Decatur 14-year-olds a win away from trip to state
By Paul Stackhouse
The Decatur National 14-year-olds took one step closer to a Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament bid Saturday night at the Cedar Ridge Middle School baseball fields, rolling to a 17-7 district tournament victory over Hartselle.
Also in the 14-year-old division, Phil Campbell defeated Central-Florence 9-4 in an elimination game. Phil Campbell will face Hartselle on Monday at 8 p.m. with the winner set to play Decatur National on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The 14-year-old state tournament is slated for July 20 in Fayette.
In the 13-year-old bracket, Hartselle claimed a 9-2 victory over Decatur National. Hamilton and Decatur National have one loss each in the round-robin event and will play each other Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Decatur National 14-year-olds 17, Hartselle 7: Decatur National led 8-2 after four innings of play before scoring seven runs in the fifth to take control of the game. In the fifth, Josh Freeman belted a grand slam and Greg Walden hit a three-run homer.
Freeman also had a double and a single with Garret Teague finishing with a double and a single. Daniel Defenbaugh had four singles with Titus Miller and Blake Towe hitting a single each.
Jackson Reeves led Hartselle at the plate with a double and two singles. Matt Johnston finished the game with two singles.
Reid Cauthen picked up the win on the mound for Decatur National. Cauthen pitched four innings, allowing two hits while striking out one and walking two.
Hartselle 13-year-olds 9, Decatur National 2: Colby Nelson led the Hartselle 13-year-olds in hitting with a double and a single. Kameron Wallace also had a double, while Jacob Garrison had two singles with Gavin Marsh finishing with one single.
Luke Wheatley had two singles for the Decatur National 13-year-olds, while William Orman finished with a single.
11- and 12-year-olds
Hatton 2, Cherokee 0: In a district tournament game, Hatton won as Michael Walker pitched six innings of shutout ball. He struck out eight.
Riley Nolen had two home runs, and Jake Bradford added a single.
15- and 16-year-olds
Playing in the championship round of the district tournament, Decatur fell to Underwood 12-5 before rallying in the winner-take-all game 9-5.
The last win gave Decatur a berth in the state tourney, which begins Friday in Guntersville.
In the deciding game against Underwood, Jake Morgan pitched seven innings for the win. He struck out nine. Scott Peyton, Jake Morgan and Matthew Poole each had a double. Peyton added a homer.
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