“Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field – a field of dreams – on diamonds of green… where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.”
The Cleveland Panther baseball and softball teams christened their fields of dreams last week as the boys hosted Southeastern on their brand new field and the girls welcomed Boaz to their brand new field. Before play began, Cleveland principal Brannon Smith welcomed the large crowd gathered for the pregame ceremonies as well as the official first pitch on both fields.
“It’s a state-of-the-art complex and it’s one that will be used and enjoyed by students, families, and this community for a very long time,” said Rodney Green, superintendent of the Blount County Board of Education. I appreciate the coaching staff, the players, the parents. It’s taken all of them to make it happen.”
Green explained that planning for the $1.6-million project began close to 10 years ago with the school system finally acquiring the property adjacent to the school in 2016.
“This facility is one that the school and this community here in Cleveland can be proud of,” he said. “This is long overdue and to see it through from the initial conversations to what it is today is something special.”
After cutting the ribbon held across home plate by Cleveland head coaches Micheal Johnson (baseball) and Larry Thigpen (softball), Green took the pitcher’s mound to officially open the park with the first pitch to Cleveland catcher Cade Wilson. He then walked across the path to the softball field and into the pitcher’s circle throwing that pitch to Bailey Marsh.
Southeastern’s Trent Carpenter recorded the first hit on the new field when he singled on a fly ball to left field in the first inning while Southeastern’s Logan Young scored the first run on Carpenter’s double on another fly ball to left in the third inning. The Mustangs held on to win 8-2.
The Mustangs scored four runs in the third. Auston Sargent doubled to get Carpenter home. Jackson McMillian then scored on the throw to first to get Dylan Abruzzo out. Sargent scored the fourth run on Brody Dobbins’ ground out.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Panthers cut the lead in half. Jacob Johnson led off the inning with a line-drive single to left field, but was called out advancing to second on a fielder’s choice to shortstop.Bryson Browning was brought in as a courtesy runner for Wilson.He stole second and third on a pitcher error and scored on Kartar Adams’ fielder’s choice to shortstop. Kyle Willis knocked Adams home for the Panthers’ second and final run of the game.
Southeastern added to their total with one run in the fourth and sixth innings and two in the fifth. They racked up 16 hits with Young, Carpenter, and Kevin Juhola leading the way with three hits each. Ashton Cardenas and Ben Hall both had two hits while Sargent, Abruzzo, and Noah McCray each had one hit. Cardenas finished with a couple of RBIs to lead the team. Carpenter scored two runs while Young, Sargent, Dobbins, McRay, Hall, and McMillian each scored one.
Johnson and Childers led the way for the Panthers at the plate each going 3-for-4. Adams finished with one hit, one RBI, and one run. Willis got the team’s other RBI and Browning got the Panthers’ second run.
Spencer took the mound for the Panthers with the first official pitch on the new field going to Ashton Cardenas who recorded the game’s first out on a fly ball to Johnson in right field. Spencer allowed five runs on 10 hits in three and a third innings. Zavala came in for the final three and two-thirds innings to close out the game. He surrendered three runs on six hits.
The Mustangs used seven pitchers through seven innings. Juhola started and allowed zero runs on three hits through two innings. Young, Cardenas, Carpenter, and Hicks pitched one inning each. Mc- Millian and Will Davis closed out the game in the seventh.
Cleveland v Sumiton Christian, L 4-13
On Thursday, the Panthers hosted Sumiton Christian. After ending the first tied at two, the Panthers struggled at the plate scoring just two more runs while the Eagles added a run in the second, six in the fourth, three in the sixth, and one in the seventh to beat Cleveland 13-4.
In the bottom of the first, Johnson reached on an error and scored on Wilson’s double. Travis Woodard came in as a courtesy runner for Wilson and scored when Jesus Elizarrarz singled on a fly ball to left field. Adams’ homer provided the Panthers’ third run in the third inning, while Wilson’s grounder in the fifth scored Johnson for Cleveland’s final run.
Johnson, Adams, Wilson, Elizarrarz, and Zavala each had one hit with Johnson scoring twice and Adams and Woodard adding the other two runs. Wilson had two RBIs while Adams and Elizarrarz had one apiece. Noah Longshore started on the mound for the Panthers. He allowed nine runs on nine hits in three innings. Johnson came in for three innings giving up three runs on four hits. Spencer closed out surrendering the final run on three hits.
Cleveland v Hayden, L 3-7
by Jeffrey Williams
Hayden visited Cleveland on Good Friday to compete with the Panthers in their brand new, and quite impressive, baseball and softball complex. The Wildcats came away with a 7-3 win.
Hayden fired up the offense in the top of the second inning. Leadoff batter Cole Loftis doubled to left-center. Eli Williams squeezed a double between Panther third basemen Elizarrarz and the bag to score Loftis from second. Sammy Collins singled to right field scoring Williams, but couldn’t make it past third as the next three batters were outs.
In the bottom of the second, designated hitter Willis reached base after being beaned by Wildcat pitcher Mason Mullaney. Willis scored the Panthers’ first run after Zavala reached second on a two-base error on a dropped fly ball by Wildcat center fielder Collins. The third inning would see only one base runner for either team and provide no runs leaving the score at a close 2-1 margin in favor of Hayden.
To start the fourth inning, Hayden right fielder Williams drove the first pitch from Childers deep to the left-center gap for a double. Williams moved to third on a single to right field by Collins. Panther catcher Cade Wilson threw down to third and picked off Williams. An argument ensued by Coach Drake who was standing on top of the play as the third base coach. The Wildcats went on to score two more as Collins and Mullaney, who singled, crossed the plate. In the bottom half of the inning, Elizarrarz reached first after being beaned by Mullaney, then reached third after a passed ball and a balk. Elizarrarz scored as relief pitcher Jack Chaperon singled to right field. The inning ended with the Wildcats up 4-2.
The fifth inning saw no real threats by the Wildcats, but the Panthers added a run in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Adams doubled to right field, and then scored when Elizarrarz reached base on a Wildcat error. At the end of five it was Wildcats 4, Panthers 3.
Hayden broke the game open with three runs in the sixth. Leadoff batter Mullaney was beaned and then Kyler Leamon attempted a sacrifice bunt, but reached safely on an error. Braden Hodges then laid down a bunt between the mound and third base. Chaperon attempted to throw out the advancing Mullaney at third and threw the ball away allowing Mullaney to score. Snow was then hit by the pitcher loading the bases and later scoring when Williams was also beaned. Scoring would end there for both teams.
Mullaney earned the victory on the mound for Hayden. The right hander surrendered two runs on two hits over three innings while striking out four and walking one. Snow and Hodges entered the game in relief and helped to close out the game. The duo allowed one hit each while each struck out two. Hodges allowed one walk.
Childers took the loss for Cleveland going three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out five, and walking zero. Chaperon and Ace Kon provided relief. Chaperon allowed three runs on two hits and one walk, beaning four batters, while Kon allowed zero runs and two hits with three strike outs.
Hayden scattered 12 hits in the game while Cleveland collected four. Collins, Mullaney, Williams, and Hodges each racked up multiple hits for the Wildcats. Adams, Chaperon, Bryson Browning, and Noah Longshore each provided hits for the Panthers.
Cleveland will close out region play next week against West End. They play on the road April 12, and host the Patriots in a double header April 13.
Appalachian v Cedar Bluff, W 9-1
On Monday afternoon, the Appalachian Eagles beat Cedar Bluff 9-1 to clinch first place in 1A Region 12, marking the Eagles first region championship in close to 10 years. Appalachian took the lead in the first inning with one run and added runs in the third and fourth innings, three runs in the fifth, and one more in the sixth.
Starting pitcher Chase Payne got the win. He allowed just one run on one hit striking out 16 in six and a third innings. Helms came in to close the game. He didn’t give up a hit and struck one out.
Bryson Seawright led off with a walk and advanced to second on Garret Helms’ grounder back to the pitcher. Payne got Seawright home on a ground ball single to center field. In the bottom of the third, Helms landed on first with a ground ball to the shortstop and then stole second. With two outs, Caden Jones singled on a grounder to shortstop to get Helms home. Joey Williams got the Eagles’ run in the fourth inning. He reached base on a line-drive single to center and scored on Logan Baswell’s bunt.
The Eagles started the fifth inning with two quick outs before the next three batters – Payne, Jones, and Landon Snow – were walked to load the bases. Williams then singled on a hard ground ball to center field sending Payne and Jones home and Snow to second. Snow took advantage of Cedar Bluff errors to steal third and home giving the Eagles a 6-1 lead. In the sixth inning, Helms tripled on a fly ball to right field and scored on a wild pitch for the final Eagle run of the game.
Helms and Williams led the Eagles at the plate with two hits apiece. Helms scored twice while Williams scored one run and collected two RBIs. Seawright, Payne, and Jones each had one hit and scored one run. Baswell had one hit with one RBI and Snow crossed home plate for one run.
The Eagles are now 5-0 in region play, 10-4 overall. They closed out region play at Cedar Bluff last night. Appalachian hosts Collinsville Tuesday, April 13.
Hayden v Center Point 17-0; 10-0
by Jeffrey Williams
Cole Loftis pitched a perfect game last Tuesday to lead Hayden to a 17-0 win over Center Point. The win was a good start in Region 12 play for the Wildcats. The Wildcats jumped on the board early in a big way. Hayden scored nine in the first inning due in large part to the Eagles’ struggling pitching staff. Center Point walked the first four batters before beaning the fifth.
Braden Hodges led the Wildcats at the plate driving in six runs. Hodges went 2-for-3 at the plate clearing loaded bases twice (with a triple on his second at bat of the first inning and with a double in the third).
Loftis allowed no base runners from the hill and earned the victory for Hayden. Loftis went four innings allowing no hits, striking out eight, and walking zero. Of the four batters to put the ball in play, three bunted just trying to get a bat on the ball.
Carson Snow was brilliant on the mound in the second game of a double-header throwing a no-hitter to lead the Hayden Wildcats to a 10-0 victory.
Hayden secured the victory thanks to a seven-run second inning and Snow’s performance on the mound. Hayden’s offense was powered by a perfect day at the plate by Caden Mason who went 2-for- 2 with three RBIs and Sammy Collins who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Snow collected the win for Hayden. After walking Center Point’s leadoff batter, Snow allowed only two balls to be put in play for the remainder of the contest. Snow allowed no runs and no hits over four innings. He struck out 10 while walking one.
Hayden @ Albertville, W 3-1
Hayden and Albertville were both strong on the hill on a windy Thursday afternoon in Albertville. A quick start by the Wildcats helped them defeat the 7A Aggies 3-1 as each pitching staff allowed only four hits apiece.
Hayden got things moving early in the first inning. On the fourth pitch of the game, Hodges reached with a single to left. Snow then hit into a fielder’s choice sending Hodges to the dugout. Next, Mason doubled to right-center on a 3-1 count, scoring Snow from first. Loftis would later walk. Trenton Sawyer, who entered the game as a courtesy runner for Mason, and Loftis both advanced to third and second respectively, on a passed ball. With a 2-2 count and two outs, Eli Williams singled on a hard ground ball to right field. Both Sawyer and Loftis scored bringing the Wildcats’ early lead to 3-0. That would prove to be all of the scoring the Wildcats could muster for the game, but also all they would need.
The next few innings were a pitchers duel between Hayden’s Collins and Albertville’s Alexander Johnson. Both pitchers allowed a walk or a single here and there, but only three players made it past second base for the remainder of the game.
In the top of the sixth, Albertville scored their only run on a solo homer. Hayden tried to manufacture some insurance runs in the seventh to no avail. The Wildcats then brought in Loftis from third to close out the bottom of the seventh. Loftis struck out the first two batters and the final batter grounded out to short to end the contest.
Collins was the winning pitcher for Hayden. The righty allowed four hits and only one run over six innings. Collins struck out four and walked one. Loftis threw one inning in relief striking out two.
Hodges, Williams, Mason, and Snow each collected one hit for the Wildcats. Mason had one RBI while Williams added two more. The Wildcats played error free ball on the contest.
The Wildcats are now 10-8 (2-0 in region play). They head to Cordova Thursday for a double header in Region 12 play. They close out the week with a Saturday game in Somerville with the A.P. Brewer Patriots. Hayden wraps up region play with three games against Corner next week. They play at West Blount Park April 13 and travel to Corner for a double header on April 15.
Locust Fork Locust Fork v Good Hope, W 5-3
Last week, the Hornets hosted the Good Hope Raiders in a non-region contest. The Hornets took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth to beat the Raiders 5-3. Austin McMurry got the win. He surrendered just one run and four hits. Tucker Massey and Dylan Taylor closed out the game with Taylor getting the save.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning. Taylor took advantage of his lead-off walk and a wild pitch stealing second then third. He scored on McMurry’s grounder. The Hornets added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Ben Oden’s tripled on a fly ball to right and a pop fly from Zac Tarpley got him home.
Good Hope scored two in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead, but the Hornets scored three of their own in the bottom half of the inning to go up 5-2. After walking the bases loaded, the Raiders walked one more to send Taylor home. With bases still loaded, Oden’s grounder scored Lukas Huber and Tommaso Franceschelli.
Franceschelli, Oden, McMurry, and Tarpley each got one hit. Taylor scored two of the Hornets’ runs. Huber, Franceschelli, and Oden scored the other three. Oden was credited with two RBIs while Gavin Payne and McMurry each had one.
Oneonta @ Ashville, W 8-0
Connor Faust shut out Ashville to give the Redskins their first region win of the season. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven in Oneonta’s 8-0 win on the road.
After three quick outs in the first, the Redskins turned up the heat in the second putting six runs on the scoreboard. Beau Ragsdale doubled on a fly ball to left field. Luke Hodge followed with a line-drive double to center sending Ragsdale home. A single from Faust scored Hodge. Faust, Andrew McElvey, Cameron Dailey, and Sam Patrick made it across home plate before the inning was over.
Dailey scored again in the top of third and Faust scored Oneonta’s final run in the seventh. Patrick led the Redskins at the plate with three hits, one RBI, and one run. Faust and Dailey each finished with two hits, one RBI, and two runs. Braden Moore knocked a couple of runners in while Will Moye, Brodie Devaney, and Hodge each had an RBI.
Oneonta v Ashville, W 16-0
On Thursday, the Redskins hosted the Bulldogs. Hodge got the complete game shut out as the Redskins went on to win their second region game 16-0. Hodge allowed just three hits through four innings striking out five for the win.
The game was scoreless headed into the bottom of the second, but the Redskins posted 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. Hodge got Oneonta’s offense going with a double. A single by Faust got Hodge home. Next, McElvey drew a walk followed by Dailey’s single loading the bases. Patrick cleared the bases with a line-drive triple to right field and made it home on a ground out by Moye.
Moore then doubled on a fly ball to center field eventually scoring on a passed ball with Ragsdale at the plate. Hodge, at the plate for the second time in the inning, doubled again to get Ragsdale home. The Redskins brought in Christian Houser as a courtesy runner for Hodge. Houser took advantage of a passed ball to steal third and a wild pitch to score. After Faust and McElvey walked, Dailey hit a line drive to send them home. Patrick’s single gave him four RBIs in the inning as Dailey crossed home plate.
Oneonta added five more runs in the third. The Redskins tallied 11 hits in their three at-bats. Hodge, Faust, and Patrick led with way with two hits apiece. Patrick finished with four RBIs and one run, while Faust had three RBIs and scored three times; Hodge had one RBI and one run. McElvey scored three while Ragsdale and Dailey scored a couple each.
Oneonta @ St. Clair County, W 11-7
The Redskins and Saints both racked up eight hits in Saturday’s game, but the Redskins finished with more runs to beat St. Clair County 11-7. Oneonta got on the scoreboard in the first inning and added two more runs in he second. They put five runs on the board in the fourth and closed out the game with three runs in the seventh.
Hodge led the Redskins at the plate. He finished the game with four RBIs on three hits in five at bats. Ragsdale was 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs. Moore, Faust, and McElvey each had one hit. Moore added an RBI and a run while Faust had one RBI and McElvey scored one run. Devaney and Patrick scored three of the Redskins’ runs and Moye scored one.
Tanner Bartlett got the start for the Redskins. He surrendered six runs on four hits through four innings striking out three and walking three. Charlie Jones took the mound for the final three innings. He allowed just one run on four hits.
The Redskins are now 11-5 on the season and 2-0 in 4A Region 10 competition. They close out region play next week against Etowah. Oneonta hosts the Blue Devils on Tuesday, April 13, and travels to Etowah for a double header on April 15.
J.B. Pennington v Susan Moore, W 7-2
Last year when COVID-19 ended Pennington’s season, the Tigers were 0-11. They entered Monday’s game against Susan Moore with a perfect 6-0 record in 3A Region 13 and a chance to clinch the championship at home with a win. The Tigers scored two runs in the first for an early lead that they would never relinquish going on to beat the Bulldogs 7-2. Pennington added one run in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the sixth. Susan Moore got one in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Presley Williams started on the mound for the Tigers. He gave up just one run on one hit through five innings for the win. Matthew Smith and Dawson Phillips provided relief. In one and two-thirds, Smith allowed one run and Phillips gave up one hit. Kevin Thomas got the start for the Bulldogs. He surrendered seven runs on eight hits striking out six through six innings.
Smith led off the bottom of the first for the Tigers landing at first after getting hit by a pitch. After Jackson Millwood was hit by a pitch, Smith moved on to second. Issac Murphree then tripled on a fly ball to right field scoring both Smith and Millwood. With two outs in the third, Jaxon Timmerman singled on a line drive to center field. Dillion Arnold came in as a courtesy runner for J. Timmerman. Zack Timmerman then hit a line drive to right field and reached first safely on a Bulldog error. Arnold made it home on the same error for the Tigers’ third run.
The Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Drew Justice singled on a line drive to center field and took advantage of a Tiger error to steal second. He got to third base on Trey Cook’s grounder and got the Bulldogs’ first run of the game scoring on a wild pitch.
In the bottom half of the inning, Smith reached first on a fielder’s choice followed by Sawyer Heptinstall who landed safely at first on a Bulldog error. Millwood was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Murphree’s single on a hard grounder to left field scored Smith while Dawson Tinker’s line-drive single to center scored both Heptinstall and Millwood. The Tigers’ final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth when Arnold scored on Jesse Amos’ pop fly to left field.
Ethan Walker knocked in the Bulldogs’ final run with a ground ball single to center field. Walker and Justice recorded Susan Moore’s only hits with one each. Walker had the one RBI.
Murphree, with two hits, two RBIs, and one run, led the Tigers at the plate. Smith, Heptinstall, Millwood, Tinker, J. Timmerman, and Amos each had one hit. Tinker collected two RBIs and Amos had one. Arnold and Millwood scored twice while Smith and Heptinstall each scored once.
These two teams met again last night to wrap up region play for the Tigers. After Monday’s game, the Tigers were 7-0 in the region and 11-13 overall. Pennington finishes the week with a 4:30 p.m. game at Oakman Friday.
Pennington @ Brindlee Mountain, W 25-7; W 14-2
The Tigers continued 3A Region 13 play last Tuesday with a double header at Brindlee Mountain against the Lions. In game one, Pennington scored early and often beating the Lions 25-7. While Brindlee Mountain got the first run of the game in their first at bat, the Tigers quickly answered with four runs in the top of the second inning. They added three in the third, two in the fourth, six in the sixth, and 10 in their final at bat.
Through seven innings, the Tigers tallied 15 hits. Smith, Heptinstall, Millwood, Murphree, J. Timmerman, Phillips, and Amos each finished the game with two hits while Tinker, Z. Timmerman, and Noah Blackwood each had one. Tinker compiled three RBIs and scored four runs. Also scoring four runs apiece were Heptinstall and Murphree. Smith, Millwood, and Amos each added three scores.
Z. Timmerman earned the win for the Tigers. He allowed five runs on five hits while striking out 11 in five innings. Smith came in for the final two innings striking out five and giving up just one hit.
Pennington picked up where they left off as game two got underway. With two outs in the top of the first, Smith landed on first after getting hit by a pitch. He moved to third on Murphree’s single and scored on a passed ball for the Tigers’ first run in what would be a 14-2 Pennington victory.
The Tigers added one run in the second and third innings, three runs in the fourth, and eight more in the fifth. The Lions scored their only two runs in the first. Smith led the Tigers at the plate with two hits, four RBIs, and two runs. Jeremy Ortiz, J. Timmerman, Murphree, Zach Schultze, Dillion Arnold, and Phillips each had one hit. Shultze finished with one RBI while J. Timmerman and Phillips had one apiece. J. Timmerman scored three times, Arnold, Phillips, and Trent Lunsford scored twice; and Ortiz, Murphree, and Presley Williams scored once.
Smith started on the hill for the Tigers, but came out after 20 pitches. Brindlee Mountain’s two runs were credited to him. Jesse Amos came in to finish the game. He allowed zero runs and zero hits while striking out eight and walking none through four innings.
Pennington @ Appalachian, W 9-5
On Thursday, the Tigers traveled to Appalachian looking to extend their three-game winning streak. A bases-loaded walk put the Tigers on the scoreboard in the top of the first, but the Eagles added a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to tie it up. The Tigers scored one more in the second, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two in the seventh beating the Eagles 9-5. Appalachian kept it close throughout the game. They scored one in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth.
Helms scored the first run for the Eagles. He finished the game with one hit and two runs. Also getting one hit were Bryson Seawright, Chase Payne, Caden Jones, and Logan Baswell. Seawright, Landon Snow, and Joey Williams each scored a run while Logan Harvey recorded one RBI.
Heptinstall and Millwood led at the plate for the Tigers both going 3-for-4. Heptinstall scored three runs while Millwood scored one and knocked one in. Smith scored three times with Murhpree and J. Timmerman scoring one run each. Z. Timmerman finished with three RBIs and J. Timmerman finished with two. Muphree, Tinker, and Amos had one RBI apiece.
Cade Jones started for the Eagles on the mound. He lasted two and one-third innings surrendering two runs on four hits striking out five and walking five. Snow and Helms finished the game with Snow allowing two runs and Helms three. Smith got the start for Pennington going six innings. He allowed five runs on five hits, struck out 10 and walked six. Phillips closed out the game pitching one inning.
Pennington v Sumiton Christian, L 1-16
Sumiton Christian snapped Pennington’s fourgame winning streak with their 16-1 victory on Saturday. The game was close through the first three innings. Heading into the fourth, Sumiton held a 2-1 lead, but they tacked on 11 runs in the fourth and another three in the fifth.
The Tigers’ lone run came in the bottom of the first. Smith led off the inning with a grounder and reached first on an error. He stole second and landed at third on another error. Murphree’s double to center field got Smith home. Smith and Heptinstall had Pennington’s only other hits, each finishing with one.
Z. Timmerman got the start. He allowed five runs on two hits through three innings. Relieving him were Murphree and Phillips. In two-thirds of an inning, Murphree surrendered eight runs on three hits. Phillips closed out the game giving up three runs on three hits.
Southeastern v Susan Moore, W 7-5
Last Thursday, Southeastern hosted the Susan Moore Bulldogs. Susan Moore took an early lead, but Southeastern finished strong winning by a score of 7-5. The Bulldogs fired up its offense in the first inning scoring three runs. The Mustangs finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with three runs of their own. They added another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Susan Moore tried to rally in the top of the seventh. They scored two runs, but couldn’t get any other runners home.
Kevin Thomas led off the game for the Bulldogs with a single on a fly ball to left field. A bunt off the bat of Garrett Poole moved Thomas to second. Andrew
Shelton singled on a fly ball to center to load the bases. Ethan Walker then doubled on a hard ground ball to right field scoring both Thomas and Poole. A single from Jayce Hutchens got Shelton home for Susan Moore’s third run of the inning.
Abbruzzo and Ben Hall started off the bottom of the third for the Mustangs with back-to-back singles. Cardenas brought both runners home when he tripled on a fly ball to right field. Up next was Young, who singled on a ground ball to left field scoring Cardenas.
In the fifth inning, Juhola added a run thanks to Dobbins’ single fly to right. Hall, Cardenas, and Carpenter all scored in the bottom of the sixth giving the Mustangs a 7-3 advantage heading into the final inning.
Lackey led off with a walk, then stole second. He advanced to third on Shelton’s fly ball single to center. Walker singled on a grounder to center field scoring Lackey and sending Shelton to second. Travis Cook got Shelton home with his single. Bulldogs were within two runs but three quick outs ended the threat.
The Bulldog offense was led by Walker’s three hits and three RBIs and Hutchens’ three hits and one RBI. Poole, Lackey, Shelton, and Cook each had two hits. Cook also finished with an RBI while Shelton scored twice. Thomas, Poole, and Lackey scored one run apiece.
Thomas took the loss for the Bulldogs giving up seven runs on nine hits through six innings. He struck out eight and walked four.
Drew Hicks got the win for the Mustangs, but Will Davis got the start. He allowed three runs on five hits in one inning. Hicks pitched five innings and didn’t allow any runs on four hits. Closing out the game was Carpenter who gave up two runs on three hits in the final inning.
Cardenas was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs. Both Dobbins and Abbruzzo finished with two hits. Dobbins recorded one RBI while Abburzzo scored one run. Young, Juhola, and Hall each added a hit. Young and Juhola each collected an RBI while Carpenter and Juhola each scored a run.
Southeastern v West End, L 2-14
The Mustangs started off the week with a 2-14 home loss to the 2A Region 11-leading West End Patriots. The Patriots got on the board with three runs in the first and six more in the second. Southeastern scored two in the third, but the Patriots added one more in the fourth and four in the fifth.
The Mustangs two runs came from Carpenter and Hall. Hall singled on a line drive to third and advanced to third on Carpenter’s single. McCray singled on a line drive to right field scoring Hall and sending Carpenter to third. He scored on a third strike passed ball to Abbruzzo. Young, McCray, and Sargent had the other three Southeastern hits.
McMillian was the starting pitcher lasting a third of an inning. He gave up three runs on three hits. Juhola finished the game going four and two-thirds. He allowed 11 runs on eight hits.
The Mustangs are 15-10 (3-2 in region play). These two teams met again last night in a double header at West End. Southeastern wraps up region play next week at Locust Fork April 12 and will host the Hornets for a double header April 13.
Susan Moore Susan Moore @ Holly Pond, L 7-12; W 15-9
The Bulldogs split a double header with region rival Holly Pond last week. In game one, the Broncos out hit the Bulldogs 12-to-8 and won 12-7.
Kevin Thomas, Andrew Shelton, and Tanner Nolen led the Bulldogs at the plate with two hits each. Hutchens and Cook each had one hit and scored one run with Hutchens adding an RBI and Cook adding two. Shelton finished with two RBIs and two runs while Nolen had one RBI and Thomas, Poole, and Lackey each scored one run.
Poole pitched five and a third innings giving up 12 runs on 12 hits. Shelton closed out the game with two strike outs and zero hits.
In game two, the Bulldogs got on the board early with two runs in the first and seven in the second. While the Broncos got within two runs after two innings, the Bulldogs added to their lead beating Holly Pond 15-9.
With two outs in the first, Lackey and Shelton reached base on infield hits while Walker walked to load the bases. Hutchens’ hit to center scored both Lackey and Shelton giving Susan Moore a 2-0 lead.
Cook led off the second with a walk followed by Nolen’s single. Thomas then walked to load the bases. Cook and Nolen scored on Lackey’s line drive to left. Shelton followed with a ground double to left scoring Thomas and Lackey. Walker reached on a walk and then advanced to second on defensive indifference. Hutchens hit a line drive to center field scoring both Shelton and Walker.
Even though the Broncos added six runs in the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs still led 9-6. Susan Moore added to the lead in the third when Lackey drove in Justice on a hit to left field. In the fourth, Nolen and Thomas scored.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth. With bases loaded, Justice was hit by a pitch advancing the runners and sending Walker home. Then Thomas singled on a ground ball to left field scoring Hutchens and Cook. The Broncos scored three of their own in the bottom of the inning, but that would be all the runs scored by either team.
Susan Moore racked up 13 hits. Lackey went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs to lead the Bulldogs at the plate. Thomas, Shelton, and Hutchens each had two hits and two runs with Hutchens posting four RBIs and Thomas and Shelton each posting two. Poole, Cook, and Nolen each had one hit while Walker, Cook, and Nolen each scored twice. Justice was credited for one run and one RBI with Poole also finishing with one RBI.
Lackey started on the hill for the Bulldogs. He gave up nine runs on eight hits through five innings. Hamric was brought in for the final two innings. He allowed one hit and zero runs.
The Bulldogs currently sit in second place in 3A Region 13 with a 2-2 record. Pennington clinched the region championship Monday in their 7-2 win over the Bulldogs. The teams faced each other again last night.