When South Fulton finally broke out, the Red Devils did so with a bang.
After eight straight losses to open the season, SF won for the first time in 2012 in a resounding 16-0 romp over Carlisle County Friday.
The Redmen exploded for eight first-inning runs and never looked back in smashing the Comets.
Equally as important, South Fulton did not make a fielding or throwing error — that shortcoming having contributed to several of its earlier losses.
In other diamond results, Obion Central placed second among five teams in the annual St. Jude Classic, beating McKenzie 13-4 Saturday after losing to Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) 6-0 on Friday.
The Rebels, who whipped Lake County on Thursday, finished the three-day event at Elam Stadium with a 2-1 record, behind only Westview, which won all three of its games.
Union City finished play in the Huntingdon Invitational with a 2-1 record as well, losing to Camden 7-3 and then rallying past Adamsville 7-5 in a pair of Friday games.
Each of the three local entries opens a two-game series in their respective districts today — South Fulton at Greenfield, Obion Central at home vs. Westview and Union City visiting Lake County.
SF 16, Carlisle Co. 0
Kyle Clouse drove in five runs with a triple and a single and scored twice to pace an 11-hit Red Devil attack Friday afternoon.
Cody Tatum went 2-for-4 with a triple, drove in three and scored two times, while Chance Hamlin had two singles, a run scored and a RBI.
Austin Hazlewood had a two-run double, Curtis Cathey reached in four at-bats and circled the bases on three occasions and Cory Pinion scored two times in the victors’ happy occasion.
Ryan Prince squared his pitching record at 1-1 with four shutout innings that included eight strikeouts, no walks and just two hits allowed. Hazlewood closed it with a scoreless fifth.
OC 13, McKenzie 4
The Rebels banged out 15 hits Saturday and moved back over the .500 mark with their fifth win in nine outings.
Brady Chandler had three of those safeties and scored three times to pace OC, which scored four in the first and never looked back.
Mitch Arnett singled and doubled and drove in two runs, Blake Berner singled twice and had two ribbies, and Tanner Cary had two hits, including a double.
Camden Napper and Colton Woodward both singled twice to aid the cause.
Arnett, Parker McMinn and Ryan Tucker scored two times each.
Austin Carter (2-1) relieved Cary in the second and got credit for the pitching victory.
O-Cath 6, OC 0
The Rebels could muster but four scattered singles in falling Friday night.
McMinn, Chandler, Woodward and Trey Phipps were responsible for those hits.
Napper was tagged with the mound loss.
UC 7, Adamsville 5
The Tornadoes (5-7) rallied for three runs in the sixth to win a back-and-fourth matchup with A’ville.
Drew Cooley drove in the tie-breaking tally with a single and UC then added an insurance run when Travis Rutland walked with the bases loaded.
Drake Parker then struck out two of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the frame to preserve the pitching win for Rutland, who gave up two runs in three innings after following starter Clay Treece (three runs in two innings) to the mound.
Luke Searcy went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Union City, while Parker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Camden 7, UC 3
The Lions scored in five of their seven at-bats and two pitchers allowed Union City just four hits.
Joseph Shanks and Luke Searcy made up all of the Tornadoes’ offense, each going 2-for-4. Shanks doubled, singled and drove in a run, while Searcy had two singles.
Eric Moore was charged with five runs (four earned) in 52⁄3 innings to receive the pitching loss.
Published in The Messenger 4.2.12