The Scottsboro baseball team started Class 5A Area 15 play on a strong note.
Reed Latimer had five RBIs and Christian Herberholz pitched a three-hitter as the Wildcats run-ruled host Guntersville 12-1 in five innings on Tuesday.
Scottsboro (7-5, 1-0) hosts Guntersville (7-10, 0-1) for a doubleheader today starting at 4:30 p.m. Today’s second game does not count in the area standings but would serve as a tiebreaker should the teams finish the season tied in the area standings.
On Tuesday, the Wildcats took charge with a four-run second inning before adding one run in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Latimer closed 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and five RBIs for Scottsboro while Ethan Wininger was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Lane Pitts was 2-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and three runs scored. Scottsboro also got two RBIs from Peyton Grant and singles from Camden Matthews and Dalton Wood. Kyle Murphy walked three times and scored three runs and Landon Grider scored two runs.
Herberholz allowed one run on three hits and one walk while recording eight strikeouts while improving to 3-0 on the mound this season.
Section 13, Ider 0 — At Ider, Taylor Payne pitched a one-hitter as the Lions opened Class 2A Area 16 play with a victory.
Payne recorded nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter for Section (3-3, 1-0), which hosts Ider (3-5, 0-1) today starting at 4:30 p.m. to close out the teams’ area series.
The Lions opened up a 4-0 lead after three innings before scoring six in the fourth and three in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule.
Cole Woods finished 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs for Section while Blake Henry went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Drake McCutchen and Wiley McCutchen (RBI) had two hits each for the Lions, Trevier Porter hit a two-run homer and Payne, Jacob Gentry, Layne White (RBI) and Johnathan Carroll had one hit each.
North Jackson 14, South Pittsburg (Tenn.) 4 — At Stevenson, the Class 4A No. 6-ranked Chiefs scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning to erase a four-run deficit en route to mercy-rule shortened win Tuesday night.
Brandon Poole (RBI) and Jordan Eakin (two RBIs) had three hits each for the Chiefs while Jody Moore (three RBIs) and Deshawn Ware (four RBIs) had two hits each. Carter Gass had one hit and two RBIs while Landon Barnes had one RBI.
Gass recorded eight strikeouts over five innings to get the win on the mound. John Matthews struck out two in one inning of relief.
Fyffe 10, NSM 3 — At Higdon, North Sand Mountain fell to No. 4-ranked Fyffe in the teams’ Class 2A Area 16 opener.
Drake Holland finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for NSM (0-5, 0-1) while Russ Marr went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Dylan Marr had a single and an RBI while Landon Green and Jayden Culpepper both singled.
Asbury 14, Woodville 9 — At Woodville, visiting Asbury scored nine runs over the final two innings to rally past the Panthers.
Blake Lands went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI while Camron Talley had an RBI triple and Landon Boggs had one hit and two RBIs.
Richard Hardy (Tenn.) 12, Woodville 5 — At Woodville, visiting Richard Hardy built a 5-2 lead after three innings en route to the win.
Josh Drawbaugh went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI for Woodville (0-7) while Brice Thompson and Ben Minor both singled.
North Jackson 13, South Pittsburg (Tenn.) 7 — At South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Brandon Poole hit three home runs and drove in seven runs as the Class 4A No. 6-ranked Chiefs defeated its state-line rival.
Poole also doubled, walked and scored five runs for the Chiefs.
North Jackson built a 6-0 lead after two innings, but South Pittsburg rallied to tie the game with a run in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth. The Chiefs regained the lead in the top of the sixth on Poole’s solo home run. North Jackson added on in the seventh when John Matthews hit RBI single, Poole hit a three-run double and Jody Moore hit an RBI single.
Matthews finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Moore was 3-for-5 with an RBI while Carter Gass and Landon Barnes had two hits each. Jordan Eakin had a two-run single and Deshawn Ware singled and scored a run.