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JT Blackwood makes the tag on a Bob Jones runner in the Tigers 6-2 win over the Patriots in the first game of a doubleheader. Special to the Enquirer/Mariann Parker

Hartselle baseball opens the season winning four of five

The Hartselle Tigers baseball team, ranked No. 1 in 6A by PBR Alabama, opened the season with four wins in five games.

Hartselle 6, Bob Jones 2
In the first game, the Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to come from behind. Eli Snelson had a run-scoring triple and Brodie Morrow had a bases-clearing three rbi double to cap the scoring. Colby Widner picked up the win in relief of Elliott Bray. The two combined to strike out 14 Patriot batters.

Hartselle 8, Bob Jones 5
In the second game, the Tigers once again came from behind to defeat the Patriots. Bob Jones led 5-3 going to the bottom of the fourth, but the Hartselle offense came to life with three runs in the bottom of the inning and then one in the fifth and sixth to get the win.

Bray had a double and a triple with 3 RBI and two runs scored, while Blaze Gillespie had a two-run home run to lead the Tigers attack.

Caleb Pittman picked up the win in relief of William Turner. Drew Cartee pitched the final three innings to earn the save. Hartselle pitchers struck out 17 Bob Jones batters.

Houston Co. (GA) 4, Hartselle 3
The Tigers gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Houston Co. (GA) came from behind to defeat Hartselle.

Snelson had two hits, an RBI, and a run scored to lead the Tigers.

Pittman suffered the loss as he pitched in relief of Cartee, who got the start.

Hartselle 3, Houston Co. (GA) 2
Eli Tidwell scored on a passed ball in the top of the eighth inning to give the Hartselle (3-1) a 3-2 win over Houston Co. (GA) in the first of two games for the Tigers on Saturday.

Colby Widner pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Elliott Bray got the start and went six innings, striking out seven and allowed two runs.

Coleman Mizell had two hits and a walk with a run scored to lead the Hartselle offense. JoJo Williamson had a hit and two walks with a run scored.

Hartselle 3, Locust Grove 2
Eli Snelson scored on Coleman Mizell’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Hartselle (4-1) a 3-2 win over Locust Grove (GA). Hartselle had to battle from behind after Locust Grove scored runs in the top of the first and the second to take a 2-0 lead. The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the second when Brodie Morrow’s single brought home Blaze Gillespie. Mizell had a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth to score Peyton Steele.

Morrow had two hits to lead Hartselle. Gillespie had a double, while Steele and Drew Cartee had singles.

William Turner got the start and went seven innings giving up two runs. He struck out eight while walking two.

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