Hartselle sweeps Brewer on diamond
Tiger hurlers surrender 5 hits in doubleheader
By Josh Cooper
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HARTSELLE — Following Hartselle's 4-0 and 11-0 doubleheader victories, head coach William Booth was concerned about the team's offense.
Booth liked what he saw on the mound. His pitchers gave
up five hits total in the two games.
"We're just glad to win," Booth said.
"We're struggling with the bats right now. I think the first game we hit 11 or 12 fly balls. We're just glad to win."
Despite Booth's observations on the team's hitting, in the second inning of the second
game, the Tigers put forth an offensive barrage against the Patriots.
With Hartselle (11-5) winning 2-0, the Tigers scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to put the game away.
Jake Bradford blasted a three-run home run and Caleb Murphy knocked a scorcher through the Brewer shortstop's legs to score two runs.
And with the Tigers' pitchers shutting down the Patriots batters, Hartselle was on its way to an easy victory. The 10-run rule ended the game in the fifth.
Will Rankin started and struck out two in two innings pitched. Ryder Brasher came in for Rankin in the third and allowed one hit in two innings while striking out three. Justin Hargett had three strikeouts in a scoreless fifth inning,
"We wanted to open up the second game strong because we thought we didn't prove anything in the first game," said Quinn Dunlap, who finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.
"Our pitchers did a great job. They've pulled us out of a lot of close games. Overall, we played well defensively."
The first game was a more conventional grind-it-out type victory.
Hartselle scored two runs in the first inning, one on a Josh Aycox single and another on a Murphy sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bradford scored from third on a Brewer throwing error off a pickoff play to push the score to 3-0.
Hargett's sacrifice fly scored Dunlap in the bottom of the fifth for the Tigers' final run.
J.C. Bates started and allowed two hits in four innings while striking out five. Chad Girardo then came in and gave up
three hits while striking out five in the final three innings.
"Guys are trying to get things going," Booth said.
"We did all right defensively. We're pitching well and when you do that, it solves a lot of problems."
The Tigers play Madison Academy at home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
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