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Hatton rips Westbrook Christian to advance

From Staff Reports

Hatton High’s baseball team scored five times in the first inning and never looked back in a 13-2 state baseball playoff win at Westbrook Christian on Saturday.

The victory gave Hatton a 2-1 edge in the best-of-three series, which means the Hornets will advance to the Class 2A quarterfinals. Hatton (28-19) will face Mars Hill at home in a doubleheader Friday and a possible third game Saturday.

Against Westbrook Christian, Chris Hutto paced the Hatton offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and six RBIs. His two-run single in the bottom of the first inning helped ignite the Hornets’ big day. Hatton served as the home team because it won the coin flip before the game.

Darren Hand was 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Chase Martin was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Tevin Terrell and Anthony Parker each went 2-for-3 and drove in a run.

Matthew Dudley was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Zeke Nichols contributed an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and Nathan Berryman scored twice.

After taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning, Hatton added four runs in the second inning, three in the third and one in the fourth. The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule after Westbrook Christian failed to score in the top of the fifth inning.

Dudley (7-3) pitched a complete game for the win.

He worked all five innings, struck out two and allowed five hits.

Mars Hill 10, Addison 0: Mars Hill pitching ace Mark Vanhorn, a sophomore right-hander, allowed only one hit as Mars Hill moved into a quarterfinal matchup with Hatton.

Addison’s season ended at 25-9.

Only three runners reached base against Vanhorn, including two on a third-inning walk and an infield single by Blake Turner in the sixth to break up his no-hit bid.

Offensively, Mars Hill scored three times in first on one hit as Addison pitcher Jordan Rivers issued a pair of bases loaded walks and hit a batter.

C.K. Irby, who had two hits, also knocked in a run with a single.

Mars Hill had nine hits, and also took advantage of nine walks and three hit batters.

Mars Hill went ahead 4-0 in the second on Jordan Abrams’ groundout. The Panthers then tacked on two runs in fourth on three hits.

Class 4A

Boaz 4, Lawrence County 3: The Red Devils (22-13) saw their season end in the second round of the state playoffs as Boaz scored twice in the sixth inning and once in the seventh to take the win.

For Lawrence County, Matthew Pugh was 2-for-4 with a double. Radney Wallace was 2-for-4, and Wes Holley had a single and two RBIs.

Josh Gaines had a triple, while Thomas Glenn doubled. Logan Terry had a single and one RBI, and Coty Way added a single.

Holley pitched for Lawrence County, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run.

In Friday’s doubleheader between the two teams, Lawrence County won 1-0 and lost 7-4. Pugh pitched a complete-game shutout in the opener, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

At the plate, Pugh was 2-for-4 with a double. Holley drove in Pugh for Lawrence County’s only run on a groundout in the first inning.

In the second game, led the Red Devils by going 3 for 4.

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