County schools kick off 2014 with tournament

Published 5:01pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Holtville, Wetumpka, Elmore County and Tallassee junior varsity baseball teams kicked off their 2014 seasons on the first night of the Elmore County JV baseball tournament at Holtville Monday night.

Holtville's Lane Lankford fields a groundball against Tallassee Monday. Photo by Cory Diaz
Holtville’s Lane Lankford fields a groundball against Tallassee Monday. Photo by Cory Diaz

The Indians won the tourney’s first contest, a 14-2 victory against Elmore County. The Panthers backed up its opening loss with a 10-8 win over Tallassee, who dropped its second contest of the night to host Holtville 9-1 in the nightcap.
Wetumpka got to ECHS pitcher Chase Motes early and often, scoring 11 runs in the first four innings and never looked back. The Panthers added two late runs.
Against Tallassee, Elmore County exploded for seven runs in the top of the second, playing all of its runs with two outs. After they loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, the Tigers delivered four runs in the home half of the second to cut the deficit to 7-4.
In the next half inning, ECHS tallied two more runs to take a 9-4 advantage. Tristian Franklin entered the game to pitch for the Panthers in the third and held Tallassee to four runs the rest of the way as Elmore County held to win 10-8.
Zach Dowis hit 3-for-7 at the plate, while Skyler Sanders, Nathan Taylor, Tyric Belyeu and Cody Watson went 2-for-5 on the night for ECHS.
The Bulldogs, playing the late game, came out fast versus the Tigers. Lane Lankford pitched six innings, allowing only one run. In the first three frames offensively, Holtville plated eight runs, four in the first and three in the second and one in the third. Josh Lanier and Zachary Weldon each had a two-run single to pace HHS’s attack. Lankford batted in a run at a dish.
Tournament play resumed Tuesday and runs through tonight. Check back with The Wetumpka Herald for updates.

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