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Decaturís Graham Spencer puts the tag on Hartselleís Caleb Murphy while trying to steal second base in the first game of a doubleheader in Decatur on Saturday. Decatur won the opener 3-0 and Hartselle took the second game 9-5.
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Decaturís Graham Spencer puts the tag on Hartselleís Caleb Murphy while trying to steal second base in the first game of a doubleheader in Decatur on Saturday. Decatur won the opener 3-0 and Hartselle took the second game 9-5.

Diamond splitter
Decatur, Hartselle play long ball while each settle for win

From Staff Reports

Class 5A rivals Decatur and Hartselle used the long ball in each game to earn a split in a doubleheader played in Decatur on Saturday. The Red Raiders won the opener 3-0, while the Tigers rebounded to take the second contest 9-5.

In the first game, Steve Tumbleson got Decatur on the board with a double that scored Alex Gist in the second inning.

Then, John Frost hit a long, two-run homer to left in the third inning to increase Decaturís lead to 3-0.

Decaturís Blaine Ingram surrendered one hit over 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Will Sartain came in to record the save.

Clint Dunlap had a double and Gist a single for Decaturís other hits in the first game.

Caleb Murphyís second-inning single was Hartselleís lone hit in the first game. A few pitches later, Murphy was thrown out trying to steal second.

In the second contest, Murphyís three-run homer in the fourth scored Josh Aycox and Justin Hargett to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead. Jake Bradford added a run-scoring single in the seventh for Hartselle. Hartselle senior shortstop Hargett had two singles. Tony Weaver had a double and Ryder Brasher a single. Murphy also knocked a single in the second game.

Hartselle senior pitcher Will Rankin saw action in the first game of the doubleheader against Decatur on Saturday.
Hartselle senior pitcher Will Rankin saw action in the first game of the doubleheader against Decatur on Saturday.
Junior J.C. Bates got the mound win in five innings of work for Hartselle (7-5). He struck out four and walked three. Hargett earned the save, pitching the final two innings, striking out three, walking two and allowing one run.

Leading Decatur at the plate were Graham Spencer and Tumbleson with a double and single each and Gist with two singles and one RBI. Tumbleson knocked in three runs in the loss.

Decatur led 4-1 before Hartselle scored six in the fourth and then added three more in the seventh.

Drei Marthaler recorded 3 1/3 innings of shutout pitching in relief for Decatur (5-5).

Decaturís next game is Monday at East Lawrence.

Hartselle will host Brewer in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

In other games:

Austin 8, Grissom 3: Drew Sanders was 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs for Austin, while Ben Bullard added a homer.

Matthew Tittle was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs. Russ Sandlin was 1-for-2 with a double.

Sandlin pitched 3 1/3 innings to start the game and struck out six. Cory Jackson worked 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowed only a hit.

Madison Academy 8, Austin 3: Ty Chancelor was 2-for-3 with a home run for Austin, while Judd Stephenson was 1-for-4 with two runs.

Bobby Foster pitched for the Black Bears and struck out five.

Albertville 3, Austin 1: Alex McCay and Chancelor each went 2-for-3, while Trey Richard was 2-for-4. Sandlin was 1-for-2.

Bullard pitched a complete game for the Black Bears, striking out six and allowing one earned run.

Speake 13, Hazlewood 1: Zack Vick was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Speake, while T.J. Green was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Decaturís Blaine Ingram gave up one hit in 5 1/3 innings of work in the opener to earn the decision in the Red Raidersí 3-0 victory over Hartselle on Saturday. Will Sartain came in relief to record the save.
Decaturís Blaine Ingram gave up one hit in 5 1/3 innings of work in the opener to earn the decision in the Red Raidersí 3-0 victory over Hartselle on Saturday. Will Sartain came in relief to record the save.
Speake 19, Waterloo 9: Vick was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Jesse Crowe was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs.

Hatton 14, East Lawrence 5: Will Nichols, Chris Hutto and Anthony Parker all homered for the Hornets (5-4). Nichols, the winning pitcher, also had three hits and two RBIs. Hutto had three hits and three RBIs and Parker had three hits and four RBIs.

Hatton 16, Danville 1: Nathan Berryman and Caleb Hatton each knocked in four runs for the Hornets (6-4). Darren Hand had three RBIs to go with his three singles.

Matthew Dudley (2-1) got the mound decision.

Hatton will play Lauderdale County at 4 p.m. Monday in the first game of the Bay Hill Invitational.

Athens 8: Priceville 4: Four Golden Eagle batters collected two hits each to back strong relief pitching from Clay McDonald. McDonald gave up five hits and no runs while striking out four in six innings after Priceville jumped to a 4-0 lead.

Tyler Dorning led the Golden Eagles at the plate with a double and single. Todd Pepper, Leon Graves and Kyle Chronister each hits two singles.

Rand Hutchinson had a double and single for Priceville. Logan Manthey had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs, too.

Athens 12, Butler 1: Brad Reasonover picked up the win, tossing three strong innings and striking out two.

William Ming led the Golden Eagles (11-0) at the plate with a two-run homer and single. Chronister had a double and two singles and Pepper added a single and double.

Drew Hill, Ben McPherson and Keeton Griggs each collected singles.

Athens will play Colbert Heights in the Lauderdale County tournament in Lexington at 6 p.m. Monday.

Priceville 17, Butler 7: Dustin Chambers was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run for the Bulldogs (10-3), while Lance Hughes was 2-for-4 with a double.

Kyle Bunnell was 2-for-3, and Will Stevens was 2-for-2.

Hughes got the pitching win with two innings of relief work.

Athens Bible 5-11, Brindlee Mountain 1-3: Will Chumbley helped pace Athens Bible in the opening game with a double and a single.

Joseph Baker doubled twice, and Conner Brown and A.J. Price each had a double. Jesse Gibson got the pitching win after working five innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits.

Price pitched the final two innings and struck out four.

In the second game, Logan McWhirter singled three times. Justin Van Hoozer had two doubles, while Jonathan Winland had a double and two singles. Tyler Sherrod got the pitching win and struck out six.

Decatur Heritage 8, Vina 4: Luke Adams pitched all seven innings to get the win. He struck out four.

Drew Atchley paced the winning Eagles (4-4) at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, a home run and three RBIs.

Bo Godwin was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, while Chris Oliver was 2-for-3. Chase Wright was 2-for-4.

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