Blount County Baseball Tournament underway


Oneonta's Matt Hellums delivers a pitch during Monday's county tournament win over Hayden.

Oneonta’s Matt Hellums delivers a pitch during Monday’s county tournament win over Hayden.

Cleveland, Oneonta, and J.B. Pennington posted wins on Monday in first-round play of the Blount County Baseball Tournament.

At Locust Fork, Cleveland got a dominant performance from Brock Cornelius to ease by Appalachian, 3-2.

Cornelius went the distance on the mound, surrendering just two hits and striking out 13.

At the plate, he was 2 for 3 with a home run and drove in two runs as the Panthers (1-5) advanced to meet host Locust Fork (3-0) in yesterday’s winner’s bracket. The loser of that contest was scheduled to meet Appalachian immediately after.

At Oneonta, the host Redskins got a solid pitching performance from junior Matt Hellums in a 5-2 victory over Hayden. Hellums fired a complete game and struck out seven.

Oneonta (5-0) built a 4-0 lead through four innings on the strength of a two-run homer off the bat of Jake Thomas.

In the other half of the bracket at Oneonta, J.B. Pennington outlasted Susan Moore by a score of 6-4.

Daniel Smith was the winning pitcher for the Tigers (2- 2) while Tyler Harper took the loss for the Bulldogs (0-2).

Susan Moore was led offensively by George Purpura (2 for 4) and Daniel Doty (1 for 2, two walks).

Susan Moore faced Hayden yesterday in the loser’s bracket while Oneonta and Pennington met in the winner’s bracket.

The tournament continues with the bracket finals on Thursday and Friday (if necessary). The championship game between the two bracket winners is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Locust Fork. High School Softball Monday, Feb. 23 at Susan Moore Susan Moore 2, Oneonta 1

The Lady Dogs rode the strong pitching performance of sophomore Angel Hilburn to win the first game.

Hilburn struck out eight and surrendered just two hits and one run in the complete-game effort.

Oneonta’s Rebecca Sloan was the tough-luck loser. The sophomore went six innings and gave up just two hits and one run (one earned) with five walks and five strikeouts.

Ashley Hamlin (1 for 3, run), Melanie Franks (single, RBI), and Hannah Holmes (1 for 3) paced the Susan Moore offense.

Oneonta got a double from Sloan and a double and an RBI from Jessica Grisso. Oneonta 3, Susan Moore 1

Kelsey King did the job on the mound and at the plate for Oneonta in game two.

King pitched the full seven innings and allowed six hits and an unearned run while walking three and striking out seven. At the plate, King blasted three triples and drove in two runs.

Jessica Grisso had a single and an RBI while Rebecca Sloan, Jessica Loyd, and Alyssa Crim each singled.

Susan Moore’s Jennifer Smith pitched well but took the loss. The senior allowed seven hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Ashley Hamlin led the Bulldog offense with a double and single and an RBI. Smith had a double and single and Whitney Sanders and Hannah Holmes each had a double.

After the doubleheader split, Susan Moore is 2-1 while Oneonta is 1-1. This week’s schedule: Thursday, Feb. 26 Baseball Blount County Tournament at Locust Fork and Oneonta Softball Oneonta at Mtn. Brook 5 p.m. Locust Fork at Shelby County 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 Baseball Blount County Tournament at Locust Fork and Oneonta (if necessary games) Saturday, Feb. 28 Baseball Blount County Tournament championship game at Locust Fork – 2 p.m. Softball Cleveland and Hayden at Hayden Round Robin Locust Fork at Locust Fork Round Robin Monday, March 2 Baseball Oneonta at Sardis (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. Appalachian at Locust Fork 5 p.m. Softball Oneonta at West End (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 Baseball J.B. Pennington at Fairview (V, JV) 4 p.m. Cleveland at West End 4:30 p.m. Appalachian at Susan Moore (V, JV) 4 p.m. Softball Locust Fork at Oneonta (V, JV) 4:30 p.m.