|Central opens season in style
|Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 pm
|It was a good opening day for Obion Central.
Not so for South Fulton.
The Rebels won their season-opening baseball game on Monday with a 12-4 victory over Dresden, while South Fulton was the victim of a Gleason rally in an 8-7 loss.
Both teams — along with Union City — are back in action today.
OC plays host to a second Weakley County foe when Gleason comes calling, SF plays at Ballard Memorial and Union City opens its 2012 slate with a home game against South Gibson.
Central 12, Dresden 4
The Rebels spotted Dresden a three-run lead in the first, but went ahead with a three-run fifth and then put the contest away with six tallies in the sixth.
Trey Phipps smacked a two-run homer and had a triple to pace OC offensively.
Tanner Cary singled twice and scored twice and Parker McMinn reached base four times with three walks and a single, scoring three times.
Camden Napper contributed a double to the winning cause.
Austin Carter relieved Phipps in the fifth and got credit for the pitching victory with a scoreless three-inning stint. He allowed just one hit and struck out a batter during his time on the mound.
Phipps fanned five in his four frames.
Gatlin Hatchel and Logan Thomas had two hits apiece for Dresden.
Gleason 8, SF 7
The Red Devils were done in by their own mistakes as all four errors they committed came in the bottom of the sixth, when Gleason put together its game-winning comeback.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, played error-free ball.
Austin Hazlewood went 3-for-4 with three RBI to led SF at the plate. Kendall Greer drove in three runs, too, with a pair of hits, including a double.
Zack Vaughn smacked a solo home run, while Chance Hamlin doubled.
Curtis Cathey was the hard-luck loser pitcher after he relieved starter Ryan Prince to start the sixth. Only one of the three runs charged to Cathey was earned.
Prince whiffed seven and gave up six hits in five frames.
Thomas Fowler was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, scoring four times and driving in two more, to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
Conner Verdell was 2-for-4 with a double, knocking in three runs and scoring once, while Chase Ezell, Blake Taylor and Will Clark all had two hits for the ’Dogs.
Published in The Messenger 3.13.12