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March 28, 2014

PREP BASEBALL: Holly Pond secures sweep of Appalachian with walk-off walk

HOLLY POND — The Holly Pond baseball team creeped ever closer to a .500 record with a sweep of Appalachian at home on Friday.

Senior Hunter Townson threw an absolute gem in a 6-2 victory to start the doubleheader, and Tony Vazquez sparked a seventh-inning rally in a 3-2 squeaker in the second game to push the Broncos to 10-13 overall.

Townson used his best stuff to strike out a sensational 15 batters and allow just three hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk in the opener. He's now 4-3 on the season.

“They couldn't catch up to it, and he had a little bit of command on his curveball,” Holly Pond coach Brett Neal said of Townson's outing. “That helped him.”

Townson, Zac Naler, Mitchell Naler and Nick Chrietzberg all contributed a hit and an RBI.

The Broncos finally broke out of their offensive slumber in the fifth inning of the nightcap and made it a back-and-forth ballgame the rest of the way out.

With the score tied 2-2 entering the home half of the final frame, Vazquez got things going with a leadoff double and advanced to third on a grounder. After consecutive intentional walks to load the bases, Jake Harris closed on the contest on … cue the suspense … a walk-off walk.

Zac Naler (3-4) notched the win with four one-hit innings of relief following a three-inning start from Hunter Nelson. Naler K'd two, walked two and yielded one unearned run, while Nelson fanned one and was tagged for three hits, a run and a walk.

Nelson was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Vazquez and Mitchell Naler both had doubles, and Nathan Duke dished out a hit.

Holly Pond will test its 2-0 area record at J.B. Pennington next Tuesday.

 

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

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