Baseball/Softball

(April 8-14)

Cleveland’s Bryson Browning dives to avoid the tag from Southeastern’s Bryant Hathorn. -Jeff Sargent

Cleveland’s Bryson Browning dives to avoid the tag from Southeastern’s Bryant Hathorn. -Jeff Sargent

Baseball

APPALACHIAN was 3-0 for the week defeating Cornerstone and Locust Fork. The Eagles won 14-4 over Cornerstone last Thursday. They scored one run in the first and second innings and then scored seven runs in the third inning. Chase Payne began the fourth inning with a homer into left field. They had two runs total in the fourth inning and concluded with three in the fifth. Payne, Max Glaze, Landon Snow, and Dalton Lancaster all had two hits to lead the Eagles to victory. Glaze also received the win from the mound. He allowed zero runs on two hits, struck out four, and walked zero over two innings.

The Eagles trailed 7-8 in the sixth inning of their second matchup against Cornerstone when Noah Harris put Appalachian in the lead after a line drive homerun with two runners on base. Payne pitched three strikeouts in the seventh and Appalachian won 12-8.

Appalachian took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning against Locust Fork Friday. They scored three more runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh to secure a 7-4 victory. The Eagles collected 11 total hits. Harris was 3-4 to lead at the plate. Snow was the winning pitcher. He surrendered four runs, seven hits, and struck out two during his six innings pitched. Appalachian (12-10) will travel to Marion County (11-10) for the first round of the state playoffs Friday at 4:30 p.m.

HAYDEN had three wins over Dora last week. Hunter Higdon received the 14-1 win from the mound in their first victory. He allowed one run, four hits, and struck out six in five innings. The second inning was the biggest for the Wildcats, scoring seven runs. Ben Abernathy led at the plate with two hits in three at bats and one RBI.

Hayden scored all four runs in the fourth inning to defeat Dora 4-2 in the first game of a double-header Thursday. Dalton Curtis was the winning pitcher. He surrendered two runs on two hits and struck out eight during his five innings pitched.

The Wildcats defeated Dora 9-3 in their final matchup. The Wildcats had 11 total hits with Olvey and Preston Key leading the way with three hits each. Justin Churchwell received the win from the mound. He surrendered three hits and three runs over five innings.

J.B. PENNINGTON came close to shutting out Holly Pond on two occasions last week. They first defeated the Broncos 7-1. They scored five of their seven runs in the third inning. Noah Allison was the winning pitcher in the onslaught. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out two over seven innings. Matthew Smith led the Tigers from the plate with three hits in four at bats.

Pennington wiped out Holly Pond 12-0. They scored four of their runs in the first inning and then scored the remaining eight in the fifth. Luke Cassity dominated from the mound. He allowed one hit, struck out four, and walked one during his five innings pitched. The Tigers collected 12 total hits. Cassity (2-3), Jaxon Bullard (2-4, 1 RBI), and Jackson Millwood (2-4, 2 RBIs) each had two hits to lead Pennington to victory. Pennington (10-9) will travel to Vinemont (12-9) Friday for the first round of the state playoffs.

ONEONTA claimed an area championship with three wins and one loss for the week. Their 1-3 loss came in the first game against Fairview. However, the Redskins came back during the second meeting and defeated Fairview 3-1. Oneonta scored two runs in the third inning when Joseph Cimalore doubled and scored one run. Jacob Green grounded out to score the second run of the inning. Harris Burns brought in Jake Hodge for the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Burns was the winning pitcher. He surrendered one run on three hits, struck out 11 and walked one over seven innings.

The Redskins second win over Fairview was a 14-1 knockout. Brodie McCracken led the way from the mound. He surrendered three hits and one run and struck out six over five innings. Oneonta collected 11 total hits. Daniel McCary led from the plate with four hits in four at bats with three RBIs.

Oneonta had a close call with Westbrook Christian, but came out on top winning 7-6. The game was tied at six when McCary hit a homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Redskins the lead. McCary (2-3, 1 RBI) and Austin Nix (2-3) each had two hits to lead at the plate. The wins improved the Redskins to 15-6 thus far in the season. They will host Fayette County (14-14) Friday at 4:30 p.m. for the first round of the state playoffs.

SOUTHEASTERN continued their successful season and won area with three huge wins over Cleveland last week. Jacob Robertson led the way from the mound in their first win. He surrendered six hits and three runs and struck out three in six innings. The Mustangs rallied 11 hits in the 14-3 win. Albert Tinney (1-1, 1 RBI) hit a homer to left field in the second inning. Robertson, Ashton Cardenas, and Mitchell Young had multiple hits. Cardenas (3-5, 2 RBIs) led Southeastern.

The Mustangs defeated Cleveland 12-2 in their next game. Tinney was the winning pitcher. He surrendered two runs on one hit and struck out eight. Southeastern rallied eight hits in the game. Brody Dobbins and Cardenas had multiple hits. Dobbins was 3-3 with 2 RBIs.

Southeastern won 14-4 in their final game against Cleveland. The Panthers scored three runs to begin the game, but the Mustangs were out of reach after scoring 13 runs in the third. Alex Lopez received the win on the mound. He allowed four runs on six hits and struck out three over five innings. Bryant Hathorn and Cardenas had two hits each to lead their team to victory. Southeastern was sure-handed as they had zero errors in the game. The Mustangs (14-4) will host Addison (7-8) Friday at 4:30.

Softball

APPALACHIAN ran off with the lead late in the game in a 10-9 victory over Ragland last week. The game was tied at nine with the Eagles batting in the top of the seventh when an error scored one run. The ladies collected eight hits in the high-scoring affair. They put up three in runs in the third inning with Gracey Gulledge (1-4) and Sophie Latta (2-3) driving in runs. Jordan Henderson (2-3) added to the scoring with a homer in the sixth. Ashley Whittington was also strong at the plate going 2-4 on the day. Elise Maddox earned the win going five innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out two. Whittington threw two innings of relief out of the bullpen.

HAYDEN maintained their number one spot in 5A going 2-0 last week. They started the week with a 5-1 victory over Mortimer Jordan behind the strong pitching of Hannah Cox and Miah Simmons. Kaitlyn Belding (1-3) got the offense rolling with a solo homer in the second. The Wildcats scattered nine hits in the game with two more homers from Becca Benton (2-3) and Olivia Armstrong

(2-2).

The Lady Wildcats then defeated Corner, 2-1. Cox got the win allowing six hits and one run over seven innings, walking one. Lindsey Smith hit one homer on the day with Savannah Woodard, Benton, Isabelle Johnson, and Cox each collecting one hit to lead the Wildcats at the plate.

SUSAN MOORE went 2-2 during last weekend’s Cora Blake Chapman Invitational collecting wins agains Madison County and Vincent with two losses versus Madison County.

In the 6-4 victory over Madison County, the Bulldogs were led by Mekenzie Standridge on the mound allowing five hits and four runs while striking out one and walking one. They tallied six hits in the game. Standridge (2-2) and Abby Floyd (2-2) each collected multiple hits to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.

The Lady Bulldogs came away with a 9-4 win against Vincent as they pulled away with six runs in the second inning. Hallie Holmes doubled on a 2-2 count scoring one run. Floyd’s single in that inning scored another two. Errors by Vincent allowed three more runs. Standridge pitched another good game going four innings, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out five.

A late score in game three cost them as they fell to Madison County 2-3. The pitching was strong on both sides with the game tied at two in the fourth inning when Madison County singled, scoring the winning run. Chloe Smith lasted five innings for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out one. Standridge smacked a homerun while Jada Kent, Haley Lang, and Emma Cornelius also had hits on the day.

In the final game, the Lady Bulldogs fell once again to Madison County, 5-10. They stayed in it until the end, but Madison County pulled away late. Standridge surrendered 10 runs on 10 hits over seven innings. Lang went long in the third as the Bulldogs racked up seven hits in the game.