Former East Newton High standout and Jacksonville (Alabama) State sophomore Emily Sorrell began her second season of collegiate cross country with a 32nd place finish recently in the JSU Struts Cross Country Season Opener.

Former East Newton High standout and Jacksonville (Alabama) State sophomore Emily Sorrell began her second season of collegiate cross country with a 32nd place finish recently in the JSU Struts Cross Country Season Opener.
Sorrell finished with a time of 16 minutes, 11 seconds. Georgia Tech’s Amy Ruiz won the grand prize with a time of 14:20.50, as she beat a Georgia Tech teammate by 19 seconds for the top spot.
Team wise, Georgia Tech won with 23 points, while Jacksonville State finished seventh in a nine-school field that also included Alabama, Troy, Kennesaw State, Alabama State, Samford, Mercer, and Alabama A&M.

Former Crowder players update
Two former Crowder players saw their minor league teams advance in the postseason to their respective league championships.
Double-A Trenton Thunder (New York Yankees) pitcher Andrew Schwaab and Single-A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado) outfielder Sam Hilliard are the two players.
The JetHawks beat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 12-7 for a 3-1 series and the JetHawks began their California League Championship Series quest today against the Modesto Nuts (Seattle).
Hilliard batted .368 (6 for 14) in the series against the Quakes with five runs scored, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
On the season, Hilliard achieved many career highs, including 21 home runs, 95 runs scored, 161 hits, 92 RBI, 37 stolen bases, and 133 games.
The Thunder, meanwhile, defeated the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) 3-1 to earn the Eastern League East Division title and the right to play the Altoona Curve (Pittsburgh) in the ELCS.
Schwaab pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in the series against the Rumble Ponies. He allowed two hits, no earned runs, and had no walks and no strikeouts.
In the regular season, Schwaab finished with a 6-2 record and a 3.43 ERA in 39 games with Single-A Advanced Tampa and Trenton. Schwaab pitched his first 26 games for Tampa. Also, Schwaab notched seven saves in seven opportunities and finished with 53 strikeouts and 20 walks over 57 2/3 innings.
Like Hilliard, Schwaab was a midseason all-star and his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal before the start of the all-star game.
An Eastern League title would be the final topping on a memorable season for Schwaab.
The Single-A Greenville Grasshoppers (Miami), who made the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, were eliminated after two games in the best-of-three South Atlantic League, Northern Division playoff series against the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Unfortunately, it was former Crowder pitcher Ethan Clark — a 15th round selection of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2015 MLB Draft — who took the elimination loss on Friday night.
Clark allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. Clark struck out three, walked two, and surrendered one home run.
The Intimidators left Clark with a playoff ERA of 8.10.
In the regular season, between two stops, Clark finished with a 6-4 record and a 2.59 ERA split with Greensboro and Bowling Green.
Clark went 3-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 11 regular season starts for the Grasshoppers, so Friday night’s performance certainly did not fit with Clark’s season.
After three seasons, Clark owns a 14-11 career record with a 3.27 ERA.
Clark made national news when he was part of a trade with the Rays — Tampa Bay received shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and Miami received Clark and fellow prospect Braxton Lee.