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Appalachian’s Logan Baswell (12) slides and beats the tag across home plate against Coosa Christian. -Kelli Clark

Appalachian’s Logan Baswell (12) slides and beats the tag across home plate against Coosa Christian. -Kelli Clark

Caden Jones’ six-RBI day set up a big road win for the Eagles. Appalachian topped area foe Coosa Christian 13-1 last week. The Eagles racked up eight hits in seven innings while Chase Payne pitched a gem. Through seven innings pitched, Payne struck out 20 while allowing one hit and one run.

It was a scoreless game heading into the top of the third, but that soon changed. Brody Alexander led off with a ground-ball double to second. Joey Williams hit into a fielder’s choice and Payne walked to load the bases. Next up was Jones who ripped the ball to deep center for a grand slam. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Eagles added one run in the top of the fifth. Bryson Seawright, Williams, and Payne walked loading the bases. Jones walked sending Seawright home.

Seawright got things going in the seventh inning on a line-drive double to center field. Williams and Payne were both hit by a pitch loading the bases for the Eagles once again. Jones drew another walk to send Seawright home. A line drive to center off the bat of Landon Snow scored two. The next three batters walked with Jones and Snow adding a couple more runs. Before the inning ended, Logan Baswell, Alexander, and Logan Harvey each scored.

Appalachian’s Chase Payne (11) delivers against Coosa Christian. -Traci Price

Appalachian’s Chase Payne (11) delivers against Coosa Christian. -Traci Price

Williams led the Eagles at the plate going 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. Jones was 1-for-3 with a grand slam, six RBIs, and two runs scored.

The Eagles hosted Coosa Christian on Friday with Payne getting the shutout in a 10-0 win. In six innings he allowed only one hit while striking out 12.

Jones tripled in the first inning bringing Payne home for the Eagles’ first run. Harvey’s double in the second inning scored Baswell. In the third inning, a single from Jones got Payne home, while Snow’s double scored Jones. Snow advanced to third on a ground out and scored stealing home.

The Eagles added a couple more runs in fourth. The first came on Harvey’s steal of home and the second on Helms’ steal of home. In the fifth, Baswell scored on a passed ball and in the sixth Seawright also took advantage of a passed ball to score. Payne scored the final run of the night, another steal of home.

Southeastern’s Logan Young (12) takes a cut against Cleveland. -Jeff Sargent

Southeastern’s Logan Young (12) takes a cut against Cleveland. -Jeff Sargent

Appalachian is undefeated in Class 1A Area 12 play with four wins. They have two area games remaining. They host Cedar Bluff April 5 and travel to Cedar Bluff April 6. The Eagles close out spring break with a double header on the road against Pleasant Valley and Randolph Friday, March 26. Game one starts at 1 p.m.

Hayden

The Wildcats are in south Alabama this week for the Gulf Coast Classic at Gulf Shores. They met Chilton County Monday; Gulf Sores, Fairhope, and Mars Hill Bible, Tuesday; and they meet Spanish Fort tonight at 7 p.m. We will provide a full report on the Gulf Coast Classic next week.

Hayden begins 5A Area 12 play next week with a 4:30 p.m. game March 30 against Center Point. They play Cordova April 6 and April 8 before wrapping up area play with Corner on April 13 and April 15.

Locust Fork

In a 2A Area 11 match up, the Locust Fork Hornets traveled to West End Friday night and hosted them on Saturday. Friday night, the Hornets came up one run short falling to the Patriots 4-5.

Locust Fork got on the board first with one run in the first inning, but West End answered with two of their own in the second and one in the third. The Hornets cut into the lead with another run in the fifth when Tommaso Franceschelli singled on a ground ball to second base sending Isiah King home.

After West End added two runs in the bottom of the inning, the Hornets found themselves down 2-5. Gavin Payne led off the sixth with a single. Three pitches later, Payne was safe at third after Lukas Huber doubled on a hard ground ball to left. Dylan Taylor’s single scored Payne and got Huber to third. Another single off the bat of Landon Keith scored Huber making it a one-run game.

The Hornets, however, didn’t score any more. Tucker Massey got the start for Locust Fork. He allowed five runs on five hits through five innings. Keith pitched the final inning. He didn’t allow any hits or any runs as he closed the game out.

Huber led the Hornets at the plate with two hits in four at bats. Franceschelli, Taylor, and Keith each had one hit and one RBI. Payne, King, and Massey all finished with one hit as well.

Despite another rally in Saturday’s game, the Hornets couldn’t erase a five-run deficit as they lost 3-5. The Patriots got on the board first with one run in the first inning. They added four more in the top of the third going up 5-0.

Zac Tarplay’s single to lead off the bottom of the third got things going for the Hornets. He was able to score on Keith’s double in the next at bat. Franceschelli’s double got Keith across the plate for the second Hornet run of the inning. Later in the inning, with two outs, Franceschelli made it home on a Ben Oden ground out for their third and final run.

They couldn’t put any more on the score board coming away with their second area loss of the weekend. Getting the loss was Austin McMurry. He surrendered five hits and five runs through seven innings. Franceschelli, Payne, Keith, and Tarpley each had one hit to lead the team at the plate while Franceschelli, Oden, and Keith each had one RBI.

The Hornets are 0-2 in area play with three games to play against Cleveland and two against Southeastern. They play at Cleveland on April 5 and host the Panthers in a double header on April 6. On April 12, Southeastern comes to Locust Fork with the Hornets going to Southeastern on April 13.

Oneonta

Tanner Bartlett shut down and shut out Crossville Friday afternoon. He pitched five innings striking out 13 while allowing only two hits in Oneonta’s 10-0 win.

Oneonta got things going with a run in the first and added nine more over the next three innings. A Crossville error put Will Moye on first base to start the bottom of the first inning. Singles from Braden Moore and Brodie Devaney loaded the bases. Luke Hodge knocked in Moye with his line-drive single.

In the second inning, Moye’s sacrifice fly scored a run while a balk by the Crossville pitcher sent another run across home plate. A bases-loaded walk scored one more for a 5-0 lead heading into the third inning.

Moye’s triple on a line drive to center field scored Sam Patrick and Moore’s double sent Moye home. Moore made it home on Beau Ragsdale’s line drive to left field. After three innings, the Redskins were up 7-0.

Oneonta added three more in the fourth. Connor Faust led the inning off with a double. Alex Presley followed that up with a homer over the left field fence. Later in the inning with bases loaded, Devaney grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Patrick.

Moore was 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Redskins. He scored twice along with Moye and Patrick. Moye finished with two RBIs as did Presley with his two-run homer in the fourth.

On Monday, Oneonta played at Mortimer Jordan. The Redskins tallied 11 hits in their 11-3 win. Oneonta didn’t waste any time getting on the score board with three runs in the first thanks to Ragsdale’s RBI single and Hodge’s two-run homer.

The Redskins scored three more in the second, two in the third, and three in fifth. Faust started the game for the Redskins. He went seven innings allowing just three runs on three hits.

Ragsdale led Oneonta at the plate with three hits in five at bats, three RBIs, and one run. Moye and Hodge each had two hits with Moye scoring two runs with one RBI. Hodge knocked in three runs and scored one. Moore, Devany, McElvey, and Patrick finished with one hit apiece.

The Redskins open up area play next week with a 4:30 p.m. game at Ashville. On April 1, they host Ashville in a double header. They will face Etowah on April 13 at home and April 15 on the road.

J.B. Pennington

The Tigers scored 17 runs on 12 hits in four innings last week beating the visiting Holly Pond Broncos 17-6 in a 3A Area 13 match up. Each team put up four runs in the first, but the Tigers added six in the second, two in the third, and five more in the fourth.

Isaac Murphree singled on a hard ground ball to left field to bring in Sawyer Heptinstall for the first run of the game. Jaxon Timmerman’s triple to right field scored two more in the first. He scored the fourth run of the inning on Zack Timmerman’s grounder.

In the second, Jackson Millwood and Murphree singled and then scored when Dawson Tinker doubled on a hard grounder to right field. J. Timmerman and Z. Timmerman each singled adding two more runs to the score. A double off the bat of Matthew Smith later in the inning scored two more.

Murphree doubled in the third to bring Millwood home while J. Timmerman’s single drove Murphree in. In their final at bat, Smith knocked in Jesse Amos and added a run scoring on a wild pitch. Dillion Arnold, Murphree, and Tinker each made it home on a fly ball hit by J. Timmerman.

Murphree and J. Timmerman led the Tigers at the plate with three hits each. Murhpree recorded two RBIs and scored four runs while J. Timmerman knocked in four and scored one. Smith and Millwood each had two hits with Smith recording three RBIs and Millwood scoring three runs.

Presley Williams got the start and the win for the Tigers. He surrendered six runs on four hits through five innings and struck out six.

On Friday, the Tigers struggled to get runs home as they fell to Good Hope 4-13. They scored one run in the first, two in the third, and one more in the fourth. Good Hope added four runs in the second putting the Tigers in an early hole.

Smith, Heptinstall, Murhpree, and J. Timmerman scored the four Pennington runs. Millwood, Murphree, and Z. Timmerman had one RBI each. Heptinstall, Millwood, Murphy, Tinker, Z. Timmerman, and Amos had one hit apiece.

Pitching for the Tigers were Billy Pezzaca, Amos, and Dawson Phillips. Pezzaca went two innings allowing four runs on three hits. Amos pitched three allowing nine runs on nine hits. Phillips allowed just one hit and zero runs in his only inning to pitch.

The Tigers bounced back Saturday with two wins in their double header with Holly Pond. In game one, the score was tied at two apiece after three innings. Pennington added one in the top of the fifth, but the Broncos added three. Holly Pond scored one more in the sixth for a 6-3 lead as Pennington came to the plate in their last at bat.

Heptinstall led off the seventh with a single. Millwood and Murphree were hit by pitches loading the bases. Tinker grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Heptinstall and advancing Millwood to third. A single from J. Timmerman got Millwood home. Tinker and J. Timmerman each scored on errors giving the Tigers a 7-6 victory.

Smith got the win. He gave up two runs on two hits striking out five in two and two-thirds innings. Z. Timmerman started for the Tigers. He gave up five runs on five hits striking out seven.

At the plate, Heptinstall, Murhpree, Tinker, J. Timmerman, Z. Timmerman, and Amos each had one hit. Murphree, Tinker, J. Timmerman, and Amos each finished with one RBI apiece. Heptinstall scored three runs and Tinker scored two, while Millwood and J. Timmerman each scored one.

In game two, thanks to a three-run first inning, the Tigers were able to build a 6-3 lead; however, the Broncos tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Pennington’s first two batters in the seventh were walked. Amos scored on a Heptinstall grounder and Trent Lunsford scored on Jeremy Ortiz’s single. Murphee brought Ortiz and J. Timmerman home when he singled on a fly ball to left field.

The Tigers were up 10-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Despite giving up two runs, Pennington held on to win 10-8. Murphree took the mound first for the Tigers. In two and two-thirds innings he allowed two runs on four hits. Jaxson Branham came in from the bullpen to pitch three and one-third innings surrendering four runs on three hits. Williams got the save. He gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.

Ortiz and Dillion Arnold each had two hits to lead the Tigers at the plate. Ortiz scored four runs and added an RBI. Murphree knocked in two runners while Arnold, Williams, and Heptinstall finished with one RBI each.

The wins Saturday move the Tigers to 7-9. They are 3-0 in 3A Area 13 play with a home game against Brindlee Mountain at 11 a.m. March 29. They travel to Brindlee Mountain for a double header starting at 4:30 p.m. March 30. They wrap up area play with two games against Susan Moore: April 5 at Susan Moore and April 6 at home.

Southeastern

The Mustangs and the Panthers hit the field Friday and Saturday in a 2A Area 11 three-game series. Friday night Southeastern was up 4-2 heading into the seventh. Cleveland scored three in the top of the inning to take the lead 5-4.

Southeastern tied the game on Noah McCray’s single that brought Brody Dobbins home. Logan Young’s walk-off single scored McCray giving the Mustangs the 6-5 victory.

McCray and Dylan Abbruzzo led Southeastern at the plate with two hits apiece. Ashton Cardenas, Dobbins, Young, and Jackson McMillian each had one hit. Cardenas, McCray, Auston Sargent, and Young all knocked in one run.

Kevin Juhola got the win pitching just one-third of an inning. He didn’t give up any hits or runs. Mc- Millian started the game and allowed only two runs while striking out five through five innings. Gabe Marsh pitched one and two-thirds innings surrendering three runs on one hit.

Leading the Panthers at the plate was Cade Wilson with one hit, one RBI, and one run scored. Noah Longshore, Jesus Elizarrarez, Travis Woodard, and Will Faust scored the remaining runs. Kyle Willis and Patrick Childers had one RBI apiece.

Adrian Zavala got the loss allowing five runs on six hits through six and one-third innings. Jacob Johnson closed out the game giving up one run on two hits.

On Saturday, both games were close with Southeastern winning the first 8-6 and Cleveland taking the final game 15-13.

The Panthers scored four in the bottom of the second for a three-run lead. Southeastern added one in the fourth making it a two-run game. They went up by one in the sixth after scoring three runs. The Mustangs added three more in the seventh and then held on for the victory.

Juhola, Trent Carpenter, Abbruzzo, and Young led the Mustangs at the plate with two hits each. Young drove in three runs while Carpenter, Abruzzo, McCray, and Ben Hall each drove in one. Juhola, Carpenter, and Abruzzo scored two runs apiece while Cardenas and McMillian each scored one.

Carpenter got the win. He allowed two runs on five hits with nine strike outs through five and twothirds innings. Drew Hicks started, but lasted just one and a third giving up four runs on two hits.

For the Panthers, Wilson and Brody Gibson led the Panthers at the plate with two hits each. Gibson finished the game with three RBIs and two runs scored. Longshore and Wilson each recorded one RBI while Kartar Adams, Elizarrarez, Wilson, and Willis each scored a run.

Johnson started and took the loss giving up five runs on eight hits through five and a third innings. Ace Kon came in for the final one and two-thirds surrendering three runs on three hits.

The Panthers didn’t waste any time getting on the board in game three scoring 13 runs in the first inning. Southeastern spent the rest of the game chipping away at Cleveland’s lead. Despite out hitting the Panthers 18-12, the Mustangs came up two runs short as the Panthers won the final game of the series 15-13.

Southeastern scored five in the second, one in the fourth, three in the sixth, and four in seventh. Cleveland added one in the second and one in the sixth.

For the Panthers, Johnson, Adams, and Wilson led the way with two hits each. Wilson finished with four RBIs and two runs. Adams added a couple of RBIs and scored once. Longshore, Zavala, Elizarrarez, Childers, Bryson Browning, and Will Faust each had one hit with Longshore, Zavala, Brody Gibson, Childers, Willis, and Faust all recording one RBI. Longshore scored three runs; Johnson and Elizarrarez scored two; and Gibson, Childers, Willis, Browning, and Faust all scored once.

Shaun Spencer got the start for the Panthers. In five innings pitched, he gave up 16 hits that led to nine runs. Longshore closed out the game for Cleveland. He allowed four runs on two hits in the two innings he pitched.

Hall had three hits in three at bats, two RBIs, and four runs to lead the Mustangs at the plate. Cardenas, Young, Juhola, Carpenter, Sargent, Abbruzzo, and Dobbins each had two hits with McCray recording one hit. Juhola finished with four RBIs and one run while Abbruzzo had two RBIs. Cardenas, Young, Carpenter, and McCray each finished with one RBI. Cardenas and Young each scored two runs while Carpenter, Sargent, Dobbins, and McCray scored one apiece.

Young started for the Mustangs. He gave up six runs on three hits without recording an out. Juhola came in next giving up two runs on one hit, also without recording an out. Next up was Gabe Marsh who gave up three more runs and still not the first out. Drew Hicks came in to relieve Marsh. Hicks finally got them out of the first. He allowed three runs on one hit through four innings. Will Davis did not give up a hit or a run in his one inning on the mound. Closing out the game was Ty Hancock who surrendered one run on two hits in one inning.

Up next for Southeastern is a home game with Susan Moore on April 1. The Mustangs played in Leed’s Greenwave Classic Monday and Tuesday. We will bring you a report on that next week.

After the weekend, the Mustangs have three 2A Area 11 wins with just one loss. They host West End April 5 and travel to West End April 6. Southeastern then heads to Locust Fork on April 12. They wrap up area play at home against the Hornets on April 13.

Cleveland is now 1-3 in 2A Area 11 play. They host Locust Fork on April 5 and travel to Locust Fork for a double header with the Hornets on April 16. The Panthers wrap up area play with West End. They visit the Patriots on April 12 and finish up with a home game April 13.

Hanceville comes to Cleveland tomorrow for a 4:30 p.m. game and Cleveland travels to Hanceville for a 4:30 p.m. game Friday.

Susan Moore

The Bulldogs’ 3A Area 13 games against Brindlee Mountain were rained out last week and make up dates were not posted as of press time. They are now scheduled to play their first area game at home against Holly Pond at 4:30 p.m. March 29. On March 30, they travel to Holly Pond for a 4:30 p.m. game. The Bulldogs, for now, close out area play against J.B. Pennington with a home game April 5 and a game in Blountsville April 6.