From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Athens Hornets bounced back from their first loss in district play with a 7-3 win over the Van Vandals Friday night at Hornet Field.
With the win, coach Dallas Robertson’s squad is now 19-6-1 overall and 6-1 in District 15-3A play.
The Hornets will travel to Mabank tonight to take on the Panthers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
They will then have a short week as they will host senior night on Thursday night against the Mineola Yellow Jackets. AHS will not play on Friday as they will observe Good Friday.
After losing to the Canton Eagles, 4-3, last Tuesday night, the Hornets recorded only three hits against the Vandals.
AHS scored at least one run in the first three innings as Garrett Conley scored the first run on a passed ball.
In the top of the second inning, Van’s Jacoby Bogue singled to center field as Mason Hassell came around to score to tie the game at 1-1.
AHS would regain the lead in the bottom of the inning as Daniel Mossberger scored on an error during a pickoff attempt against Josh Darden.
The Hornets picked up three runs in the bottom of the third inning to break the game open. Brandon Boyd led off the inning with a single before Travis Takata ripped a double to right field.
During the play, Boyd came around to score on the throw and Takata advanced to third. Adam Stallings then hit into a fielder’s choice as Takata scored to give Athens a 4-1 lead.
Later in the inning, Jesse Taylor reached on an error by the second baseman as Stallings scored from third for the final run of the inning.
AHS would score their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two out rally.
Conley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as Jeremy Bateman came in to score and Taylor scored on a passed ball for the 7-1 lead.
Van found a way to score the final two runs in the top of the sixth inning on a passed ball and an RBI-single by Matt Savis.
Conley picked up the win on the mound as he went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, two of the runs were earned. He struck out five batters and walked two.
Boyd, Takata and Michael Canales recorded the only hits for the Hornets. Conley and Stallings were credited with RBI’s.