The 9- and 10-year-old Holly Pond All-Star baseball team entered Monday's game against Corner without a loss in the Dizzy Dean state tournament, but the Broncos would suffer their first loss in falling 14-6.

"This was our biggest game of the year, and I think the boys might have come in a little nervous," Holly Pond head coach Kenneth Walker said after the loss. "When we were on defense, we weren't paying attention and watching the runners, and they were able to score some runs on us early.

"Our defensive mistakes caused the players to get down on themselves, and that affected their hitting, and it's hard to score if you're not hitting."

Jared Hyde led the Broncos at the plate with three hits in three at-bats, while Colby Adams went two-for-four and scored twice.

Cody Lacke, Braden Walker and Gunner Lemons each went two-for-three and scored a run, while Hunter Townson scored another run.

Mitchell Naler reached base with a double.

The Broncos played West Point in the second game of the night, but results for that game were not available at press time.


Cullman 25,

Adamsville 18

The Bearcats continued their run in the state tournament in Jasper by outscoring Adamsville Sunday afternoon.

"Our defense was not as good as it normally is, and we need to work harder at that," Cullman head coach Bobby Noles said. "They scored at least five runs in every inning except the last, but we had already beaten them mathematically, so the game ended before they could score more."

Adamsville outscored Cullman 6-5 in the first inning before Cullman returned the favor in the second inning for an 11-11 tie after two innings.

Cullman then scored seven in the third inning to Adamsville's six, and added seven more for the eight-run lead going into the bottom of the fourth and final inning.

Because Dizzy Dean rules allow only nine batters an inning in T-Ball, the seven-run lead in the final inning with two outs automatically gave Cullman the win.

Noles said he thought the weather might have affected the team's play.

"It was miserably hot without any wind or cloud cover," Noles said. "We just didn't play defense as well, and we made some errors."

Noles said one certain player came through in a big way for the offense.

"Jake McAfee hit three triples during the game, and they brought in two runs apiece," Noles said. "Without his six RBIs, it would've probably been a lot closer game.

"Adamsville is a good-hitting team, and they will last in the losers' bracket for a long time."

Cullman is now in the semifinals of the winners' bracket, and its next game is at 10 a.m. today against Gardendale.

"Gardendale is a good team, and so are both of the teams from Northport," Noles said. "We are all in the semifinals, so I guess you have to be good to make it this far."

11- and 12-year-old baseball

Holly Pond 15, Hayden 6

Randy Sparks' team started its Dizzy Dean state tournament in Jasper on a positive note with the nine-run win Saturday.

Zac Floyd, Thomas Hayes, Clancey Hyde and Zack Perkins each scored a run in the first inning, but the Broncos were unable to score again until the fourth inning.

The bases were loaded for Holly Pond when Hank Blocker was hit by a pitch and Brian Sparks, Blane Black and Taylor Tucker each walked to bring Blocker home.

Trent Shoemaker then brought two runners in with a single, and Hayes brought in two more with a double.

Two more runs would score before the end of the inning.

The Broncos would add four more runs in the fifth inning to secure the win and move on in the tournament.

Holly Pond fell to the Limestone County All-Stars Sunday by a final score of 10-0.

Two Limestone County pitchers combined for a perfect game.

"That team is a very strong team with very good pitching," Sparks said. "We will need to do a better job hitting in the next few games to win the tournament."

Holly Pond was scheduled to play Clay-Chalkville Monday night, but results were not available as of press time.

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