Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 27, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Athens dominates Mabank 15-1 in District 15-3A play

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

MABANK — The Athens Hornets showed why they are a team to beat in the District 15-3A standings with another solid performance Tuesday night.

Athens hurler Morgan Gilmler picked up the win with a complete game two hitter in their 15-1 win over the Mabank Panthers.

Gimler struck out 10 batters with only two walks and one earned run for the Hornets.

With the win, first year coach Dallas Robertson’s Hornets are now 12-10 overall and 3-0 in District 15-3A play.

In three district games, the Hornets have outscored their opponents 35-10.

With the loss, coach Jeff Johnson’s Panthers’ fell to 7-13 overall and 1-3 in district play.

The Panthers host Van Thursday night and then wrap up the first half of district play on the road at Mineola April 5th.

The Hornets have a quick turnaround heading their next game as they will host the Mineola Yellowjackets Thursday night at Hornet Field.

Varsity action is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Hornets are taking Friday night in observance of Good Friday as students will be out of class for the Easter holiday on Friday.

They will then be on the road at Brownsboro April 5 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

Athens jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Mabank starter Stephen Caillet.

Garrett Conley led off the game with a single followed by a sacrifice fly from Gimler. After a strikeout by Travis Takata, Adam Stallings ripped an RBI double scoring Conley for the early lead.

Mabank was able to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning as  Cory Dyer drove in Garrett Holcomb on a sacrifice bunt.

The Hornets then exploded in the top of the fifth inning as they scored seven runs on four hits for the 8-1 lead.

The Hornets had 12 batters at bat in the inning with runs coming from Daniel Mossberger, Conley, Gimler, Takata, Adam Stallings, Lance Funkhouser and Gabe Gross.

Gimler was on his game against Mabank as he had five of his seven innings consists of three up and three down baseball.

The most batters he faced in one inning was six during the fourth inning.

After the Hornets seven run fifth inning, Athens scored one more run in the sixth inning as Gimler opened the inning with a walk.

During the next at bat, Gimler stole second and then reached third on a passed ball by Mabank.

On a 3-1 count to Stallings, he was able to smack a single to right field to put runners on the corners.

During Funkhouser’s at bat, Gimler was able to score on a passed ball by Mabank for the 9-1 lead.

Athens capped off the scoring with six more runs in the top of the seventh inning as six of 11 batters scored during that inning.

Stallings led the way for the Hornets going 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, while Jesse Taylor went 2-for-4 with and RBI and a run scored.

Conley also went 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored for the Hornets.

Leading the way for the Panthers was Kaleb Mandeville — who finished 1-for-2 with a single. Teammate John Velez went 1-for-3 with a single.

Mabank used five different pitchers in the game as Caillet, Corey Dyer, Luke Winklevoss, Korey Roberts and Cody Kuykendall saw action against the Hornets.

Calliet went four innings allowing eight runs — one earned on seven hits.

Note: The Athens booster club will be holding a bake sale to help purchase equipment for the team during the Hornets game against Mineola Thursday night.