Redskins win county baseball title

Cleveland short stop Dusty Cornelius tags a Redskin baserunner during last week’s Blount County Tournament championship game.

Cleveland short stop Dusty Cornelius tags a Redskin baserunner during last week’s Blount County Tournament championship game.

It took an extra two weeks because of the weather, but Oneonta emerged as the 2010 Blount County Baseball Tournament champions after outlasting Cleveland 5-0 last Wednesday at Appalachian.

Neither team could get anything going offensively through the first five innings as Oneonta’s Matt Hellums and Cleveland’s Hunter Tucker were dominant on the mound.

Hellums had actually presented the game’s best chance of producing a run when he doubled with one out in the fourth inning. However, Tucker got a groundout and a flyout from the Oneonta No. 4 and 5 hitters to end the threat.

Oneonta head coach Phil Phillips makes his point to the umpire.

Oneonta head coach Phil Phillips makes his point to the umpire.

The Redskins finally broke through in the top of the sixth. Trevor Willis reached on a one-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch but it looked like Tucker would get out of the inning when he got Hellums to pop out to second.

The game changed with the next batter as Oneonta’s Wes Gillespie lined an RBI single into left-center field to score Willis. Travis Sims and Jake Thomas followed with back-to-back doubles and a walk to Schyler Walker led to an RBI single off the bat of Taylor Oden.

When the dust cleared, Oneonta was staked to a 5-0 lead, more than enough for Hellums.

The senior left-hander gave up a pair of singles over the final two innings but also recorded four strikeouts, including the final two outs of the game.

Tucker was solid but fell to 2-2 on the year. The senior pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.

Hellums was outstanding as he gave up just three hits and a walk and struck out 11 to improve to 5-0 on the year.

Hellums was 2 for 4 with a double to lead the Oneonta offense. Oden (2 for 3, RBI), Sims (1 for 3, double, RBI, run), and Thomas (1 for 3, double, RBI, run) were also solid at the plate.

Cleveland fell to 14-14 on the year while Oneonta improved to 12-2.

After the tournament, the coaches selected an alltournament team. Named to the team were Jeremy Hill – Appalachian; Justin Duncan and Stephen Moore – J.B. Pennington; Austin Burgett and Kyle Story – Locust Fork; Isaac Veitch and Cameron Cooper – Hayden; Russell Silvers, Hunter Wesson, and Thomas Horton – Cleveland; Wes Gillespie, Travis Sims, and Jake Thomas – Oneonta. Matt Hellums of Oneonta was named MVP.

Tuesday, March 30

Baseball at Blountsville
J.B. Pennington 15, Hanceville 3 (5 innings)

After losing 7-4 at Hanceville the day before, the Tigers rebounded for the big 3A Area 12 victory by pounding out 22 hits.

Eleven of the hits and 13 of the runs came in the third inning as the Tigers broke open a 1-1 tie.

Mitchell Doyle (4 for 4, two RBIs, two stolen bases), Daniel Smith (3 for 3, three RBIs, two runs), Stephen Moore (3 for 4, double, RBI, three runs), Tyler Hamm (3 for 4, two RBIs, run), and Lee Morton (2 for 3, triple, double, two RBIs, three runs) led the offense.

Morton improved to 3-1 on the year and surrendered just four hits with 11 strikeouts. J.B. Pennington 11, Hanceville 8

The Tigers trailed 8-7 after six innings but used a tworun triple by Lee Morton and an RBI single by Daniel Smith to score another and complete a four-run, seventh inning rally.

Morton (4 for 5, triple, two doubles, four RBIs, three runs, three stolen bases), Justin Duncan (3 for 3, three runs, two stolen bases), Wesley Stephens (3 for 4, double, two RBIs, two runs), Robbie Taylor (2 for 3), and Tyler Hamm (2 for 3, RBI) paced the offense.

Stephen Moore got the win for the Tigers (10-7).

Thursday, April 1

Baseball at Blountsville
Appalachian 14, J.B. Pennington 4 (5 innings)

The visiting Eagles scored at least one run in every inning – including four in each of the last two innings – to cruise to the victory.

Pennington (10-8) was led by Lee Morton, who finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. Softball at Locust Fork
Ashville 16, Locust Fork 0 (4 innings)

The Lady Hornets demolished the Lady Bulldogs to pick up an important 4A Area 10 victory.

Casey Irey (2 for 3, triple, two RBIs, two runs), Mollie Denney (2 for 4, triple, three RBis, run) and Mary Rhodes (2 for 4, two RBIs, two runs) led the offense.

Mollie Denney struck out six and walked one while giving up four hits to get the win.

Friday, April 2

Softball at Gadsden Tournament
Locust Fork 8, Ft. Payne 1

Jordan Hood gave up just one hit (a solo home run) and struck out 11 as the Lady Hornets opened the tournament with an easy win over the 5A Lady Wildcats.

Hood (2 for 4, home run, double, five RBIs, run), Mollie Denney (2 for 4, double, two runs), and Megan Cook (2 for 3, RBI, run) were the only Hornets to get more than one hit. Saks 2, Locust Fork 1

Christian Rhodes was solid on the mound – gave up just four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts – but the Hornets could not do anything at the plate.

Mollie Denney (double), Mary Rhodes, Hannah Kirkley, and Keli Melton collected the Locust Fork hits. Jordan Hood had an RBI.

Saturday, April 3

Softball at Gadsden Tournament
Locust Fork 11, Hokes Bluff 2

In the final game of pool play, Christian Rhodes turned in another solid effort on the mound – six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts – and this time the offense helped her out.

Mary Rhodes (3 for 3, two runs), Hannah Kirkley (2 for 2 RBI, two runs), and Casey Irey (1 for 1, double, three RBIs, run) led the offense. Locust Fork 12, North Sand Mountain 7

The Lady Hornets opened up the tournament bracket with a high-scoring victory over the Lady Bison.

Mollie Denney (4 for 4, home run, double, three RBIs, three runs) was the offensive star, although Haley Glasscox (3 for 3, triple, double, RBI, run) wasn’t far behind. Casey Irey was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, and three runs and Keli Melton was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Christian Rhodes (three innings) and Casey Irey (two innings) split up the mound duties. Ft. Payne 4, Locust Fork 3

The Lady Wildcats avenged the pool play loss from the day before and knocked the Lady Hornets out of the tournament.

Jordan Hood, Mary Rhodes, Hannah Kirkley, and Haley Glasscox were each 2 for 3. Hood, Irey, and Keli Melton scored runs.

Hood pitched well – three hits, three walks, and 15 strikeouts – but took the loss.

Monday, April 5

Softball at Oneonta
Oneonta 20, Ashville 5 (4 innings)

The Lady Redskins blasted the visiting Lady Bulldogs to improve to 2-2 in 4A Area 10.

Rebecca Sloan gave up six hits and three walks with five strikeouts to get the win.

Haley Garrett (3 for 3, three RBIs), Bailey Roberson (2 for 2, double, three RBIs), and Kelsey King (2 for 4, double, four RBIs) led the Redskin offense. Blount County Softball Tournament this week

J.B. Pennington High School is the host for this year’s Blount County Softball Tournament. Actually, Pennington is the host of two softball tournaments as the junior high tournament was played Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The tournament will get underway this afternoon with Pennington meeting Hayden at 3 o’clock. That is the only game scheduled for today and the next two days will depend on the weather.

Other first-round match-ups include Appalachian meeting Locust Fork and Cleveland taking on Oneonta – Susan Moore has the first-round bye.

The tournament will continue either Thursday afternoon at 5:30 or Friday afternoon at 1 – depending on the weather.

The championship game(s) will be Saturday afternoon. This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, April 7

Blount County Tournament at
Blountsville Town Park
J.B. Pennington vs Hayden 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 8

Douglas at Susan Moore (V, JV) 4:30
*Locust Fork at Oneonta (DH) 4:30 p.m.
Blount County Tournament at
*Westminster-Huntsville at Oneonta –
Girls 5 p.m.; Boys 7 p.m.

Friday, April 9

Oneonta at Locust Fork (JV) 6 p.m.
Sardis at Oneonta (JV, V) 4:30 p.m.
Victory Christian at Appalachian 4 p.m.
Blount County Tournament at

Saturday, April 10

Blount County Tournament at

Monday, April 12

Gulf Shores Tournament
Oneonta vs Pisgah 11:30 a.m.
Hayden vs Wilson 11:30 a.m.
Oneonta vs Thomasville 1 p.m.
Hayden vs Satsuma 1 p.m.
Oneonta vs Oliver Springs, Tn. 4 p.m.
Hayden vs Beech, Tn. 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13

Gulf Shores Tournament
Oneonta vs Mary Montgomery 11:30
Oneonta vs Spanish Fort 2:30 p.m.
Hayden vs Gulf Shores 2:30 p.m.