Tigers finish spring break with eight wins
The 6A top-ranked Tigers won eight games during their spring break to improve to 23-4. They defeated teams from four different states in the eight-game win streak.
Hartselle 9, Sparkman 0
Isaac Nicholson pitched a three-hit shutout on the road at 7A Sparkman to propel the Tigers to a 9-0 win. He struck out eight in picking up the complete-game win.
Peyton Steele was two-for-four with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Tigers at the plate. Cade Miles finished one-for-two with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored.
Hartselle 8, Sparkman 6
Hartselle scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to complete the doubleheader sweep over Sparkman.
Coleman Mizell finished three-for-five with a home run, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Tigers’ offense. Elliott Bray was three-for-three with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Brodie Morrow, Miles, Eli Tidwell and JoJo Williamson each had two hits and a run scored.
After tossing four innings of relief, Jack Smith picked up the win, allowing two earned runs and two hits while striking out three.
Steele started the game and gave up one run in two innings of work. Tidwell pitched two innings, giving up two runs and one hit.
Hartselle 14, New Trier (IL) 4
The Tigers opened the Warriors Spring Classic with a 14-4 win over New Trier, Illinois. Hartselle scored runs in every inning of the six-inning game, including six in the fifth inning.
Brant Stringer allowed three earned runs and two hits in picking up the win.
Greyson Howard earned the save after pitching 4.2 innings in relief. He allowed no runs and two hits while striking out four.
Mizell was three-for-four with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored, while Howard was three-for-four with two doubles and an RBI. Williamson was three-for-four with a double, four runs scored and two RBIs. Tidwell had a home run, an RBI and a run scored.
Hartselle 7, Oakland (TN) 6
Hartselle battled back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 7-6 win over Oakland, Tennessee, on their home field. The Tigers scored five runs in the fifth and single runs in the sixth and seventh to get the win.
William Turner got the win in relief of Caleb Pittman, who started the game. Turner allowed three hits and no runs in three innings of work while striking out six. Pittman allowed six runs on six hits while striking out 10 in four innings.
Cam Palahach finished two-for-three with a double, two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Tigers. Mizell was two-for-three with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Tidwell had a double and two RBIs.
Hartselle 3, Briarcrest Christian (TN) 1
Bray pitched a completed game, allowing one run and two hits over seven innings in the Tigers’ 3-1 win over Briarcrest Christian, the fifth-ranked team in Division II-AA.
Mizell was one-for-three with three RBIs and a run scored. Williamson was two-for-three with a run scored. Morrow had a hit, while Steele had a run scored.
Hartselle 3, Zionsville (IN) 0
Smith and Tidwell combined to shut out Zionsville, Indiana 3-0 in the Tigers’ second game of day two at the Warriors Spring Classic. Smith got the start and pitched four scoreless innings, striking out seven. After pitching three innings of relief, Tidwell earned the save, allowing two hits while striking out six.
Bray was 1-2 with two RBIs to lead Hartselle. Steele, Howard and Walker Hoyle each scored for the Tigers.
Hartselle 5, Silver Creek (IN) 0
Turner picked up his second win of the week by tossing a complete-game four-hitter in the Tigers’ 5-0 win over Silver Creek. He finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
Miles was two-for-two with a run scored, while Steele had a hit and two RBIs. Morrow and Howard also had RBIs for Hartselle, while Tidwell, Williamson, Mizell and Palahach scored runs.
Hartselle 7, Clarksville (TN) 1
Nicholson tossed his second complete game of the week in Hartselle’s 7-1 win over Clarksville. He gave up one run on five hits while striking out three.
Bray was one-for-two with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Tigers. Mizell and Morrow finished two-for-three, with Mizell scoring a run. Steele had a home run and an RBI, while Tidwell and Williamson each had a hit and an RBI.