The Scottsboro baseball team gave its new head coach a winning debut on Tuesday.

The Wildcats opened up a 6-1 lead after two innings and went on for a 10-4 season-opening victory over visiting Fort Payne in Blake Talley’s first game as Scottsboro head coach. 

“It’s good to get the first one out of the way,” Talley said. “Energy, effort and attitude is three things I preach and we had all of three of those [Tuesday].”

Scottsboro outhit Fort Payne 12-3 and pitchers Riley Bennett and Caleb Potts combined for 15 strikeouts on the mound. The Wildcats did commit five errors, a sore spot for Talley.

“Some of it you could say was not being on the field for a week [because of rain] but some of it was just mental errors,” he said. “They’re eager to improve that.”

Scottsboro took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Montevallo signee Reed Latimer singled and scored on a Fort Payne error, which was followed by Bennett’s RBI double and Ethan Wininger’s RBI ground out. 

The Wildcats pushed their lead to 6-1 in the second when Grey Dixson singled and scored on an Fort Payne error, Latimer and Brody Hyde scored on Bennett’s two-run single. The Wildcats added another run in the third on Peyton Grant’s RBI and before Tennessee Tech signee hit a two-run homer and Kyle Murphy hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Grant and Dixson finished 3-for-4 while Bennett was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Murphy 2-for-4 with one RBI. 

On the mound, Bennett struck out seven over three innings while Pitts struck out eight over four innings.


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