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March 22, 2014

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Holly Pond baseball splits Saturday slate; Auburn’s Thompson improves to 5-0 with latest gem

HOLLY POND — The Holly Pond baseball team had an up-and-down day at home on Saturday.

The up? A 7-4 win over Susan Moore. The down? A 12-2 loss to Brewer, bringing the Broncos’ record to 8-11 heading into a doubleheader with Dora on Tuesday.

Hunter Townson struck out five in a three-inning start before giving way for Zac Naler (2-4) to notch the win with five K’s and no walks in four solid frames of relief.

Nathan Duke provided the pop with a double, triple and RBI in three at-bats. Mitchell Naler and M.J. Ford both had a hit and drove in a run. Zac Naler and Hunter Nelson were each 1 for 3.

Holly Pond was hitless in Game 2. Duke dropped to 1-2 after allowing two hits, two earned runs, four walks and fanning one in the first two inning.

College Baseball

% Auburn 4, Tennessee 2:
Even when Keegan Thompson doesn’t quite have his best stuff, he’s still pretty filthy.

The Vols found that out the hard way on Saturday, falling victim to the freshman phenom from Cullman in an SEC series-clincher that sent the Tigers to 17-7 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Thompson, now 5-0 through six starts, yielded only one run and five hits while striking out two in 7 1/3 innings of work. He set down Tennessee’s first 12 batters to bump his run to 18 in a row dating back to the previous weekend.

“He kept coming in the dugout frustrated,” Auburn coach Sunny Golloway said of Thompson in a press release. “But what I love about him, he’s such a competitor, he’s going to find a way to get out of it every time — and that’s what he did.”

The former Bearcat baseball star’s next start should come next weekend in another SEC matchup, this time at home against Missouri.

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

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