April 8, 2009 Edition

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Members of the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles baseball team include (front, from left): coach Gregg Cooper, Taylor Neeley, Travis Brady, Hunter Durham, Tyson Durham, Jordan Hunter, Marcus Huskey, Ryan Huskey; (back) David Pagan, Tyler Parker, Billy Brannon, Cameron Vaulner, Michael Spain, Derek Wooten, Robert Jones, Trenton Neeley, Donnie Fowler, Kyle Bristow, Trevor Morgan, Dylan Wooten and coach Andy Durham. Hillcrest won the 2009 Lawrence County Baseball Tournament by defeating Walnut Ridge 11-7 in the championship game on Saturday.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey

Hillcrest boys are county champs

Hillcrest's Marcus Huskey slides in safe as Bobcat Logan Gaither guards the base during the finals of the Lawrence County Baseball Tournament on Saturday. The Screamin' Eagles defeated Walnut Ridge 11-7 to win the championship.
Submitted Photo ~ Debbie Richey
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Hillcrest's offense exploded for eight runs in the final two innings, as the Screamin' Eagles rallied to defeat Walnut Ridge 11-7 in the championship game of the 2009 Lawrence County Baseball Tournament Saturday at Strawberry. The loss ended Walnut Ridge's run of 13 consecutive county tournament titles.

Hillcrest got on the scoreboard first, with two runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead.

Walnut Ridge's Paul Rainwater tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Bobcats then capitalized on Hillcrest errors to plate two more runs in the inning for a 4-2 lead.

Hillcrest closed to within 4-3 with a single run in the fourth inning.

Walnut Ridge extended their lead to 7-3 with three runs in the fifth inning.

The Screamin' Eagles tied the game with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and added four more in the seventh to grab an 11-7 lead.

Dylan Wooten, pitching in relief of starter Derek Wooten, held the Bobcats scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn the win.

Derek Wooten started on the mound for Hillcrest and allowed three earned runs on just two hits in five and two-thirds innings. Dylan Wooten came in and recorded the final out of the sixth inning with the bases loaded.

For Walnut Ridge, Brandon Dawson started on the mound and pitched six innings, allowing six runs, four of which were unearned. Paul Rainwater took the loss in relief.

Hillcrest had 10 hits on the day. Jordan Hunter and Kyle Bristow each had three hits and an RBI. Tyler Parker, Trevor Morgan, Michael Spain and Dylan Wooten each had a hit.

For Walnut Ridge, Rainwater had a hit and two RBIs and Logan Gaither had a hit and scored two runs.

Hillcrest improved to 13-2 on the season, while Walnut Ridge fell to 14-4.


Hillcrest earned their spot in the finals by defeating Sloan-Hendrix 10-0 in a semifinal contest on Saturday afternoon.

Hunter led the Eagles at the plate, batting 2-for-3, including a home run. Derek Wooten added two hits.

Michael Spain pitched a two-hitter and recorded six strikeouts to earn the win.

In the other semifinal, Walnut Ridge defeated Hoxie 5-3, as Gaither batted 3-for-4, with a home run and two doubles.

With Walnut Ridge leading 4-0 in the third inning, Hoxie's Joseph Richardson doubled, and then scored on a double by Cade Crisler. Crisler scored on a passed ball to cut the Bobcats' lead to 4-2.

Each team added an additional run, as Walnut Ridge held on to record the win.

Hoxie ~ BR

Hoxie and Black Rock opened the tournament on Friday, with the Mustangs earning a 12-1 win to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

Garret Hart led the Mustangs, going 3-for-3, including two doubles. Justin Weitkamp had two hits. Crisler had a bases-loaded double for three RBIs. Blake Snow and Blaine Middlecoff each had a hit.

Richardson was the winning pitcher.

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats baseball team finished as runners-up in the 2009 Lawrence County Baseball Tournament Saturday at Strawberry. Team members include (front, from left): Matt Wall, Rob Rainwater, Clay Hufstedler, Kyle Johnson, Paul Rainwater, Heath Kennedy, Zach Carson, Teague Phillips, William Wilcoxson, Jeb Bridges; (back) coach Derek Bramlett, Tyler Dickson, Chris Dickson, Brandon Dawson, Luke Holloway, Curtis Jackson, Logan Gaither, John-Scott Kelley, Jake Smith, coach Jacob Kersey and coach Matt Dillon.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey

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