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March 20, 2014

AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Athens Hornets win thriller over Canton, 8-6

Athens — The Athens Hornets improved to 14-5-1 and 1-0 in District 15-3A play with an 8-6 win over the Canton Eagles on Tuesday night in Canton.

AHS held a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run homerun by Lance Funkhouser that scored Brandon Boyd from third base for a 2-1 lead.

Canton then regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as they scored five runs off of starting pitcher Garrett Conley and reliever Josh Darden.

The Hornets battled back scoring one run in the fifth inning and erupting for five runs in the top of the sixth inning for an 8-6 lead.

In the sixth, Athens went up for good as Boyd hit a two-run single that scored Jesse Taylor and Daniel Mossberger.

Travis Takata led the way for the Hornets at the plate going 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. He doubled in the first and sixth innings.

Mossberger went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Conley, Boyd, Adam Stallings and Funkhouser each recorded one hit.

Conley allowed six runs on four hits, with three of them earned in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Darden allowed no runs on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in relief.

Athens will be back on the road Friday night against the Van Vandals at 6:30 p.m. in Van.

Athens Lady Hornets  win finale, 5-0

The Athens Lady Hornets wrapped up the regular season with a 5-0 win over the Chapel Hill Lady Bulldogs at Chapel Hill.

At the 8:57 mark of the first half, Athens forward Makayle Traxson scored the first goal off an assist from Kyra Robison.

Traxson scored her second goal of the match at the 21:02 mark of the first half as Gabby Lawyer found her with the assist and the 2-0 lead.

Robison then got on the scoreboard at the 21:43 mark of the first half as Robison blasted a shot past the Chapel Hill goalie off an assist from Ashley Garcia for the 3-0 lead.

Robison wrapped up the first half scoring with her second goal of the game at the 36:20 mark of the first half.

Garcia then wrapped up the scoring for the Lady Hornets with a goal at the 62:43 mark of the game off an assist from Lawyer for the 5-0 win.

Hornets  lose finale to Chapel Hill, 3-1

The Athens Hornets soccer season came to an end on Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Chapel Hill Bulldogs on Senior Night at Bruce Field.

The lone goal came off the foot of Pedro Galvan off an assist from Efrain Hernandez.

With the loss, the Hornets finished the season at 5-17-0 and were eliminated from the playoffs.

In junior varsity action, both teams tied at 0-0 as the Hornets finished second in the district standings.

Brownsboro takes care of Mabank, 5-1

Brownsboro’s Ryan Covington went 2-for-2, sparking the Brownsboro Bears to a 5-1 victory in seven innings over Mabank on Tuesday at Brownsboro.

He doubled in the first inning and singled in the third inning.

Covington picked up the win for Brownsboro, allowing one run over five innings. He struck out four, walked four and surrendered five hits.

Corey Dyer took the loss for Mabank. He lasted six innings, giving up three with, striking out six, and allowing five runs.

The game was never in doubt after the first, as the Bears scored two runs on an RBI double by Covington and an RBI single by Landon Mason.

The lone run of the game for Mabank crossed the plate in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Kaleb Mandeville.

It didn't take long for the Bears to answer as they scored two runs of their own in the fifth.

The Bears scored on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Mason.

Corey Dodd was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Tyler Thomison had one hit for the Bears.

Mabank was led by Kaleb Mandeville going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Mabank is scheduled to host Canton on Friday night.

Brownsboro thumps Mabank, 9-0

The Brownsboro Bearettes continue to roll this season as they thumped Mabank, 9-0, on with a big second inning.

The Bearettes scored five runs on six hits in the inning.

Karli Wilkerson led the way for the Bearettes going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. She tripled in the second and third innings.

Madison Timmerman brought the heat against Mabank during her outing. Timmerman held Mabank hitless over three innings, allowing no earned runs, walking one and striking out five.

Wilkerson, Baylee McCurley and Kirsten Anderson combined for seven hits and three RBI in the Bearettes win.

Madison Alexander started the game and gave up one hit with two walks and four strikeouts in four innings of work.

The Bearettes will travel to Mineola Friday night for a battle with the Lady Jackets.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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