Bulldogs host first game since 2019

High School Baseball

Susan Moore’s Trey Cook (18) tags a Douglas runner. -Sherry Abercrombie

On Feb. 23 the Susan Moore Bulldogs hosted their first baseball game since 2019. Rain wiped out much of the early season and COVID-19 took the rest. The Bulldogs faced the Locust Fork Hornets for the second time in three days.

Locust Fork got on the board first scoring three runs in the first inning. The Hornets added four more in the fourth. Susan Moore added a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Garrett Poole led off the inning with a walk. With two outs, Ethan Walker singled on a ground ball to center field. Poole scored. Trey Cook was up next hitting a grounder that brought Walker home.

In the bottom of the fifth the Bulldogs added three more. After two quick outs, Camden Lackey reached first on an error and a single off the bat of Poole moved him to second. Andrew Shelton hit a hard ground ball sending Lackey home and moving Poole to third. Poole scored on an error by first baseman Tommaso Franceschelli, which also sent Shelton to third. A hard hit ball by Preston Allison scored Shelton.

Southeastern’s Noah McCray (23) celebrates during the Good Hope game. -Jeff Sargent

The Hornets added one more run in the top of the seventh for a final score of 8-5. Tucker Massey got the win for the Hornets. In five innings, he gave up five runs on three hits. For the Bulldogs, Poole gave up six runs on five hits in three and a third innings for the loss. He led the Bulldogs at the plate going 2-for-2 and scoring two runs. Gavin Payne recorded two hits in his two at bats for the Hornets. Lukas Huber was 2-for-4 with a couple of RBIs.

Two nights later, the Bulldogs welcomed the Douglas Eagles to Susan Moore. This time the Bulldogs came out on top 4-2 for their first win of the season. They’re scheduled for another home game with the Eagles at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The Hornets traveled to Guntersville Saturday and struggled to get much going offensively losing 1-11. The Hornets got on the board in the first when Whitehead singled bringing Isaiah King home. Franceschelli, Huber, Zac Tarpley, and Austin McMurry each recorded a hit, but the Hornets couldn’t get any more runners home. Huber took the loss. In four innings pitched, he gave up nine runs on seven hits. Tomorrow, the Hornets host Gardendale with a start time of 4:30 p.m.

Oneonta’s Andrew McElvey (2) leaps but cannot avoid being tagged at home. -Sandy McElvey

Oneonta’s Andrew McElvey (2) leaps but cannot avoid being tagged at home. -Sandy McElvey

Hayden

Hayden had trouble keeping up with Springville in a 3-10 loss on Wednesday.

Springville took an early lead scoring one in their first at bat. In the second, Hayden evened the score when Carson Simmons took the first pitch he’d seen in the game deep to left field for a solo home run. Hayden then took the lead when Trenton Sawyer’s sac fly scored Eli Williams who reached on a single.

Springville took a one-run lead scoring two in the top of the third. Hayden plated a run to tie the game back up when Carson Snow scored on a wild pitch by Springville’s Parker Wells. The Tigers took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning. In the fifth, due to some missed defensive opportunities by the Wildcats, and questionable officiating, Springville scored five runs to break the game open. Hayden left fielder Eli Williams was attempting to field a well-hit ball and slid to a stop at the fence. The fence gave way and Williams became entangled in the fence. Umpires called time with the runner between first and second. The runner had tripped and fallen over first base, yet was then awarded second and third.

Appalachian’s Bryson Seawright (3) connects against J.B. Pennington. -Kelly Clark

Parker Wells started on the mound for Springville while Joshua Hunnicutt came in as relief to get the win. Sammy Collins took the loss for the Wildcats. Collins lasted four innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out three and walking two. Landon Bradford came in as relief for the Wildcats giving up five runs on four hits while walking three and striking out one. Simmons led Hayden at the plate with two hits (a home run and a single) in four at bats.

On Thursday, the Wildcats and Hornets fought to the very end in a contest won by the Hornets 7-5. Locust Fork scored first when Franceschelli, who had singled earlier, scored off of a Lukas Huber triple to deep center. The run remained the only score through four innings. Both teams mounted threats on the bases, but neither was able to get a man across the plate.

Locust Fork scored one in the top of the fifth while Hayden put up three runs of its own. The offensive output by the Wildcats was led by Carson Snow, Williams, and Caden Mason, who all drove in runs in the half-inning. Hayden led 3-2.

In the sixth, Locust Fork rattled off three straight hits off Wildcat-reliever Williams. The Hornets put up five runs in the inning before Braden Hodges struck out J.M. Whitehead to end the half inning. Hayden mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth scoring two when Kyler Leamon and Hodges both crossed the plate.

After the Hornets went three up and three down in the top of the seventh, Hayden threatened. Trenton Sawyer walked and Leamon singled, leaving the Wildcats with the go ahead run at the plate with one out. Hornet second baseman Austin McMurry fielded a ground ball and a pop-up on the next two batters to end the contest.

Gavin Payne got the win for Locust Fork going two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out three, and walking five. Williams took the loss for Hayden surrendering five runs on four hits, while not recording a single out.

Whitehead started the game for the Hornets. He allowed four hits and three runs over four and one-third innings striking out six. Mason Mullaney started the game on the mound for Hayden. He gave up two runs on three hits over five innings, striking out four and walking three. Hodges closed out the game for the Wildcats giving up zero runs on two hits while striking out two.

Hayden collected six hits in the contest. Simmons went 2-for-3 at the plate while Snow was 2-for-4.

Locust Fork racked up nine hits. Huber went 2-for-3 while Franceschelli went 2-for-4.

The loss drops the Wildcats’ record to 1-4 while Locust Fork remained undefeated until picking up their first loss Saturday against Guntersville. Hayden faces the Southeastern Mustangs at home tomorrow and travels to Springville for a rematch with the Tigers on March 5.

-Jeffrey Williams

Oneonta

The Redskins hosted the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils Feb. 23 and found themselves in a hole early. The Blue Devils scored three in the first, added one run in the second, and another in the third en route to a 7-2 road victory. Oneonta finally got on the board in the fifth. Andrew McElvey doubled on a line drive to center field. Will Moye’s line drive double scored McElvey. The Redskins got their final run in the bottom of the seventh when a single off the bat of Moye scored Braden Moore.

Moye was 3-for-4 knocking in both the Redskin runs. Tanner Bartlett was on the mound for Oneonta. He gave up six runs on four hits in four innings.

On Feb. 25, the Redskins remained at home for a game against Westbrook Christian. Connor Faust got the start giving up one run to start the game. Westbrook couldn’t get anything going after that.

The Redskins left two runners on base in the first, but went three up and three down in the second, third, and fourth. In the fifth inning, McElvey broke that streak with a line drive single to center. Moore was hit by a pitch sending McElvey to second. Camden Moore got the walk loading the bases. Moye grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring McElvey. Brodie Devaney reached base on an error, but brought in another run. Moore then scored on a wild pitch. Beau Ragsdale’s line drive double to right field brought two more runners in putting Oneonta on top 5-2 with two innings left.

Westbrook managed to score two more in the top of the sixth, but Luke Hodge sat the first three batters down in the top of the seventh earning the save in Oneonta’s 5-4 victory.

Moye, Devaney, Ragsdale, Faust, and McElvey each got one hit in the game. Ragsdale brought in two runs while Moye had one RBI. Faust pitched four innings giving up only one run and one hit. Sam Patrick got the win. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings pitched.

Southeastern

The Mustangs fell behind on the road at Leeds Feb. 23, falling to the Green Wave 3-9. Logan Young took the loss. He gave up five runs on seven hits through four innings. Trent Carpenter, Auston Sargent, and Young each had a hit.

On Saturday, the Mustangs were at home for a double-header against the Good Hope Raiders. The Mustangs won both in dramatic fashion.

Game one went into extra innings tied at 10. In the bottom of the ninth, Carpenter’s walk-off double scored two runs giving the Mustangs a 12-10 victory. The Mustangs were down by one going into their last at bat. But Sargent’s RBI sent the game into extra innings.

Gabe Marsh got the win for Southeastern. He pitched one-third of an inning and didn’t give up any hits or runs. Young, Noah McCray, and Drew Hicks pitched in relief. Kevin Juhola got the start. He gave up five runs but allowed only one hit.

The Mustangs racked up 16 hits with Juhola leading the way. He had three hits in his four at bats. Ben Hall, McCray, Brady Leith, Ashton Cardenas, Carpenter, and Brody Dobbins all had multiple hits for the Mustangs.

Game two ended almost the same as game one. Dobbins’ walk-off single in extra innings gave the Mustangs a 2-1 advantage as they swept the Raiders. Southeastern’s pitchers recorded 13 strike outs in eight innings. Marsh got his second win of the day despite giving up the tying run.

While the Mustangs scored only two, they did tally 10 hits. Juhola got three hits in his four at bats while Dobbins had two hits.

Cleveland

The Appalachian Eagles visited the Cleveland Panthers last Wednesday. The Eagles tallied 11 hits, but still fell to the Panthers 9-10. Bryson Seawright got the Eagles going in the first with a single on a hard hit to second. Chase Payne’s line drive was enough to advance Seawright to third and Payne took advantage of an error on the play landing at second. Both runners scored on Landon Snow’s line drive.

Cleveland got on the board in the bottom of the second. Kyle Willis walked. With two outs, Patrick Childers doubled on a line drive to center field bringing Willis home.

But the Eagles weren’t done. They added two more runs in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth. In the third, Snow scored on a single off the bat of Caydon Whittington. Logan Baswell’s sacrifice fly later in the inning brought Whittington home. Payne led off the fourth with a single, Snow reached on catcher’s interference by Ace Kon, Garrett Helms walked, and Whittington’s line drive to center field scored one. Brody grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring another run. Baswell singled on a deep fly to right field scoring the final two of the inning. Payne led off the fifth with a walk eventually scoring on a hard grounder off the bat of Whittington.

The Panthers headed into the bottom of the fifth down 2-9. Hits from Cade Wilson, Kartar Adams, Brody Gibson, Childers, and Will Faust scored five runs to cut the Eagles’ lead to two. Adrian Zavala didn’t allow another Eagle run shutting them out over the final two innings. In the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers finally evened the score. Zavala doubled on a ground ball to left field and Wilson’s triple in the next at bat sent him home. Jesus Elizarrarez then grounded out, but Wilson scored tying the game. With one out in the seventh, Faust singled on a hard ground ball to right field sending Browning home for the winning run.

Wilson started the game for the Panthers going three innings. He gave up six runs on six hits. Zavala got the win. In four innings, he gave up three runs on five hits. Payne was the Eagles starting pitcher going four and a third innings. The Eagles gave up seven runs on three hits during that span. Helms threw two innings out of the bullpen giving up three runs on four hits.

Appalachian

The Eagles opened their 2021 season at home against the J.B. Pennington Tigers Feb. 23. They put on a show with a combined 21 hits and 31 runs scored. Once the dust settled, the Eagles were on top 16-15.

Seawright, Joey Williams, Snow, and Elijah Jones all recorded two hits and scored three runs. Seawright, Williams, Payne, and Snow had one RBI apiece. Payne and Helms each scored twice.

For the Tigers, Matthew Smith, Jaxon Timmerman, Sawyer Heptinstall, Isaac Murphree, and Presley Williams each had two hits with Smith, Jaxon Timmerman, Heptinstall, and Murhpree all scoring two runs. Jackson Millwood and Zack Timmerman also scored twice and recorded a hit. Dawson Phillips, Williams, and Noah Blackwood each scored a run in the high scoring affair.

Payne got the win for the Eagles allowing one run on two hits in one inning on the mound. Zack Timmerman was credited with the loss. He didn’t allow any hits, but two runs scored in his one and one-third innings on the mound. Williams started for the Tigers giving up nine runs on seven hits. Joey Williams got the start for the Eagles. He went two and a third innings allowing eight runs on five hits.

J.B. Pennington

Last Saturday the Pennington Tigers faced Pleasant Valley and Ashville and struggled to get on the board in both games. They fell to Pleasant Valley 4-12 and were shut out 0-12 against the Bulldogs.

Against Pleasant Valley, the Tigers scored one run in each of the first four innings. They finished the game with seven hits. Smith and Zack Timmerman both went 2-for-4 at the plate. Zack Timmerman led things off on the mound for Pennington giving up 12 runs on eight hits through four and two-thirds innings.

In game two against the Bulldogs, the Tigers totaled just three hits from Smith, Heptinstall, and Zack Timmerman.

Jaxon Timmerman started for the Tigers giving up nine runs on three hits in three innings pitched. Isaac Murphree and Jesse Amos each pitched an inning. Murphree allowed three runs on three hits.