It took a rare feat by Kyle Clouse to secure South Fulton’s bragging rights win over Twin-Cities rival Fulton City.
Clouse got credit for both the pitching victory and the save when the Red Devils held off Fulton 11-8 in the first round of the Caleb Turner Classic at SFHS.
The South Fulton senior righthander dominated the first four innings on the hill, striking out seven and giving just two hits before switching to shortstop with his club comfortably up 11-0.
He was then summoned back to the mound though, when the Bulldogs rallied for eight runs against SF relievers JaQuay Garmon and Curtis Cathey over their final two at-bats and had the tying run at the plate.
Clouse fanned the final Fulton City hitter to lock up the victory, just the third of the season for the Big Red.
South Fulton (3-13) then lost a second game in the tourney, falling to Gleason 8-5.
In other games involving Obion County teams Thursday, Obion Central dropped its seventh straight in a 4-1 loss to Gosnell (Ark.), while Union City was blanked 5-0 by Henry County.
Action continues today in the CTC at South Fulton with Gleason playing Fulton City at 4, Lake County facing Gleason at 6 and SF battling Hickman County at 8. On Saturday, the Red Devils will play three times — vs. Fulton County at 10 a.m., against Hickman County at 2, and vs. Lake County at 4.
SF 11, Fulton City 8
Cody Tatum went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run to pace the Red Devils at the dish.
Austin Hazlewood singled three times and drove in two runs for the winners, while Ryan Prince doubled, tripled and scored twice. Garmon crossed the pay station two times.
Clouse, who got his first pitching win in four decisions and his first save, helped himself with a run-scoring single and two runs.
Gleason 8, SF 5
Clouse and Prince both went 2-for-4, each with a run scored and RBI. Cathey had two hits in three at-bats.
Chance Hamlin (1-2) took the mound setback after giving up five earned runs and 10 hits.
The contest was stopped in the fifth with Gleason batting via the 1:45 time rule set for the tourney.
Gosnell 4, OC 1
Central’s offensive struggles continued in its second loss of the season to their Arkansas visitors.
The Rebels (5-11) managed just five scattered singles and got their only run in the fourth when Colton Woodward got a base hit and ultimately crossed home plate.
Parker McMinn, Tanner Cary, Camden Napper and Ryan Tucker all also had singles for OC.
Mitch Arnett had two strikeouts and surrendered nine hits while being saddled with the pitching loss in a complete-game effort.
Henry Co. 5, UC 0
The Tornadoes stepped up in classification and 3A HC dropped them back to .500 (9-9).
UC was shut out despite getting seven hits.
Drake Parker and Joseph Shanks both doubled and each had a single, too. Caleb Long also had two hits, while Luke Searcy was responsible for the Twisters’ other safety.
Starter Andrew Thayer — the first of three Union City pitchers — was charged with the loss, having given up all five (four earned) Henry County runs.
Long and Parker followed Thayer for the hill and combined for 31⁄3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts between them.
UC begins a huge District 14A series Monday, hosting two-time league champion Greenfield at 6:30 p.m.
The two teams will then play again on Tuesday at 5 at G’field.
Published in The Messenger 4.13.12