STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUP
Hartselle leads 5 other
teams in playoffs
From Staff Reports
Danville High scored both of its runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 2-1 home win over Sylvania in the Class 3A state baseball playoffs Tuesday.
The win will put the Hawks (18-23), who have no seniors, into the second round. They will play a doubleheader at Holly Pond on Friday.
Zac Ward led off the fourth inning with a walk. He moved to third on a Cole Veazey single, then came home on Randy Thomason's sacrifice
Veazey then scored on Dakota Wilson's
Roger Smith picked up the win, going six innings, giving up one run on one hit and striking out 10. Jacob Young picked up the save, allowing no hits in the seventh while striking out one.
Athens Bible 16, Valley Head 1: Ten Trojan batters got hits in the five-inning rout in the first round of the state playoffs.
Athens Bible scored a lone run in the first on an RBI double by Connor Brown and exploded for nine runs in the second.
Brown added two singles at the plate.
Ryan Morring slapped a double and single, and Will Stinnett contributed two singles.
Starting pitcher Joseph Baker struck out nine and walked one in four innings. Morring struck out two in an inning of work.
Athens Bible played 16 players in the contest. The Trojans will travel to play the winner of the Speake-Gaston game Friday.
Decatur Heritage 6, Woodville 4: Decatur Heritage held off Woodville on the road, advancing out of the first round and into the second round Tuesday.
The Eagles jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first three innings before Woodville stormed back with a three-run third inning.
But Decatur Heritage (12-16) answered back immediately, scoring two in the top of the fourth for a 6-3 lead. Woodville tacked on another run in the seventh, but it wasn't enough.
Luke Adams picked up the win for the Eagles, going seven innings in which he gave up five hits and struck out three.
Bo Godwin's three hits, two stolen bases and two runs scored led Decatur Heritage, which also got two hits each from Brent Denson, Adams, Chase Wright, Chris Oliver and Sam Hurt. Wright added two RBIs.
Hatton 5, Cleveland 4: Will Nichols' seventh-inning solo homer proved to be the margin of victory for Hatton (26-18) in the first round of the state playoffs. Cleveland (20-18) had tied the game at 4 with a four-run sixth inning.
Nichols' heroics at the plate were just the beginning, though. He came on in relief in the seventh, and set down all three batters he faced to pick up the win from the mound. He went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Nathan Berryman, Chris Hutto, Matthew Dudley and Anthony Parker each went 1-for-3, with Berryman and Dudle picking up RBIs.
West Morgan 14, Westminster 2: Anthony Atemon struck out four in five innings and had a two-run single to pace the Rebels (26-8) on the road in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
West Morgan's Michael Clem had three singles and three RBIs for the winners. Josh McAbee added a single and triple. Seth Wallace, Brent Lea and Tyler Jones all doubled for West Morgan. Daniel Korpi and Tyler Rogers addded singles.
Hartselle 15, Moody 1: The Tigers began what they hope is a run to a state championship by pounding Moody at the plate in Tuesday's opening round of the playoffs.
Ethan Widener had seven RBIs alone, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a home run.
Quinn Dunlap, Toney Weaver, Justin Hargett and Ryder Brasher scored two runs each. Caleb Murphy connected on a solo homer and collected two RBIs. Jake Bradford went 2-for-4, including a two-run homer, and Tyler Young went 1-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs.
J.C. Bates picked up the win for Hartselle (25-21), going four innings, recording four strikeouts with three walks. He gave up only two hits.
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