sayer’s free kicks lifts East to victory


— Dilan Sayer’s free kick barely spun as it knuckled past the outstretched arms of Hartselle’s keeper. Sayer blasted his free kick from the edge of the box with 26 seconds remaining in the game to give East a 1-0 win over Hartselle Tuesday.

Sayer’s goal was the only score in a game that saw both teams come close to breaking the deadlock numerous times. It was Sayer’s 17th goal in just 12 games this season. The Indians had 17 shots throughout the game while Hartselle fired 11 shots at the East goal.

East goalkeeper Wesley Swaim earned the shutout in goal and had six saves. The win moves East to 3-0 in section play this season and 7-2-3 overall. East Limestone will host undefeated Athens (9-0-1) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for another section contests. The winner of this game has determined the section champion for the past three seasons.

Varsity Girls

East Limestone 1

Hartselle 0

East Limestone girls team picked up a pivotal area win Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Hartselle. East moved the ball well, but were unable to find the net until Jordan Runion slid one past an aggressive Hartselle keeper in the second half.

“Over the last couple of years coach Roberts (Hartselle's coach) has had success with a very defensive philosophy and we were coming off a tournament where my defensive backs were all-tournament selections,” said East Limestone head coach Brad Carwile.  “This is exactly the type of game that I expected. To add to the fire, the two previous matches went to PK shootouts with us fortunately winning both and now both squads are in the same section.”

Skyla Whitfield had three saves against 11 Hartselle shots and earned the shutout in the net for East. East improved to 2-0 in area play and 7-4-3 for the season. East Limestone’s next game will be a home game against Athens at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18.

Baseball

Decatur 5-12

East Limestone 0-2

East Limestone dropped a pair of games to Decatur Tuesday. East (8-4) lost the first game 12-2 after scoring the first two runs of the game in the top of the opening inning. Ben Rhodes, Cal Sandlin, Colby Sneed and Matthew Franks each had a hit for East.

Rhodes had a pair of singles in the second game while Mark Boersma had a double in the game, which East lost 5-0.

ABS 13-13

Waterloo 0-0

Athens Bible opened area play with a pair of 13-0 victories at Waterloo Tuesday. The 1A No. 2 ranked Trojans moved to 10-0 on the season.

Hayden Phillips struck out eight and gave up three hits in five innings in the opening game. Zach Ivey earned the win in the second game, striking out six in four innings.

Sam Bobo, Douglas Fields and Blake Cundiff each finished with a two singles.

Jacob Hagewood, Carter Corneil and Cundiff each added singles and a double in the second game. Athens Bible’s next game will be a doubleheader at Elkmont Friday.

Softball

Clements 12

Colbert County 10

Clements remained undefeated and picked up its first area win of the season with a 12-10 win over Colbert County Tuesday. Marissa Barnes earned the win on the mound, striking out two batters.

Hollie Evans hit a home run and an RBI double for Clements. Calli Baker had a single, triple and two RBIs while MaCall Gossett had a pair of singles and two RBIs.

Clements next home game will be at 4:30 p.m. today against Mars Hill.