From Staff Reports
The Athens Review
The Athens Hornets survived a sixth inning run by the Van Vandals on Friday as they won, 7-6, at Hornet Field.
Van scored one run in the seventh on an RBI single by Christian Cole. Still, Van couldn't catch the Hornets.
Morgan Gimler reached base two times in the game for the Hornets. He singled in the third inning.
Garrett Conley got the win for the Hornets despite allowing six runs over seven innings. He struck out six, walked three and surrendered seven hits.
The top of the first saw Van take an early lead, 4-0. Van's threat began with a double by Reid Hiler. A groundout by Cole then moved Hiler from second to third. Matt Savis singled, plating Hiler.
Van added more runs when Savis scored on an RBI single by Mason Hassell and Harris scored on a two-run home run by Jacob Wyrick.
The Hornets posted one run in each of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth. In the first, the Hornets scored on an RBI double by Adam Stallings, bringing home Travis Takata.
The Hornets scored on an RBI single by Daniel Mossberger.
The Hornets tied the game in the fourth on a passed ball that scored Gimler.
The Hornets never trailed after scoring one run in the fifth on a passed ball.
The Hornets were led at the plate by Gimler as he went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Travis Takata, Adam Stallings and Jesse Taylor each went 2 for 3 at the plate. Stallings and Taylor had doubles in the game.
Athens travels to Mabank tonight to face off against the Panthers. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Bears lose 9-4 to Mineola in district
BROWNSBORO — Raul Gutierrez did all he could to give the Brownsboro Bears a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past Mineola, as the Bears lost 9-4 in seven innings at Bear Baseball Field on Friday.
Gutierrez had a hot bat for Brownsboro . Gutierrez went 2 for 4, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first and fourth innings.
Ty Garrett got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed four runs over seven innings. Garrett struck out two, walked two and gave up seven hits.
Mineola was sparked by Ryan Browning and Flourny, who teamed up for five hits and five RBIs.
Eustace blasts Malakoff 20-6
MALAKOFF — The Eustace Bulldogs took care of business on Friday night with a run-rule victory over the Malakoff Tigers.
Eustace held a 5-4 lead heading into the fourth inning before Eustace scored 10 runs to blow the game open.
They scored 10 runs in the fourth and five more in the top of the sixth for the win.
Trevor Lane led the way going 5 for 5 with seven RBI’s, while Stephen Stine went 2 for 4 with five RBI’s in the game.
Lane picked up the win on the mound throwing four innings. He allowed six runs — four earned — with seven walks and nine strikeouts.
Eustace hosts Kemp tonight, while Malakoff travels to Scurry Rosser.