Russell County pitcher Will Ziebol tossed a no-hitter against Tallassee on Tuesday, becoming the second from the area to do so this season.
It was the third no-hitter in the past two seasons for the Warriors, following one each from Rock Rucker and B.J. Brooks last season.
In the stellar effort, Ziebol allowed just two runners to reach base, both coming on walks.
Ziebol tossed a one-hitter on March 15 in a 5-1 win over Grissom and has won three consecutive starts, going the distance in each. In those three games, he has allowed just four hits and two runs, while striking out 22.
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For the season, he is 5-1 with a 1.37 earned run average and 39 strikeouts.
As a team, Russell County (24-6) has won 16 straight games. It faces Rehobeth at 4 p.m. today.
Northside, Hardaway gear up for key doubleheader
With five consecutive wins under its belt and a spotless region record, Northside High will get a stiff test against region foe Hardaway in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Hardaway (13-2, 5-1) has won seven straight and is just a game behind Northside in the region standings. A sweep for the Hawks would jump it ahead of the Patriots, while a sweep for Northside would give it a commanding lead over a key opponent.
Harris County also has just a single loss in region play.
Both games, which will be played at noon and 2:30 p.m., will be played at Hardaway.
Northside swept the series from Hardaway last season.
McConnell tabbed to softball post at Brookstone
Nate McConnell, who has served as an assistant varsity baseball coach for the Cougars since 2007, was named the new softball coach for the 2013-14 school year, the athletic department announced on Friday.
McConnell will replace former coach Debbie Ball, who held the position since 2008 when she restarted a program that had been defunct for the 2007 season. Ball left the position on Feb. 25, citing “a difference in philosophy” with the athletic department.
Spring football dates announced
A handful of coaches have announced dates for their spring football practices.
Carver High will begin its first spring under new head coach Joseph Kegler, who replaced Dell McGee, on May 1. Practice will run through May 16.
Northside, also under new guidance (Morgan Ingram) will hold its practices from May 13-24, and Russell County will begin on April 30, practicing three days a week for three weeks. The Warriors will play a spring game against Headland High on May 17.
Hardaway will begin practice on May 13, and Shaw will run from May 6-17.
Calvary Christian will have its first practice on May 2, Pacelli on May 13 and Chattahoochee County on May 6. Pacelli’s spring scrimmage will be on May 17.
Jordan will also begin on May 6 and run through May 17. Jordan will play its Red-White spring game on May 17.
All Bi-City coming out next week
Four All Bi-City teams will be featured on three consecutive days next week.
On Tuesday, swimming will be announced, followed by wrestling on Wednesday and girls and boys basketball on Thursday.
Along with the teams will be stories on the coaches and players of the year for each sport.
David Mitchell, 706-571-8571; Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.