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Middle school baseball team sweeps season-opening tourney

SoVaNow.com / March 23, 2009
The HCMS baseball team swept to its season-opening tournament title Saturday, defeating Northern, Vance and Tunstall at the Day Complex.

The Lions (3-0) downed Tunstall in the title game.

“Everybody played phenominal. It was key hits and perfect baserunning. We ended up with three home runs on the day,” said Regan Priest, the head coach.

Priest said the Lions got solid pitching, including Rufus Jeffress in the first game. Justin Womack hurled a shutout in the second game.

Then, in the third game, the Lions used three pitchers, Seth Elliott, Ryan Powell and Thomas Cole, en route to the title against Tunstall.

Recapping the highlights of the action at the Day Complex: HCMS rapped 11 hits and cruised to an 11-3 win over Northern MS. The big inning came in the second, a ten-run, seven-hit bonanza.

Rufus Jeffress went one-for-four in the leadoff spot, with two RBI. Nick Anderson went 2-for-2 with a run scored, and Seth Elliott was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Trey Crews went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Stephens went one-for-one with two runs batted in and two runs scored.

Anderson hit two doubles, while Stephens had a two-run homer in the second.

R. Jeffress got the win, working three innings. He fanned three, walked one, allowed one hit, and no runs allowed. Ryan Yates and Avery Anderson finished up. Yates had one strikeout, with two walks and one hit allowed. Yates was charged with one unearned run. Anderson fanned one, walked one and gave up two hits. He allowed two earned runs.

-- Halifax defeated Vance Middle School, 11-0, in the second game.

Womack had an outstanding mound effort, as he got the five-inning win. He fanned five, allowed one walk, five hits and no earned runs.

HCMS finished with 12 hits, sparked by a 3-for-4, four RBI outing from Anderson. Elliott went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Ryan Yates went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Anderson had a triple and Yates doubled.

-- HCMS routed Tunstall in the title game, 15-0.

HCMS belted 11 hits, including a solo homer from Jeffress in the first inning and a three-run blast from Yates in the fifth.

Jeffress went 2-for-3, two RBI outing from Jeffress, batting leadoff. N.

Anderson was two-for-three with two RBI and three runs scored.

Yates had a mammoth 4-for-4 outing, with five RBI and two runs scored.

Elliott got the win, fanning two and allowing one hit and no earned runs in three innings of work. Ryan Powell and Thomas Cole finished up.

The Lions meet Park View at home today, followed by another home contest with Dan River Wednesday.

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