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Decatur's Kennadi Hogan gets a pep talk from her father,Kenny Hogan, during the championship round of the Dixie Girls Softball Darlings sub-district in Hartselle.
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Decatur's Kennadi Hogan gets a pep talk from her father,Kenny Hogan, during the championship round of the Dixie Girls Softball Darlings sub-district in Hartselle.

Hartselle 1st, Decatur 2nd in Darlings

From Staff Reports

Decatur American's run in the Dixie Girls Softball Darlings sub-district tournament came to a close Monday in Hartselle.

Hartselle American beat Decatur American twice in the championship round 13-2 and 14-3.

Decatur American entered the finals as the only unbeaten team left in the tournament after having scored a 13-2 win over Hartselle American earlier in the tournament.

Even with the two losses, Decatur American advanced farther than the squad had in past years. This age group covers 7- and 8-year-olds.

Baseball

11- and 12-year-olds

Decatur National 10, Morgan American West 1: In the sub-district championship game in Priceville, Decatur ripped four homers to take the victory.

Will Gann paced the hitters for Decatur with a pair of homers. Gray Cauthen added a homer and a double, while Austin Compton had a homer and a single.

Parker Frith doubled and singled, and Hayden Hatfield had a double.

Gann got the pitching win after working four innings, allowing four hits and giving up one run.

7- and 8-year-olds

Decatur National 11, Hartselle American 9: Decatur National won the sub-district tournament, which operated under a round-robin format.

Decatur National now will be the top seed for the district tournament, which begins Friday in Athens.

For Decatur, Charlie Cushing and Ben Berry each had a single and a double, while Noah Burroughs, Alex Marks, John Riehl, Charlie Crane and Jack Collins each had two singles.

For Hartselle, Taylor Easterlin and Skylar Holland each had a double and two singles. Garrett Wade and Ben Kimbrough each had a single and a double.

In another sub-district game, Morgan American West beat Athens National 10-5.

14-year-olds

Decatur American 10, Colbert County 7: Throughout his youth baseball career, Ty Keenum has never had the pleasure of trotting around the bases after hitting a home run.

Monday night in sub-district tournament play at the Cedar Ridge Middle School baseball fields, Keenum hit two home runs to lead Decatur American to a 10-7 victory over Colbert County.

Decatur American, the only undefeated team remaining in the double-elimination tournament, will play Greenhill on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Greenhill returned to the winners' bracket Monday with a 8-6 win over Brooks. Colbert County will face Underwood at 5:30 in the losers' bracket.

Both of Keenum's line-drive two-run homer went over the left field fence. Once came in the top of the fifth inning with the other coming in the seventh.

"I didn't think the first one was gone," said Keenum, a starting third baseman. "Then I heard Coach (Randy Smith) hooping and hollering and saw the umpire signal home run. In the dugout, all my teammates were calling it a random hit.

"I even called the second one a random hit. I knew the second one was gone as soon as I hit it. I think I'll have a hard time sleeping tonight, I'm pretty excited."

The game was tied 3-3 after four innings before Decatur American rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth. Colbert County scored three runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth, making it 8-6. Decatur failed to score in its next at-bat with Colbert County adding one in the sixth to make it 8-7.

With two outs in the top of the seventh and final inning, Connor Graves singled to right field before Keenum secured the victory with his home run.

"Our boys played a complete game tonight," Smith said. "Our pitchers were doing a good job and when they were off a little bit, the defense backed them up. This was definitely a good win for us."

Dylan Woods pitched two innings for Decatur to collect the win.

Besides the two home runs, Keenum also had a single.

Graves had a double and a single for Decatur, while Spencer Beasley and Woods had a double each. Thomas Russell, Devin Wynn, Andrew Lilly, Justin Rippen and Hayden Naumann finished with a single each.

Tyler Evans, Kevin Isbell, Zach Tverberg and Donald Potter had two singles each for Colbert County, while Brandon Berry finished with a single.

- Paul Stackhouse

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