The Holtville baseball team started area play with two huge victories against Booker T. Washington last week. The Bulldogs exploded for a season-high in runs while getting a perfect pitching performance on the mound from Drew Nobles.
Holtville (10-4) scored 10 runs in the first inning, including two-run singles from Chappelle Washam, Payton Coburn and Todd Wilson. Nobles took the mound in the first inning with a 10-run lead and the Bulldogs were in cruise mode from there.
They added nine more runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 19-0 win in five innings. Washam, Coburn and Wilson each finished with three RBIs and every Holtville player in the lineup finished with at least two runs.
Nobles needed only 45 pitches to get through five perfect innings. He struck out 11 batters and got two groundouts and two flyouts to earn his fourth victory of the season.
The Bulldogs got their second area win two days later when they hosted BTW. Washam pitched five scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing just three hits.
Washam also added four RBIs at the plate as Holtville ran to a 16-0 victory. Mikey Forney and Hunter Martin each scored three times in the win.
The Bulldogs will return from the break with a chance to clinch the regular season area title. They have two games against Class 4A No. 10 Elmore County next week before starting a series against Handley the following Tuesday.
Stanhope sweeps Selma to start area play
Stanhope Elmore ended a six-game losing streak last week with three wins against Selma to begin play in Class 6A Area 5. The Mustangs scored 10-plus runs in all three games, including a season-high 16 runs in the opener on the road.
Alex Johnson finished a home run shy of the cycle and knocked in four runs as Stanhope won 16-4 at Selma. He was one of seven Mustangs to record multiple hits in the victory and led the team with three runs scored.
Bradley Dobbs had a home run and a triple in the victory. Leadoff batter DJ McGhee had three hits and three RBIs for the Mustangs.
Stanhope (8-14) returned home for a doubleheader against Selma on Thursday. Nate Hodge led the way for the offense, finishing with three hits including a three-run homer in the first inning.
The Mustangs took advantage of three key fielding errors by Selma, leading to three unearned runs in the 11-8 victory in the first game.
Stanhope finished off the sweep with 12 runs on just six hits across three innings before the game was called in favor of the Mustangs. Jackson Floyd pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five without allowing a hit for his first victory of the season.