Mustangs, Tigers meet at Greenwave Classic


Southeastern’s Noah McCray (23) easily tags an Ashville Bulldog at second base. -Jeff Sargent

Southeastern’s Noah McCray (23) easily tags an Ashville Bulldog at second base. -Jeff Sargent

Both J.B. Pennington and Southeastern traveled to Leeds last week for the annual Greenwave Classic. The Mustangs opened up the tournament against the host team, Leeds, with a 6-2 win.

Trent Carpenter’s double in the first got Ashton Cardenas home for the first run of the game. Leeds went up 2-1 in the third inning, but the Mustangs got two of their own in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Southeastern tallied eight hits in the game with Carpenter leading the way. He was 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI. Cardenas, Brody Dobbins, Kevin Juhola, Gabe Marsh, and Noah McCray finished the game with one hit apiece.

Marsh knocked two runs in while Dobbins and McCray recorded one RBI each. Drew Hicks scored two of the Mustangs’ six runs, with Dylan Abbruzzo, Cardenas, Dobbins, and Juhola scoring the other four.

Juhola, who allowed just two runs on one hit through six and two-thirds innings, got the win. Ty Hancock pitched a third of an inning to close out the game.

Appalachian’s Logan Baswell lays down a bunt against Ider. -Kelli Clark

Appalachian’s Logan Baswell lays down a bunt against Ider. -Kelli Clark

In game two, the Mustangs faced a familiar foe – the J.B. Pennington Tigers. Runs from Cardenas and Juhola in the first inning gave Southeastern an early lead as they went on to beat the Tigers 12-9.

Southeastern added five more runs in the second. The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard in the third inning with Noah Blackwood and Matthew Smith each scoring a run. In the bottom of the fourth, though, the Mustangs scored one more giving them eight runs to Pennington’s two.

The Tigers rallied in the fifth and narrowed the gap scoring four runs. They held the Mustangs scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, but were still down by two.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs added four runs giving themselves a six-run advantage heading into the final inning. The Tigers managed to cut into the Mustangs’ six-run lead, but only by three.

Dawson Tinker led the Tigers at the plate with two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Smith also finished with two hits and two runs. Jaxon Timmerman, with one run and one RBI, and Zach Timmerman, with two RBIs, recorded the Tigers’ other two hits. Sawyer Heptinstall and Jesse Amos each knocked one run in, while Heptinstall, Jackson Millwood, Isaac Murphree, Dillion Arnold, and Noah Blackwood each scored a run. Presley Williams pitched six innings surrendering 12 runs on 11 hits.

For the Mustangs, Cardenas went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Abbruzzo, Dobbins, and McCray each recorded two hits and scored one run, while Logan Young and Jackson McMillian each scored a run and recorded one hit. Juhola finished the game with one RBI and three runs, while Carpenter, Abbruzzo, and McCray each finished with two RBIs. Young and Dobbins each recorded an RBI and Carpenter and Ben Hall each scored a run to give the Mustangs 12.

Winning pitcher was Will Davis who surrendered six runs on two hits through four and two-thirds innings. McCray got the save. Marsh, Juhola, and McMillian all pitched in relief.

Southeastern wrapped up the Greenwave Classic against Ashville. The Mustangs struggled at the plate recording only two hits in a 1-12 loss. Dobbins was 1-for-1 and Hall was 1-for-2. Their lone run came from Sargent in the bottom of the second inning. He walked, advanced to second on Dobbins’ single, and went to third on McCray’s walk. Sargent took advantage of a passed ball stealing home for the run.

McMillian pitched three innings giving up six runs on eight hits. Chandler Ziegenbein, Dobbins, Cardenas, and Young all pitched in relief.

The Mustangs host Susan Moore at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. They return to 2A Area 11 play with a three-game home stand against West End at 4:30 p.m. Monday and a double header Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m.

J.B. Pennington

After the opening loss to the Mustangs, J.B. Pennington faced Montevallo in what ended up being another high scoring game. Despite out hitting Montevallo 12 to six, the Tigers’ rally fell short again in a 9-13 loss. Montevallo opened the game with five runs in the first. The Tigers answered with four of their own in the bottom of the first and one more in the bottom of the second to tie it up. But, Montevallo added five in the third giving them a 10-5 lead.

The Tigers made it a four-run game in the bottom of the fourth, but Montevallo scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth giving them 13. Two runs for the Tigers in the sixth and one in the seventh got the Tigers closer, but not close enough.

Smith and Heptinstall led the Tigers at the plate. They each had three hits with three runs. Heptinstall also had a couple RBIs. Murphree and Tinker both finished the game with two hits and one run each. Murphree also finished with two RBIs. Millwood scored one run with one hit while Z. Timmerman finished with one hit, too. J. Timmerman and Tinker each had one RBI.

Starting on the mound for the Tigers was Smith. He pitched a third of an inning surrendering five runs on two hits. Amos came in and pitched three and two-thirds innings. He also gave up five runs on two hits. Billy Pezeca surrendered the final three runs on two hits in two innings pitched. Phillips closed out the game.

Pennington closed out the Greenwave Classic against Ashville. While they struggled at the plate with only three hits, they also struggled in the field committing nine errors in the 3-14 loss to the Bulldogs.

The Tigers scored first with one run to start the game. Ashville answered with one in the bottom of the first. The Bulldogs, however, added two runs in the second, eight in the third, and three more in the fourth. Pennington recorded their final two runs of the game in the fourth.

Tinker, J. Timmerman, and Phillips had the Tigers’ three hits. Tinker and J. Timmerman scored one run each, while J. Timmerman and Phillips each had one RBI. Arnold scored the Tigers’ third run.

Smith got the loss on the mound. He surrendered 14 runs on six hits through four innings.

The Tigers hit the field again this week with a 3A Area 13 game against Brindlee Mountain. Pennington went into the game with a 3-0 area record sitting atop the standings as the season winds down. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first and added another one in the fifth beating Brindlee Mountain 4-1.

Smith, Heptinstall, and Millwood got the Tigers’ first inning runs while Heptinstall scored Pennington’s fourth run. Heptinstall finished the game with one hit, two runs, and one RBI. Millwood got one of the team’s three hits and also scored one run with one RBI. The third Tiger hit came from Amos when he singled on a line drive in the bottom of the second. Tinker finished with one RBI.

Presley Williams pitched seven strong innings for the Tigers. He allowed just one run on three hits striking out 10.

Up next for the the Tigers is a 4:30 p.m. game at Appalachian tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday they head to Susan Moore for a 3A Area 13 match up. They play at 1:30 p.m. Monday and are scheduled for a double header starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hayden

Hayden renewed its annual spring break trip to Gulf Shores to play in the Gulf Coast Classic. The Wildcats got an early lead in game one on the 13-3 Chilton County Tigers, who were ranked 10th in 6A, and held on in the end to get the win.

Hayden got on the board in the second when Carson Simmons scored off a Tiger error on a ball hit by Sammy Collins. The Wildcats allowed only one base runner in the top of the third as Eli Williams made a sliding catch near the foul line in shallow right field to end the inning. Hayden then plated two more runs in the bottom of the frame. Braden Hodges led off the inning with a single to left center and then scored when Carson Snow doubled on a hard ground ball between the third baseman and the bag. Snow then scored on a fielder’s choice to second base by Simmons.

Chilton County finally got a run in the fourth. The Wildcats answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kyler Leamon scored on a double by Hodges; Hodges then scored on a double by Snow. The Tigers chipped away at Hayden’s lead adding one more run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Snow came in to close out the game getting the Tigers to go three up and three down in the top of the seventh. Snow led the Wildcats at the plate going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Cole Loftis started on the bump for the Wildcats and earned the victory. Loftis allowed five hits and four runs over five innings, striking out four while walking none. Collins and Snow came to the mound in relief. The duo recorded two strikeouts while giving up one hit in two innings of work.

In game two, the Wildcats earned a 4-1 victory over Haleyville. Hayden got things started early, scoring three in the first inning. Hodges led the game off with a triple to the right field corner. Snow then reached base after being beaned at the plate. Caden Mason doubled deep to left center scoring two runs. Mason then scored, taking home after an attempt to throw out Williams stealing second.

The game was a defensive duel for the next couple of innings before the Wildcats added one run in the fourth. Collins singled to left field, stole second base, then scored on a single by Leamon. The Wildcats led 4-0 after four. Haleyville finally scored their first run in the seventh, but Collins struck out the side to end the game.

Snow got the win. The righty allowed no runs on six hits over six innings striking out nine. Collins threw one inning in relief to close out the game. Collins allowed one run and collected one strike out.

On the day, the Wildcats collected eight hits. Leamon and Hodges each had two. Leamon went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI, while Hodges went 2-for-4 with a double and triple, scoring once.

The Wildcats close out this week with a Good Friday game at Cleveland at 2 p.m. in the Panthers’ new baseball facility.

– Jeffrey Williams

Appalachian

The Eagles closed out spring break with a double header on the road against Ider last Saturday. Despite outhitting the Hornets seven to three in game one, the Eagles scored only once falling to Ider 1-2.

Ider’s two runs came in the bottom of the first inning. The Eagles’s lone run came in the top of the fourth. Joey Williams singled on a grounder to center scoring Chase Payne. Garrett Helms and Williams led the Eagles at the plate with two hits apiece. Payne, Landon Snow, and Preston Martin had the other three hits. Despite pitching four strong innings, Snow got the loss. He allowed two runs on three hits striking out seven. Helms pitched the final two innings. He struck out four and did not allow any hits.

In game two, the Eagles doubled their run total from game one in the first inning with runs from Seawright and Helms. They ended the game with nine runs on 14 hits beating the Hornets 9-7.

The Eagles added three more runs in the third, one run in the fourth, one run in the fifth, and two in the seventh. Ider got on the board with one run in the third adding three in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie the game at 7-7. In the seventh, Williams came to the plate with two outs and runners on second and third. His line drive to center field scored Helms and Jones putting the Eagles back on top.

Seawright and Payne led the Eagles at the plate with three hits in four at bats scoring two runs each. Payne finished with two RBIs and Seawright had one. Helms, Jones, and Preston Martin each had two hits, while Williams and Logan Harvey had one apiece. Helms scored twice and Williams added a couple of RBIs. Jones, Martin, and Harvey each scored a run with Jones also collecting one RBI.

Payne was the Eagles’ starting pitcher. He allowed just one run on two hits and struck out seven through two and two-thirds innings. Williams pitched one and two thirds surrendering three runs on one hit while Helms came in to close the game allowing three runs on five hits.

On Monday, the Eagles traveled for a match up with the West End Patriots. Appalachian out hit West End nine to three on their way to a 2-1 win. While both teams were strong on the hill, Payne’s performance was better. He surrendered just one run on two hits while striking out 19 Patriots through six and a third innings.

Appalachian scored one run in the first and the other run in the third. Helms and Snow each had two hits to lead the Eagles at the plate. Seawright, Payne, Jones, Chris Heekin, and Martin all got a hit. Payne and Jones each brought a runner home collecting an RBI. Helms scored both runs.

The Eagles host J.B. Pennington tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. They resume 1A Area 12 play at home Monday against Cedar Bluff at 4:30 p.m. The Eagles then travel to Cedar Bluff for a double header on Tuesday. Game one starts at 4:30 p.m.

Cleveland

Last Friday, the Panthers traveled to Hanceville for a double header with the Bulldogs. In game one, the pitching was strong. Cleveland’s Shaun Spencer allowed just three hits over six innings holding the Bulldogs to two runs. Hanceville’s Adam Cooper held the Panthers to one hit through seven innings. He struck out 10 as the Bulldogs beat the Panthers 1-0.

Cleveland’s lone hit was a single by Patrick Childers in the fourth inning.

Game two featured more power at the plate with the Panthers racking up seven hits and the Bulldogs tallying 13. Cleveland got down early and couldn’t catch up falling to Hanceville 8-11.

Both teams scored one run in the first inning with Cleveland adding three more in the second. But the Bulldogs added four in the second and another four in the third giving them a 9-4 lead after three. Another run in the fourth gave the Bulldogs a six-run cushion with three innings left to play. While the Panthers scored two in the fifth and two more in the sixth, it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit.

Jaxon Glass had two hits in two at bats and scored two runs, while Camden Dawson had two hits in three at bats with one RBI and one run. Brayden Painter, Robert Curiel, and Colby Pearce each had one hit for the Panthers. Curiel, Pearce, and Brady Turner each added an RBI with Painter, Ace Kon, Curiel, Pearce, and Luke McDowell each scoring a Panther run.

The Panthers used three pitchers. Curiel started and surrendered eight hits on six runs in two innings. Cade Wilson pitched one and a third inning giving up four hits and four runs. Adrian Zavala finished the game on the mound.

Cleveland’s next three games are at home: Sumiton Christian April 1, Hayden April 2, Locust Fork April 5.

Susan Moore

The Bulldogs hit the diamond again after a week-long break beating 3A Area 13 rival Holly Pond 10-7. The Broncos got on the board first with two runs in the second inning, but the Bulldogs answered with one of their own in the bottom of the third. In the fifth, Holly Pond scored two. The Bulldogs came storming back in the bottom of the inning putting six runs on the board to take the lead. While the Broncos added three more runs, the Bulldogs did, too, as they held on for their first area win.

Andrew Shelton led the Bulldogs at the plate with two hits, one RBI and two runs. Kevin Thomas, Garrett Poole, Camden Lackey, and Jayce Hutchens each had one hit. Thomas, Poole, Lackey, Eric Walker, Travis Cook, and Hutchens all knocked in a run, while Thomas and Lackey scored two runs apiece. Poole, Walker, Cook, and Tanner Nolen scored the remaining runs.

Hutchens started on the mound for the Bulldogs. He allowed two runs on two hits through two innings. Thomas finished the game surrendering five runs on seven hits.

The Bulldogs host Southeastern at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and resume area play at home against J.B. Pennington at 1:30 p.m. April 5.