The Stanhope Elmore baseball team hosted four games on Saturday, starting with a cross-county matchup with Holtville. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead after two innings but the Mustangs came storming back, scoring seven runs in the final three innings for the victory.
Stanhope batted around in the fifth inning, cutting the lead to 6-5 after RBIs from DJ McGhee, Bradley Dobbs and Chase Eddings. The Mustangs could not grab anything in the sixth inning but brought the heart of their lineup up in bottom of the seventh.
Nate Hodge led off the inning by reaching base after being hit by a pitch and scored the game-tying run on a single from Sully Stevens. Two batters later, Trey Dunn singled to right to score McGhee for the winning run.
Dunn also threw a complete game on the mound, striking out seven batters and allowing zero earned runs. He threw first-pitch strikes to 26 of the 33 batters he faced.
Stanhope finished the day with an 8-7 loss to Alabama Christian. The Mustangs held a 6-2 lead after two innings but could not hang on as they fell to 1-4 on the season.
Holtville (3-2) responded to the loss to Stanhope by defeated Jeff Davis 12-6 behind a big day at the plate from Drew Nobles. He was 3-for-4 from the plate, singling three times and reaching on a hit by pitch.
Nobles and Mikey Forney each scored three runs while six other Bulldogs recorded one run each. Chapelle Washam reached base all four times at the plate, scoring once and knocking in two runs.
Stanhope, Holtville record first losses of the season
The Stanhope Elmore softball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday with a 2-1 defeat to Central-Phenix City during the second day of the Sidney Cooper Invitational in Columbus over the weekend. The Mustangs got five strong innings from Harleigh Anderson in the circle but lost on a walk-off single by Central’s Kyleigh McHargue.
The Mustangs (3-1) defeated Marbury, Enterprise and Chilton County during the two-day event. Neci King got two victories after pitching 11 innings and allowing just four earned runs while striking out eight batters.
Morgan Carroll finished the weekend with 10 runs batted in across the four games and had a batting average of .538. Megan Smith reached base eight times and scored four runs in 13 plate appearances.
Holtville also lost for the first time this season, running into two-time defending Sidney Cooper champions Spain Park. KK Dismukes allowed 11 hits and five earned runs across five innings in the loss.
It was not all bad news for the Bulldogs during the tournament. The team defeated Moody, Dale County and Smiths Station to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Dismukes got the win in the opener after striking out 10 and allowing three runs across six innings against Moody. She appeared in each of Holtville’s games, pitching 15 total innings and striking out 17 batters.
Brooke Cooper did the rest of the work in the circle for the Bulldogs. She pitched 11 innings without allowing an earned run and recorded the win in a 1-0 victory over Dale County.