The Athens Review
The Athens Hornets find themselves in an interesting situation this Friday night following a stinging loss to the Mineola Yellowjackets Friday night.
The Hornets lost, 4-2, and now find themselves one game up on Mineola (18-4, 6-3) with one game remaining.
Athens (16-12, 7-2) travels to Brownsboro, while Mineola travels to Mabank. The other district finale has Van travelling to Canton.
“We have to find a way to get this thing back going again. We have a week to get back before that game,” AHS coach Dallas Robertson said. “We need to work on fundamentals and some things that I thought were glaring. We got plenty of time to do it and they are getting after it.”
The Yellowjackets once again starter senior hurler Ryan Browning — who the Hornets defeated earlier in the district season in extra innings.
Athens jumped on Browning early in the game and scored their only runs in the top of the second inning.
Senior Gabe Gross opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout by Lance Funkhouser.
Jesse Taylor then put runners on the corners as he reached on an error by Lucas Flournoy.
Daniel Mossberger then reached base on the Yellowjackets second error by Seth Bikerstaff, which scored Gross.
After a third error by Garrett Woods on Kaleb Sifers at bat, Taylor scored to give AHS a 2-0 lead.
Mineola came back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game up on a two RBI-single by Lance Seeton off starter Morgan Gimler.
In the third inning, AHS had the bases loaded with one out but stranded the runners.
Robertson said that was a key stretch in the game.
“When a guy gets momentum on the mound and tries to shut you down, you got to find ways to get on base,” AHS coach Dallas Robertson said. “I thought we swung at some balls that we shouldn’t have swung at and we helped him out.”
Mineola scored the final two runs of the game in the third inning as Tino Elias and Bikerstaff scored on an error against Athens for the 4-2 lead.
The Hornets had only four batters reach base in the final four innings of the ball game.
“We played the fly ball game and when we play the fly ball game they are going to catch them. We did not do that during that stretch,” Robertson said. “There are some things that we have to get back to fixing and we are all on board to getting back to fixing those things and we will get it going.”
Gross led the way for the Hornets going 3-for-3 with a run scored. Takata went 1-for-3 and Gimler went 1-for-4.
Gimler gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five in five innings of work.
Below are the standings heading into the regular season finale.
W L W L T
Athens 7 2 16 12 0
Mineola 6 3 11 4 0
Canton 5 4 15 12 1
Mabank 4 5 10 16 0
Van 4 5 13 13 1
Brownsboro 1 8 13 13 0
Athens at Brownsboro; Mineola at Mabank; Van at Canton