HHS fights for area series win; playoff chancesPublished 3:36pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Holtville baseball team bounced off the ropes and countered to a 2-1 series win over Class 4A, Area 6 foe Tallassee to keep their playoff fight alive.
Coming in winning off an area sweep over Elmore County, the Tigers drew first blood from the Bulldogs with a 6-4 victory at Holtville Friday night.
“A lot of things that happened that were pretty uncharacteristic of what we normally do,” HHS head coach Kevin Hall said of Friday. “I wanted to be honest about the situation we were in; our backs are against the wall, and we can’t afford no more mistakes like that.”
But Saturday in Tallassee, Holtville regrouped and took both games, 3-0 and 13-5, to remain a game-and-a-half behind Tallassee for the coveted second spot in the area standings.
“Saturday, they acted like there was no pressure on them, even though the season was kind of on the line,” Hall said. “They were calm and relaxed, having a good time all 14 innings.
“It was a whole different club–that’s the club we’re expecting for the next two to four years. We still had some errors, but a lot of good things happened. Big hits, key hits, things that were finally falling into place.”
Led by sophomore leadoff hitter, Ty Hall batted in four of the six runs he had in the series during the doubleheader, including a home run.
“We’ve been working the past two weeks on staying relaxed and not doing too much,” Kevin Hall said. “He’s got some pop, it’s just learning how to channel it and not try to hit home run every time. So it was good to see that.
“He had some good at-bats, and others behind him had some good ones.”
In the 3-0 win, the Dawgs capitalized on just four hits, while sophomore Brandon Dunn threw a complete game, allowing just three Tallassee hits in the shutout.
The bats packed a lot of punch in the rubber match. HHS garnered 13 runs on 10 hits. Ty Hall had four RBIs, Hunter Davis added three RBIs, while Zach Davis and Gray Geddie each batted in two runs. Senior Dalton Speigner picked up the win on the mound, giving up one run in 3.2 innings.
Kevin Hall said he gained confident in his young team in their response to the adversity it faced over the weekend.
“I feel good about the them now, they’re going to be ready to play,” he said. “It was a big time learning experience, and they answered it big time Saturday.”
The Bulldogs (10-10, 5-4) step out of area play as they host Thorsby todat 4 p.m.