Logan Smith

Handley pitcher Logan Smith takes aim at the plate in the Tigers' loss to Opelika last week.

The Woodland Bobcats displayed some potent offense in a doubleheader sweep of Faith Christian and Cornerstone Saturday.

First the Bobcats took on Faith Christian High School and won 21-9 in six innings.

The score was not surprising because the Bobcat’s bats were on fire. Woodland racked up 18 hits, which included five doubles and four home runs.

Dalton Bolan led the Bobcats with five hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs. Eli Rollins added a grand slam, and Benji Whitmore went 2-or-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Mick Bailey, Dale Robertson and Jackson Lovvorn all had multiple hits.

In the night cap the Woodland Bobcats also had a spectacular performance against Cornerstone High School. The Bobcats needed just five innings to win 12-2 and earn their third victory of the season.

Rollins picked up the complete game victory on the mound and accumulated nine strikeouts and no walks, and only allowed two runs (both earned) as Woodland played errorless defense.

Ethan Copeland hit a three-run home run in the first inning to give Woodland a 3-2 lead. The Bobcats then scored seven runs in the second inning to build an 11-2 advantage. RBI hits by Bolan, Rollins and Brock Edwards helped fuel that seven-run second inning.

Woodland's next game is scheduled for Wednesday at Clay Central.

RCHS

The Randolph County Tigers trailed Wellborn 3-0 until the fourth inning when Noah Turner, Jace Dunn, and Jake Smith chalked up five RBI’s on three hits.

At the end of the fifth inning, following hits from Jace Dunn, Alex Sheppard, Bryson Laney, J.D. Till, and Braxton Daniel, the RCHS lead grew to 12-5.

RCHS scored three more runs by the end of the game, and the Tigers would go on to have their first taste of victory this season winning 15-7 over Wellborn.

By the end of the game RCHS had accumulated 14 hits. Hagan Bailey and Jace Dunn both had three hits apiece to lead the Tigers offense. RCHS pitchers Braxton Daniel, J.D. Till, Nick Sims, and Noah Turner combined to strike out five batters and allowed seven hits.

Their record now stands at 1-1 on the season. RCHS's next game is scheduled for Friday at home against the Woodland Bobcats.

Handley

The Handley Tigers are still seeking their first victory after a doubleheader over the weekend handed them two more losses. Handley moves to 0-3 on the season. 

The Tigers' first game Saturday pitted them against the Beauregard Hornets. Handley couldn’t stop the Hornets offense and fell 9-2. The three pitchers for the Tigers, Jordan Whaley, Caleb Burns, and Blayton Mangrum, racked-up five strikeouts. Evan Cofield and Riley Owens both tallied hits at the plate. The score would have been much closer if it wasn’t for a grand slam by Trey Watson to tack four runs onto their lead. 

Handley’s second game of the day saw the Tigers playing the Opelika Bulldogs. This game was similar to the first game of the day, and Handley lost 10-0 in the fifth inning.

Handley’s pitching trio consisted of Logan Smith and Brantley Richardson pitching for most of the game, and Allen Exum relief pitching in the final inning. They totaled five strikeouts and four walks. 

We spoke to coach Tyler Hall about this weekend’s games and how practice will look the following week before their March 2nd matchup against Clay Central. 

“We’ve just sat the players down and asked if they want to play. What’s their purpose for doing these drills? The biggest thing is find nine guys who want to play baseball,” he said.

On practice this week Hall said, “Every player has gotten at least 200 swings in the cage. We’re throwing live pitching in the cages. There hasn’t been much talking this week. We’re doing a lot of work to get where we want to be.”

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