PREP BASEBALL: Hanceville comes back to beat J.B. Pennington, Warriors split games with Etowah, Tuesday wrap-up

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Hanceville 12 – J.B. Pennington 11

The Bulldogs trailed J.B. Pennington by three runs going into the bottom of the seventh but some patient at bats helped Hanceville come back and win it 12-11.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Mark Dyer tied things up with an RBI single in the third. J.B. Pennington tacked on five runs in the top of the fourth to build a 6-1 lead, but the Bulldogs chipped away at the lead in the fifth.

Three straight RBI singles from Matthew Cornelius, TJ Kubia and Tate Brown cut the lead to 6-5 going into the sixth inning. A passed ball, a sacrifice fly from Dyer and another RBI single from Cornelius gave Hanceville an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tigers scored five runs in the top of the seventh take an 11-8 lead into the final frame.

Five walks and two hit batters led to a lot of base runners for the Bulldogs and they were able to take advantage and bring enough of them home to walk off with a 12-11 win.

Cornelius finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win. Brown collected three RBIs as well, and Ashton James finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Hanceville will try to move to 3-0 on the season when it travels to Curry on Thursday.

Etowah 13 – West Point 2

The Warriors struggled to handle the Blue Devils offensively and defensively in their first game of their doubleheader with Etowah Tuesday night and suffered their first loss of the season, 13-2.

West Point 4 – Etowah 2

West Point was able to bounce back in their second matchup of the night against Etowah with a 4-2 win, handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season. The Warriors are now 3-1 on the season and they’ll be gunning for win number four when they host Hayden on Thursday.

Homewood 3 – Cullman 1

After four scoreless innings, Homewood tacked on a run to take a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning. The Bearcats were able to add a run in the final two innings, but the Patriots held on to win it 3-1 and hand Cullman its second loss of the season.

The ‘Cats are now 4-2 at this early point on the season and they’ll try to get back in the win column when they travel to Huntsville on Friday.

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