Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 26, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Dominating night

Athens run-rules Eustace 10-0

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Hornets jumped out early on the Eustace Bulldogs and never looked back with a 10-0 run-rule win Monday night at Hornets Field.

“It was a great night coming off of a long tournament,” coach Dallas Robertson said. “Having the chance to get some guys in was big for us and to prepare us for this coming weekend in Lindale.”

With the win, the Hornets improved to 5-2 on the year following a runner up finish in the Palestine tournament over the weekend.

Athens will now get ready for play in the  Robbie Surratt Memorial Baseball Tournament in Lindale starting Thursday.

The Hornets are scheduled to face Bullard at 10:45 a.m. and Spring Hill at 1 p.m.

They will return to action on Friday with an 8:30 a.m. contest against Mt. Pleasant before wrapping up play on Saturday against Lindale at 5:45 p.m.

“I would like to go down there and win as many games as we can,” Robertson said. “I want us to play hard and play well this weekend. I am proud of the way that we have come to play and we are a good team right now.”

The pitching staff for Athens was on target all night as they combined for a no-hitter against Eustace.

The shot that forced the run-rule ending was a rope by senior Garrett Conley down the left-field line off of Eustace reliever Ryan Brown.

Conley raced around the basepaths for an inside the park home run to end the night.

Robertson said he was proud with the way his team hit the baseball against Eustace.

“We talked about getting the ball in the air today, this morning and throughout the weekend,” Robertson said. “If we can get the ball in the air like Garrett did then good things will happen.”

AHS scored five runs in the first inning off of Eustace starter Clay Easterly. The Hornets recorded five runs on six hits in the opening inning to put the game out of reach.

Conley started the attack with a double to right field before Brandon Boyd brought him home with a double to center field.

Boyd then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error by the first baseman.

The Hornets were able to score at least one run in every inning against Eustace.

“The whole team made the adjustments and I was proud with how the guys hit the baseball,” Robertson said. “We have to continue getting on top of the baseball and keep it out of the air.”

The Hornets will be on the road at Kaufman March 4 before wrapping up tournament play in Princeton March 6-8.