Rain relents, baseball continues

The Appalachian Eagles faced the Cleveland Panthers in the first round of the Blount County Varsity Tournament held at Locust Fork on Monday. Chase Payne was the winning pitcher. He lasted three innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven. Max Glaze threw four innings in relief. The Eagles racked up 12 hits with Landon Snow (3-4) leading the way.

Elijah Longshore was on the hill for the Panthers. He lasted three innings, allowing five hits and nine runs. The Panthers totaled 11 hits with E. Longshore (3-4) leading the way.

Appalachian moved on to round two Monday where they came away with a victory over Locust Fork. The 6-2 win sends them to the championship game against Southeastern or J.B. Pennington. Weather permitting, the game was scheduled for last night.

Southeastern faced Susan Moore in their first game of the tournament, coming away with a 9-5 victory. Christian Lemley was credited with the victory for the Mustangs. He surrendered two runs on one hit over six innings, striking out eight. Jacob Robertson and Kevin Johola closed out the game. Robertson recorded the last two outs to earn the save. The Mustangs had 15 hits with Juhola and Logan Young leading the way with three each. Brant Hutchens took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing nine hits and five runs in three innings. Andrew Shelton led the Bulldogs at the plate going 2-for-4.

Weather permitting, the Mustangs were scheduled to play the J.B. Pennington Tigers in their second round game last night. Appalachian

The Appalachian Eagles put up five runs in the fifth on their way to a 9-3 win over the J.B. Pennington Tigers on Tuesday, March 3. Landon Snow, Chase Payne, Bryson Seawright, Joey Williams, and Dustin Tuttle all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Payne was the winning pitcher, lasting five and two-thirds innings. He allowed only one hit and one run while striking out 14.

Dawson Blaxton was on the hill for the Tigers. He allowed seven hits and nine runs over six innings, striking out seven. Sawyer Heptinstall led the Tigers with one hit in four at bats.

The Eagles headed to Collinsville Saturday where they faced Collinsville and Plainview. Against Collinsville, the Eagles snatched the lead earning a 13-8 victory. The game was tied at eight with the Eagles batting in the top of the eighth when Joey Williams laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring the winning run.

They earned the win despite allowing Collinsville to score five runs in the fifth. Down 2-8, they rallied in the seventh, scoring six runs. The Eagles scored six more in the seventh.

The offensive onslaught came from singles by Chase Payne and Dustin Tuttle, a grand slam by Williams, and a two-RBI double by Landon Snow. Williams earned the win, surrendering two runs on six hits over three innings. Payne, Dalton Lancaster, and Max Glaze all put in work in relief. The Eagles racked up 12 hits. Glaze (3-4) led the team at the plate.

In the second game, Plainview came out on top 17-6. Noah Harris started the game for the Eagles. He surrendered four runs on four hits over two innings. Ethan Silva, Garrett Helms, and Caden Jones each contributed in relief. Lancaster (2-3) led the Eagles at the plate. Locust Fork

The Locust Fork Hornets faced the Cleveland Panthers Tuesday, March 3, earning a 17-7 victory. Locust Fork scored on a single by Dylan Tayler, a double by Dawson Dunn, a single by Tucker Massey, and a walk by Pearce Kniep in the first.

Despite the loss, the Panthers collected 11 hits in the high-scoring affair. Austin Grigsby, Matt Walker, and Jacob Johnson all had two hits to lead the way for the Panthers. The Hornets had 15 hits with Austin McMurrey leading the way going 3-for-5.

Massey started the game for the Hornets, surrendering three runs on four hits while striking out two over three innings. Cade Wilson started for the Panthers. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing five hits and six runs. Ty Washburn and Adrian Zavala pitched in relief.

On Friday, the Hornets faced St. Clair County, losing 4-9. Gavin Payne took the loss, surrendering six runs on six hits over four innings. The Hornets racked up five hits with Payne and Dylan Taylor each having multiple hits. Cleveland

The Cleveland Panthers grabbed an early lead on their way to a 6-4 win over J.B. Pennington Friday. The Panthers scored on a single by Austin Grigsby and an error in the first. Jacob Johnson was on the hill for the Panthers, allowing one run on five hits while striking out four in four innings. Presley Williams was on the mound for the Tigers. He lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out four. Zack Timmerman threw one inning in relief.

Cleveland collected 10 hits with Cade Wilson and Elijah Thomas leading with three each. Dawson Blaxton went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Tigers. Hayden

The Hayden Wildcats watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 2-5 loss to Jasper on Friday. Cole Loftis took the loss for the Wildcats. He allowed three hits and four runs over five innings, striking out eight. Nick Purvis, Carson Simmons, and Dalton Curtis each collected one hit to lead the Wildcats at the plate.

On Saturday, the Wildcats faced Jasper in a double header. In game one, they fell 1-8. Hayden struggled to put runs on the board. Ben Abernathy took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing four hits and four runs over six and a third innings, striking out 11. Nick Purvis, Trenton Sawyer, and Hunter Higdon led the team in hits.

The Wildcats came up short in game two as well, falling 4-17. Higdon took the loss, surrendering six runs on seven hits over three innings. Purvis led the team at the plate, going 3-for-4. Oneonta

The Redskins traveled to Guntersville Saturday for two games. Against Guntersville, the Redskins came away with a 5-1 win. Daniel McCary earned the victory, allowing three hits and one run over seven innings, striking out 13. Austin Nix, Brodie Devaney, Luck Hodge, and Brodie McCracken each collected two hits to lead the team at the plate.

In game two, they faced Russellville. Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound, but Oneonta prevailed 3-2. Redskin pitchers allowed just three hits. In the second inning, Oneonta got their offense started. Connor Faust singled on a 2-2 count, scoring three runs. McCracken got the win. He went five and two-thirds, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five. Hodge closed out the game. Beau Ragsdale led the team offensively with two hits in three at bats.