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February 17, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Holly Pond comeback bid comes up just short in 9-8 loss to Ashville

BLOUNTSVILLE — Holly Pond erased a late eight-run deficit but wasn’t quite able to complete the comeback, narrowly falling 9-8 to Ashville Monday at the Covered Bridge Classic.

After trailing 8-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Broncos took advantage of a “walkfest” — they only had one hit in the inning — to even up the score by the end of the frame. The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the seventh, however, to pull out the Opening Day victory.

Hunter Nelson was 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Green and White, while Mitchell Naler was 1 for 2 with a pair of walks.

Hunter Townson earned the start on the mound for Holly Pond, notching six strikeouts, three hits and two walks in four innings. The senior gave up four runs, only one earned.

Zac Naler picked up the loss in relief. He allowed five hits and five runs, all earned, in 2 1/3 innings.

Bronco coach Brett Neal was glad to see his squad didn’t fold facing such a sizable hole as the contest wore on.

“I wasn’t surprised at the performance given the lack of time on the field,” he said. “I knew it was going to be a trial-by-fire type of game for us.”

The Green and White will try to tally their first win Tuesday at Locust Fork. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.  



% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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