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March 12, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Taming the ‘Cats

AHS takes down Emory Rains, 5-1

Athens — Athens senior starter Garrett Conley pitched lights out for the Hornets with 11 strikeouts and four hits in a 5-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field.

Conley walked two and allowed only one run — which was unearned — to help the Hornets improve to 12-5-1 on the season.

They will play their final non-district game Friday afternoon against the  Princeton Panthers.

The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Hornet Field.

They will open District 15-3A play March 18 against the Canton Eagles. The game in Canton is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Hornets found a way early to pick up the lead as they have in most of their games this season.

AHS played aggressively in the bottom of the third inning as Brandon Boyd started the inning with a single.

Boyd then advanced to second on a stolen base and scored on a throwing error by the second baseman for the 1-0 lead.

The fifth inning saw Emory Rains score its only run of the day on a groundout by Potts.

In the bottom half of the inning, Athens scored three runs on two hits.

Michael Canales led off the inning reaching base on a single and advanced to second on a stolen base.

He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Lance Funkhouser for the 2-0 lead.

Following a sacrifice bunt by Boyd that put Conley on second, he advanced to third on the single by Funkhouser.

The Hornets continued to put on the pressure as Landon Bynum drove in Adam Stallings with a single to center field for the 4-1 lead.

The Hornets added the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Conley drove in Canales on a ground out for the 5-1 lead.

The Hornets then put the game away in the top of the seventh inning as Conley forced two ground outs and a strikeout in the inning.

Defensively, Athens committed three errors in the ballgame.

Leading the Hornets at the plate were Bynum as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Conley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Hornets also had one hit each from Canales, Funkhouser and Boyd. Funkhouser led the way in RBI’s with two.

Boyd and Canales were also credited with stolen bases.

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