Appalachian continues to dominate


The Appalachian Eagles remain undefeated on the season after a decisive 6-1 victory over Douglas last Thursday. The Eagles opened up the scoring in the first inning on an RBI single off the bat of Dustin Tuttle. Chase Payne earned the victory going four innings, allowing one hit, zero runs, and striking out 10. Joey Williams threw two innings in relief. The Eagles racked up seven hits with Payne and Tuttle leading the way with two hits each. Payne also led the Eagles with five of the team’s 18 stolen bases. The Eagles are now 4-0 and head to Collinsville Saturday for an 11 a.m. game followed by Plainview at 1 p.m.

Cleveland

The Cleveland Panthers stayed in it until the end, but the Susan Moore Bulldogs pulled away in the ninth for a 6-1 victory on Friday. The game was tied 1-1 with the Bulldogs batting in the top of the ninth when Preston Allison hit into a fielder’s choice sending what would be the winning run across the plate. Brant Hutchens was on the mound for the Bulldogs, giving up only one run on five hits over six innings while striking out seven.

Pitching for the Panther’s was Ty Washburn. He went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Shaun Spencer threw two innings in relief. Austin Grigsby (2-3) led the Panthers offensively. Garrett Poole (3-5) led the Bulldogs at the plate.

Susan Moore will face the Southeastern Mustangs at 3 p.m. Monday in round one of the Blount County Tournament at Locust Fork.

On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Decatur to face the Decatur Heritage Christian Academy Eagles and East Lawrence. They fell behind early against Decatur Heritage losing 4-8. The Panthers lost despite out-hitting the Eagles 10 to 8. Elijah Longshore started for the Panthers, allowing six runs on three hits and striking out three. Adrian Zavala threw two innings out of the bullpen. Cade Wilson (4-5) led the Panthers offensively.

In the second game against East Lawrence, the Panthers had a tough time generating hits, losing 4-15. Ace Kon was on the hill for Cleveland. He allowed six hits and four runs over one and one-third innings. Patrick Childers, Travis Woodard, and Noah Longshore all pitched in relief. E. Longshore, Grigsby, and Matt Walker each collected two hits to lead the Panthers at the plate.

Cleveland travels to Blountsville Friday for a 4:30 p.m. match up against the J.B. Pennington Tigers.

Hayden

The Hayden Wildcats lost the lead late in a 3-8 loss to Oak Grove Tuesday, Feb. 25. The game was tied 1-1 with Oak Grove batting in the bottom of the fifth when Ethan Welch singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Hayden used the services of four pitchers in the contest. Justis Churchwell started the game and surrendered one run on two hits over four innings, striking out five and walking four. Dalton Curtis was first in relief, allowing one hit and three runs over two-thirds of an inning. Trent Heinrich and Carson Simmons also saw time on the mound. Nick Purvis (2-3) led the Wildcats at the plate.

Last Thursday, the Wildcats faced J.B. Pennington coming away with a 13-0 victory. Hayden’s two pitchers didn’t allow a single hit. Cole Loftis led the Wildcats to victory, allowing no hits and no runs over four innings. He struck out the first six batters before giving up three routine ground balls to the right side of the infield. Hunter Higdon threw one inning in relief.

Hayden tallied 11 hits in the game. Braden Hodges (3-3), Eli Williams (2- 2), and Higdon (2-3) each racked up multiple hits for the Wildcats.

Zack Timmerman took the loss for J.B. Pennington. He surrendered 13 runs on 11 hits over four innings, striking out two and walking three.

On Saturday, the Wildcats traveled to Colbert County to face both the Colbert County Indians and Colbert Heights. In game one against the Indians, the Wildcats came away with a 17-0 win. Trenton Sawyer led Hayden to victory going 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in four runs. Ben Abernathy homered, scoring two. Justis Churchwell got the win, surrendering no runs on three hits over three innings while striking out six. Sammie Collins and Bradford closed out the game in relief.

In game two, the Wildcats came away with a 10-5 win over Colbert Heights. The game was tied at five with Hayden batting in the top of the sixth when Abernathy singled, scoring one run. Higdon (3-4) drove in four runs on doubles in the second and seventh. Higdon got the win, going three innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out four. Abernathy threw one inning of relief.

The Wildcats will face Jasper at home Thursday in a double header that kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

Oneonta

The Redskins fell 2-12 to Mortimer Jordan on the road Tuesday, Feb. 25. Harris Burns took the loss, allowing six hits and 10 runs over one and two-thirds innings.

Saturday, the Redskins traveled to Boaz where they faced both Boaz and St. Clair County. The Redskins kept it close, but Boaz pulled away late. The game was tied 6-6 with Boaz batting in the top of the fifth when an error scored two runs. That’s all they needed to secure the 8-6 victory. Luke Hodge allowed nine hits and six runs over four innings, striking out six. Will Moye threw three innings in relief. Hodge hit a grand slam in the first. Daniel McCary led the Redskins at the plate going 2-for-3.

In game two agains St. Clair County, the Redskins came away with a 10-0 victory. Brodie McCracken threw a complete game shutout, striking out 10. The Redskins racked up 10 hits on the day with McCracken (3-4), Jacob Green (2-3), and Hodge (2-2) leading the way.

The Redskins travel to Moody for a 4:30 p.m. game Thursday.

J.B. Pennington

The Tigers watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 2-11 loss to Good Hope on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Matthew Smith led things off on the hill for the Tigers, surrendering nine runs on seven hits over three and a third innings. Dawson Blaxton and Sawyer Heptinstall each managed one hit to lead the Tigers at the plate.

The Tigers host Hanceville at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Southeastern

The Mustangs came away with a 1-0 win over the Susan Moore Bulldogs Tuesday, Feb. 25. The pitching was strong from both teams. Southeastern pitchers struck out five while Susan Moore’s Gavin Harper sat down nine. Logan Young was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs, surrendering no runs on three hits over four innings. Kevin Juhola recorded the last nine outs to earn the save. Harper surrendered just one run on three hits over six innings. Juhola, Dalton Huffstutler, and Bryant Hathorn all had one hit to lead the Mustangs at the plate. Camden Lackey went 2-for-4 to lead the Bulldogs.

On Friday, the Mustangs faced the Ashville Bulldogs in a double header. Southeastern won the first game 10-9. They seized victory in dramatic fashion thanks to a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth. The game was tied at nine when Trent Carpenter singled on a 3-2 count that sent Christian Lemley home for the winning run. Lemley got the win going one and two-thirds, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out five. The Mustangs totaled 11 hits with Juhola (2-4), Ashton Cardenas (2-4), Lemley (2-4), and Logan Young (2-4) leading the way.

In game two, the Mustangs fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 3-13 loss. They struggled to contain the high-powered offense of the Bulldogs, giving up 13 runs on 11 hits. Hathorn took the loss. Carpenter went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Mustangs.

Southeastern’s next game is at 3 p.m. Monday against Susan Moore in the Blount County Tournament held at Locust Fork.