The Elmore County boys track team had a particularly strong performance in the Troy Invitational meet on March 7.
DJ Patrick led ECHS by winning the 200 (22.91) and finishing second in the long jump (21-4) but the Panthers had numerous top-10 efforts, including placing four of the top 10 in the 800 (Zefeniah Edwards 3rd in 2:05.45, De’Angelo Splunge 4th in 2:08.45, Dejuan Lyles 9th in 2:19.48 and Stone Svencer 10th in 2:20.96).
In the 1600, Elmore County’s boys also got a sixth from Josh Smith (5:21.83) and 10th from Sawyer Lett (5:41.15); a fifth from Smith in the 3200 (11:35.08); and second in the 4×400 relay (3:38.30), 4×800 relay (9:05.01) and high jump (Shakwan Bickley, 5-10).
In the javelin, Jake Moseley finished seventh (104-8) and Parker Watts ninth (98-5).
Elmore County easily takes down Billingsley in doubleheader
After a narrow victory over Billingsley on Friday, Elmore County’s baseball team was unstoppable against the same squad in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Panthers won the first game, 15-3, then continued its dominating, 17-1, in Game 2.
In the opening game, ECHS dominated offensively, racking up 15 hits and scoring at least two runs in all five innings. Landon Maynard paced the prolific offense with four hits and three RBIs. Jamie Singleton also had three hits, while Taylor Henderson, Austin Downey and Cole Downey had two apiece. Henderson, Singleton, Austin Downey and Garrett Cole all drove in a pair of runs.
The Panthers also got strong pitching performances from Austin Downey and Zach Jones, who combined to allow just five hits. Downey threw the first four innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven. Only one of his three runs allowed were earned, and he didn’t walk any. Jones entered for the final inning, allowing one hit, two strikeouts and a pair of walks.
In the nightcap, although Elmore County collected eight hits, it also got a lot of help from Billingsley’s defense, which finished with eight errors.
After leading just 3-1 through four complete innings, the Panthers blew the game wide open with six runs in the top of the fifth and eight in the top of the sixth. This time, Cole led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Chase Wilson, Jones, Jacob Taunton, Landon Maynard, Singleton and Brody Ward each had one hit. Taunton, Maynard and Singleton all drove in two runs apiece.
Brady Lewis fired six innings for the complete-game victory. He gave up just four hits and one run. Lewis racked up seven strikeouts and didn’t walk any.