Hartselle sweeps Austin in baseball
From Staff Reports
In typical Hartselle High style, the Tigers came prepared for a baseball doubleheader with Austin on Thursday.
Austin coach Jake Miles said despite marked improvement by his squad this season, it came down to "the small things" and Hartselle delivered in that area, holding off the Black Bears for a 4-3, 5-4 sweep.
"Hartselle did a lot of the small things right," Miles said.
"Hartselle coach William Booth does a great job of getting his team prepared. He's known for doing the small things right and making you pay when you make a mistake."
Hartselle's J.C. Bates got the win on the mound in the first game, going six innings and striking out seven before Justin Hargett came in and recorded the save.
Austin's Ty Chancelor excelled at the plate with two-run homer and an RBI single. Teammate Jake McCay went 2-for-4 for the Black Bears.
But Hartselle matched Austin's intensity with a solo home run by Quinn Dunlap. Dunlap also contributed a single to the winning effort.
Jake Bradford had a double for Hartselle, while Luke Bole, Josh Aycox each added a single.
In the second game, Austin's Matthew Frazier went 3-for-4 with three doubles, while Laken Laughmiller added a double and an RBI.
Austin led 2-0 in the fifth inning of the second game until Bole hit an RBI single and Bradford knocked an RBI double in the inning to boost the Tigers.
Caleb Murphy's single was the only other hit for Hartselle in the contest.
Chad Girodo pitched the first six innings of the second game, striking out seven for the win.
Ryder Brasher and Hargett also spent time on the mound for the Tigers, as Austin left the tying run on second in the final game.
"We made it a game, but we didn't get it finished," Miles said.
"I don't want our team to hang their heads. We're improving and we have been all year. But to get where we want to be we can't be satisfied with that."
Hartselle (24-15) will host Muscle Shoals at noon Saturday, followed by a game with Pelham at 4 p.m. at Sparkman Park in Hartselle.
Austin (18-19) will host city rival Decatur at 2 p.m. Saturday.
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