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March 11, 2014

ATHENS HS SPORTS: Athens wraps Princeton Tournament with big wins

Athens — The Athens Hornets wrapped up play in the Princeton Tournament over the weekend with an 11-5-1 overall record.

The Hornets picked up two big wins over Princeton and Ferris and lost to the Home School Athletic Association.

AHS is scheduled to host Emory Rains at 1 p.m. today at Hornet Field.

They will wrap up the Spring Break week with a contest against Princeton Friday at Hornet Field.

The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.

HSAA 8, Athens 4

On Friday, the Hornets lost its first game of the day to HSAA, 8-4, in seven innings despite outhitting them 10-9.

Brandon Boyd led the way for Athens as he went 3-for-4, drove in one and scored two runs.

HSAA picked up a lead they would not give up in the first inning. HSAA scored three runs on an RBI double, a groundout and an RBI single.

AHS was able to cut into the deficit in the first inning as Boyd scored on an RBI single by Lance Funkhouser.

An RBI single by Garrett Conley scored Esteban Chairez in the second inning to make the game a 3-2 lead for HSAA.

HSAA got one-run rallies in the fourth inning and the seventh. In the fourth, HSAA scored on a passed ball.

After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fourth, Boyd smacked an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Athens scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

For Athens, Conley went  2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Funkhouser was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Athens 10,

Princeton 2

In the nightcap on Friday, AHS picked up a 10-2 over the host team, Princeton.

Athens scored five runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Jesse Taylor, a two-run single by Landon Bynum, and an RBI single by Michael Canales.

Funkhouser got on base three times, scoring one run and knocking in one batter.

AHS scored one run in the third, sixth and seventh innings.

In the third, Josh Darden scored on an error by Princeton.

AHS also scored two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Travis Takata, bringing home Conley. Takata later scored on an RBI single by Funkhouser.

Taylor was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Funkhouser was 2-for-3 with an RBI with an RBI and a run scored.

Conley picked up the win with a complete game seven hitter. He allowed two runs, three walks and struck out 10 batters.

Athens 18, Ferris 4

In their only game on Saturday, Athens thumped Ferris 18-4 recording 14 hits off Ferris pitching.

The big inning for the Hornets came in the sixth inning as they picked up seven runs on just four hits.

The big at-bat was a three-run triple by Funkhouser. Athens also scored on a two RBI-single by Boyd, an error and a sacrifice fly by Bynum.

Boyd went 3-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored. He also walked once in the game.

Adam Stallings picked up the win on the hill for the Hornets — striking out eight batters.

He allowed one earned run, three hits and two walks over six innings.

Athens pounded Ferris pitching, as six hitters combined for 14 hits, 13 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

AHS didn't relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the first inning when they scored on a sacrifice fly by Funkhouser and an RBI single by Stallings.

They scored three more runs in the top of the second.

Conley kicked things off with a single, scoring Canales. That was followed up by Boyd's triple, bringing home Conley.

AHS scored four more runs in the fourth inning on a bases loaded walk that scored Boyd to open the scoring in the frame.

That was followed up by Stallings' double, scoring Takata.

Taylor went 4-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Lady Hornets open district play today

The Athens Lady Hornets will open the District 15-3A season today at Peg Cain Field against the Mineola Lady Jackets.

Coach Morgan Harpole’s team is set to begin at 3 p.m. with the varsity contest.

The Lady Hornets will wrap up the week of Spring Break with an afternoon contest on Friday at Brownsboro.

The game is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Against Mildred on Friday, the Lady Hornets lost, 11-5, with Mildred scoring seven runs in the sixth inning.

Kristen House took the loss in the circle, giving up nine runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. She struck out three and walked two batters.

Haley Durden, Josee McNeece, Krystal Davis and Hadley Cain had two hits in the game.

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