The Handley Tigers continued their midseason surge with a big series win over area foe Elmore County last week. The Tigers then followed that up by winning two of their next three to get their record to 8-9.
The most crucial of those wins came Tuesday and Thursday against Elmore County. By winning the area series Handley owns the tiebreaker against Elmore and could potentially secure a playoff spot with a sweep of Booker T. Washington in next week’s three-game series.
Handley gained the upper hand in the Elmore County series with Tuesday’s 8-6 victory in Roanoke.
The Tigers got off to an ideal start in that game as they posted five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. That momentum was short-lived, however, as they turned around and allowed five runs in the top of the second to tie things back up.
But Handley pushed across single runs in the second, third and fifth innings to regain the advantage and come away with the win.
Jaxon Whaley went 3-for-4 with a double and Riley Owens and Hayden Daniel had two RBI apiece as Handley made the most of its eight hits.
Whaley also picked up the win on the mound as he allowed just one earned run on five hits over six and a third innings and recorded eight strikeouts.
Cagan Hamby got the final two outs in the seventh to earn the save.
Elmore County 7, Handley 2
Elmore County evened the series with a 7-2 win in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Elmore County.
Elmore County broke open a 3-2 contest with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Handley managed just three hits, singles by Jaxon Whaley, Hayden Daniel and Evan Cofield.
Brantley Richardson allowed two earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work on the mound but was shouldered with loss.
Handley 19, Elmore County 7
Handley’s offense came to life with a 14-hit, 19-run outburst in the decisive game three victory against Elmore County Thursday.
Riley Owens personified that outburst as he went 4-for-5 with a pair of double and nine RBI. Evan Cofield went 2-for-4 and drove home two runs, while Nate Pike was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Jaxon Whaley and Cagan Hamby added two hits apiece for the Tigers.
Logan Smith and Hamby were the beneficiaries of all those runs, and Hamby got the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Handley followed the Elmore series with an 8-2 loss to Benjamin Russell Friday, but bounced back for an 8-7 win over Weaver and a 9-6 victory over Lawrence County in the Choccolocco Park spring tournament in Oxford Monday.
Handley will be back in action Monday against Ranburne before starting its area series with Booker T. Washington Tuesday.