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February 18, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Cats notch Opening Day comeback vs. Hartselle, fall in fog to Hazel Green; Hanceville blows out Winston County



Cleveland continued to slug with two more doubles in three at-bats. Owen Lovell added a double and RBI, and Cole Collins collected a two-base hit of his own.

With Game 1 at Hoover and Game 2 at Spain Park, Cullman (1-1) will bring the Birmingham-Huntsville home to Bill Shelton Field on Tuesday. Hoover and Grissom are scheduled to play at 4 p.m., followed by the Bearcats and 6A Buckhorn at 6:30 p.m.


% Hanceville 10, Winston County 0: The Bulldogs appeared to be in midseason form, needing just five innings to take down the Yellow Jackets Monday at the Good Hope Tournament.

Christian James tallied the win with two strikeouts and two walks in three innings of one-hit ball. Austin Coker came in the for the last two innings, giving up two hits and a walk.

Hayden Loggins was 2 for 3, while Isaac Hardin was 1 for 2 with four RBIs. His lone hit was a big one — an opposite-field, three-run bomb in the fourth inning to push Hanceville's lead to 9-0.

Isaac Weissend, Austin Coker, Branen Hurst, Kody Smith and Blake Baker tacked on a hit apiece for a Bulldog lineup not including first baseman, smooth swinger and captain Keith Twitty, who's services are still being used on the basketball court.

“We have been working so hard. It's just good to see the results on the field,” coach Michael Chandler said of Hanceville's Day 1 effort. “I was more proud of the zero errors on a rainy Opening Day and how we hit it considering all the inside practices we have had to have.”

The Dawgs will try to make it two wins in two games when it takes the field against Addison Tuesday at 4 p.m., again at Good Hope.


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

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