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Blackwood’s HRs cap 4-1 week for Hartselle

Published 6:00am Monday, March 17, 2014

Brett Blackwood carried Hartselle to a 6-4 win in seven innings over Southside in the nightcap Saturday.

He hit two home runs in a 4-for-4 outing with two RBIs and three runs scored. Blackwood homered in the third and seventh innings.

The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to nine lead changes in the game.

Hartselle took the lead for good in the fifth inning, as an error allowed Blackwood to score.

Levi Tapscott gave up two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his three innings of work.

The top of the first saw Hartselle take a 1-0 lead on Blackwood’s single.

Southside scored two runs of its own in the first.

In the fourth, Hartselle scored on an RBI single by Casen Wallace, plating Nic James.

More runs came home on a groundout by Daniel Conley.

Hartselle 8, Gadsden City 6

After trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Hartselle scored eight consecutive runs before holding off a ferocious Gadsden comeback.

Gadsden City scored five runs in the seventh on two singles and.

Hayden Bradford racked up three RBIs on two hits for Hartselle. He singled in the second inning and tripled in the third inning.

Brady Wallace struck out six hitters en route to the win. He allowed no earned runs, five hits and one walk over six innings.

Hartselle (10-11) increased its lead with four runs in the third. Bradford tripled, plating Lon Starr, Casen Wallace and Collins Hanners to kick things off.

Brett Blackwood had a single, a double and a run scored. Tyler Cook also had two hits while Tanner Oakes, Tate Mathis, Rylee Wilson and Casen Wallace had hits.

Etowah 6, Hartselle 2

Levi Tapscott gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during his three innings of relief pitching.

However, the damage was already done, as the Blue Devils exploded for six runs in the third inning.

Jake Nelson took the loss.

Daniel Conley put Hartselle on the board first with a sacrifice fly to score Tate Mathis.

A sacrifice fly by Tanner Oakes to plate Hayden Bradford cut the lead to four runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough.

Bradford and Brett Blackwood had the only hits for Hartselle.

Hartselle 8-11, Russellville 2-2

Hartselle’s Tigers swept a doubleheader from Russellville, 8-2 and 11-2, in a home outing on March 11.

In the opener, Hartselle collected nine hits to five for Russellville.  Tyler Cook paced the win with a double and a pair of singles and one RBI. Brett Blackwood had a double and single and two RBIs, Jorden Robinson added a double and a singled and score two runs, Tanner Oakes had a two-RBI single and scored two runs, and Casen Wallace added an RBI-single and scored a run.

Dakota Fowler was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters in seven innings.

In the nightcap, Hartselle recorded 12 runs on 11 hits and 5 stolen bases. Tate Martin led the way with a triple, double and scored a run.  Oakes had a double and single and scored two runs, Daniel Conley had a pair of singles and scored two runs, Zeth Malcolm tripled, Brett Blackwood singed and scored a run, Cook singled and had an RBI and Robinson had an RBI-single and scored a run.

Jake Nelson was credited with the win, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 10 batters.

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