The Athens Hornets opened the White Oak Tournament on Thursday afternoon as they swept their doubleheader with wins against the Paris Wildcats, 8-1, and the Elysian Fields Yellowjackets, 6-2.


Athens struck first, 1-0, in the top of the first inning as Chris Garcia came home on a sacrifice bunt by Grant Echols.

The Wildcats tied it up at 1-1 with their only run in the bottom of the first on an infield error by Athens.

Trent Harris made it 2-1 Hornets in the top of the second as he singled to center field and scored Kobe Grimes.

The Hornets built the lead to 7-1 in the top of the third thanks to Kobe Kale scoring on a passed ball, Echols coming home on a single to right field by Ty Rayburn, TJ Rockmore scoring on Fischer's bunt, Rayburn coming home on a single to left field by Trent Harris and Michael Alvarado scoring on a throw to second base.

Athens scored their last run in the fourth as Echols scored on Alvarado's sac fly to center field.

Kobe Kale picked up the win on the mound for the Hornets as he threw all seven innings and gave up one run on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Echols and Harris both had two hits for Athens.


In the top of the second, Rockmore scored on an error by the Yellowjackets' third baseman and made it 1-0 Hornets.

The Yellowjackets took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to runs on a fielder's choice and an error by Rayburn.

Athens tied it at 2-2 in the third as Nathan Sims scored on an error by Elysian Fields' shortstop.

In the fourth, Rockmore scored on a fielder's choice and Rayburn scored on Juan Garcia's groundout to first base as Athens led 4-2.

The Hornets added their last two runs in the sixth inning as Alvarado scored on a single to left field by Juan Garcia and Kobe Grimes' steal of home plate.

Ty Rayburn pitched the way to victory on the mound as he went five shutout innings in relief for Athens and allowed four hits, struck out three and allowed no walks. Michael Alvarado started and lasted one inning while giving up two runs on one hit.

Echols led Athens in hits as he went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The Hornets improved to 10-3 and resume play at the White Oak Tournament on Friday with a doubleheader against the Henderson Lions and the White Oak Roughnecks.