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April 3, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: Isbell throws gem, Cold Springs beats Meek 3-1

COLD SPRINGS — Derick Isbell tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, his catcher Cody Anderson notched three big hits, and the Cold Springs’ baseball team snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over Meek on Thursday afternoon.

According to interim coach Rod Elliott — who stepped in for full-time Eagle coach Tyler Calvert — the team played “quite well and had a clean defensive game” in the victory.

Not only was Anderson solid behind home plate, the backstop threw out all three Tiger runners who attempted to steal in the game.

Isbell, meanwhile, didn’t need too much help in his complete-game effort. The junior located his pitches well and kept the Tigers off balance all game long.

“He didn’t really have that many baserunners,” Elliott said. “He just threw the ball across the plate and let his defense play behind him.”

Cold Springs now has five wins on the season and will hope to grab its first area triumph when it travels to Sulligent Tuesday.

% Holly Pond 8, J.B. Pennington 5: The Green and White had an awfully good fourth inning in Game 1 of their doubleheader at home on Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers grabbed a 3-0 lead early on and loaded the bases in the top half of the frame versus starter Nathan Duke. Coach Brent Neal then chose to bring in senior Hunter Townson, who had just come off a six-inning outing on Tuesday.

His task? Retire Pennington’s best hitter — Brandon Butts.

And on a full count, that’s exactly what the Bronco ace did, firing a strike to ring up Butts looking and avoid any further damage.

“I told him to do whatever you’ve got to do, and I will take you out when you say you can’t go,” Neal said of Townson. “He shut down a huge inning for us. I’m sure his arm’s sore.”

His teammates rewarded him, too, scoring eight runs in the bottom half of the fourth to take a 8-3 lead and hold on to a three-run victory.

The win moved the Broncos to 3-1 in the area and, although they lost the tiebreaker to the Tigers, Neal’s squad still holds its fate in its own hands. A sweep versus New Hope next week would clinch the area title outright, while a split would force them to go to a tiebreaker to help settle playoff berths.

Tony Vazquez had a hit and two RBIs for Holly Pond, while Nick Chrietzberg, Jake Harris, Mitchell Naler and Townson each had one base hit.

Townson completed 3 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win, striking out four batters and allowing just two hits.

The Green and White fell 13-0 in Game 2, with Hunter Nelson and M.J. Ford collecting the lone hits of the contest.

Holly Pond (11-15) will play Falkville and Danville on Saturday at Falkville at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.

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