Handley got a complete-game victory from sophomore Jordan Whaley and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 2-1 win over Valley in game on of Monday’s doubleheader between the two teams.
Whaley put together his second straight solid performance after he piloted a 5-2 win over Cleburne County last Tuesday.
Against Valley Whaley allowed one unearned run on four hits and four walks. That run scored in the top of seventh when shortstop Riley Owens and first baseman Casen Cummings couldn’t complete what would have been a game-ending double play. The low throw from Owens skipped out of Cummings’s glove and allowed a run to score to tie the game.
But Handley loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning before Owens scored the winning run on a wild pitch to batter Nate Pike.
Evan Cofield went 2-for-3 to account for two of Handley’s five hits in the game.
The good times did not continue in game two as Handley ended the night with a 9-5 loss to Valley.
Ty Fetner went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Owens and Brantley Richardson both went 2-for-4.
Fetner also came on in relief of starter Blayton Mangram and did not allow a run in 2 and 1/3 innings.
Handley enters the coronavirus-driven hiatus, which will last until at least April 6, with a record of 6-6.
Wadley drew 19 walks to go along with 10 hits as they blasted Loachapoka 20-5 last Tuesday in what could prove to be the Bulldogs’ final game of the season.
Wadley scored at least two runs in every inning of the five-inning contest.
Lakevian O’Neal and Jacob Marable both reached base on all five of their trips to the plate. O’Neal went 2-for-2 with three walks, three RBI and five runs scored, while Marable was 2-for-2 with a double, three walks and two RBI.
Beulah scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open what was a 2-run game and cruise to a 13-5 win over Woodland Friday.
Woodland trailed 6-2 going to the fifth, but Dale Robertson’s two-run, inside-the-park home run scored Brock Edwards and cut the lead to 6-4.
Robertson finished with two of Woodland’s six hits in the game as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Woodland goes into the coronavirus mandated break with a record of 5-5.
Dadeville swept a three-game series with RCHS Tuesday and Thursday of last week in the first (and possibly only) area series of the season for both teams.
RCHS lost game one in Wedowee 5-2, with a four-run sixth inning for Dadeville proving to be the difference in that game.
RCHS scored single runs in the first and fourth innings thanks to RBI by Alex Sheppard and Noah Turner. The Tigers had six hits in the game but struck out 18 times against Dadeville pitcher Thomas McKinley.
J.D. Till went 2-for-4 for RCHS, but he was the pitcher of record and took the loss on the mound.
Dadeville won another low-scoring affair, 3-1, in game two of the series Thursday.
RCHS got a run in the first on an RBI single by Sheppard, but the Tigers managed just two more hits the rest of the game against Dadeville pitcher Walker Spraggins.
Spraggins outdueled the Tiger trio of Braxton Daniel, Payne Stitcher and Nick Sims who combined to give up three earned runs on six hits and four walks.
RCHS fell behind 9-1 in Thursday’s series finale but nearly pulled off a stunning comeback before falling 11-10.
RCHS cut the lead to 9-3 with single runs in the third and fourth innings, then erupted for seven runs in the sixth to take a 10-9 lead.
But Dadeville pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth, and RCHS stranded runners at second and third in the seventh to lead to the final result.
Till, Sheppard and Joshua Burns had two hits apiece for RCHS, which fell to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in area play.