The Scottsboro varsity baseball team's 2020 season started on a tough note against a Class 7A school.
James Clemens swept the Wildcats 19-0, 3-1 in a doubleheader in Madison on Saturday.
Jess Smith made his debut as Scottsboro head coach, coaching against a team led by the coach he played for in high school at Fort Payne, Johnny Johnson
Scottsboro managed just five hits in the opener.
Ethan Wininger finished 2-for-3 for the Wildcats while Gavin McCrary, Tanner Barclay and Kyle Murphy had one hit each. Tallen Williams drew a walk.
James Clemens built a 2-0 after three innings in Game 2, but Scottsboro pulled within one run in to top of the sixth when Tanner Barclay walked and his courtesy runner, Landon Grider, scored on an RBI double by Camden Matthews. The Jets countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth and retired Scottsboro in order in the seventh to close out the win.
Wininger and Sam Bryant both went 2-for-3 for Scottsboro. Barclay pitched six innings for the Wildcats, allowing just three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks while recording three strikeouts.
Guntersville 6, North Jackson 5 — At Guntersville, the Chiefs dropped their season opener on Friday, falling to Guntersville in extra innings.
The teams traded runs in the first and third innings before North Jackson took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. Guntersville countered with a run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth before North Jackson forced extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh. Macklin Guess was hit by a pitch to start the top of the seventh and ultimately scored the tying run on Matt Adams' RBI groundout.
The game was tied 5-all in the bottom of the ninth inning when Kade Wilson doubled to drive in the game-winning run for Guntersville.
Ray Ray Sanders finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for North Jackson while Adams, Jody Moore, Landon Barnes and Carson Smith had one hit each. Barnes, Guess and Carter Gass also walked and scored a run and Brandon Poole scored a run.
Five North Jackson pitchers combined for seven strikeouts.