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Decatur first baseman Saylor Solley stretches to put out Athens runner Brady Mankin during the Minor B all-star tournament.
Hartselle American, Decatur National score big wins
By Ashley Hargrove
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Friday night's game got off to a rocky start for Hartselle American coach David Bunn's Minor B squad.
After a quick pep talk, that quickly changed.
"I told my guys at the top of the batting order that if they didn't start hitting the ball, the next game the guys at the bottom would be batting at the top," Bunn said. "I guess that motivated them because we came out hitting after that."
Hartselle American managed a 17-2 win over Morgan West American in the Dixie Youth Baseball Minor B sub-district tournament Friday at Point Mallard.
In the other game, Decatur National beat Athens National 32-0.
Play continues Saturday as Decatur National faces Morgan West American at 5:30 p.m., followed by Athens National vs. Hartselle American.
In Friday's action, Ben Kimbrough got it started for Hartselle American in the top of the second with a single to right field.
A double by Taylor Easterling scored Kimbrough to make it 1-0.
Easterling scored on a two-out groundout by Zach Hobbs for a 2-0 lead.
Morgan West American rallied in the bottom of the second after singles by Jeffery Hunter, Sean Dalton and Khi Mause. After an out was made to put runners on first and second with one away, Ryan Meeks' double scored Dalton, pulling Morgan West within one at 2-1.
Hartselle American continued to keep the bats going in the top of the third when Garrett Wade reached first on a single. A double by Andrew Nuss scored Wade, making it 3-1.
Christian Edwards' two-run home run put Hartselle American up 5-1 with no outs.
Colton Quattlebaum kept it going with a single. Skylar Holland's double put Quattlebaum in scoring position. Groundout by Kimbrough and Easterling scored Quattlebaum and Holland, putting Hartselle American up 7-1 before ending the inning.
It didn't stop there. Hartselle sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, resulting in the Americans reaching 10-run inning limit.
Morgan West American managed to score one more run in the bottom of the fourth off a single by Mause.
"Everything seemed to work. So hopefully we'll be able to come back and do the same thing again tomorrow night," Bunn said.
Now Hartselle will face Athens.
"When you get to all-stars you have to count everybody as being equal," Bunn said. "You have to play your best."
Decatur National 32, Athens National 0: Decatur National opened up the first day of play strong.
Noah Burroughs started it off for Decatur National in the top of the first inning with a single. Tanner Burns followed with a triple. Ben Berry and Alec Marks each managed a triple as well.
Jack Collins, Will Gannaway, Saylor Solley and Hunter Lee each had singles, which contributed to an 9-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Decatur National sent a combined 27 batters to the plate in the second and third innings, both of which resulted in a 10-run rule limit for a 29-0 lead.
Decatur managed to score three more runs in the fourth inning.
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