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Shelton, Hawkins hit home runs in New Hope's win vs. Starkville

 

From Special Reports

 

Jared Shelton and Dillon Hawkins each had three hits and home runs Tuesday night to lead the New Hope High School baseball team to a 12-6 victory against Starkville at Trojan Field. 

 

Shelton''s grand slam in a five-run fifth inning helped New Hope (3-0) take the lead for good after it trailed 4-0 after three and a half innings. 

 

Hawkins hit his home run in a three-run sixth inning. Both players scored three runs. 

 

Kameron Bryan and Dusty Dyson had the other hits for the Trojans. 

 

Peyton Lee started and went 4 1/3 innings for New Hope. He allowed five hits and two earned runs, struck out nine and walked one. Taylor Stafford earned the win in relief. He allowed three hits and struck out six. 

 

Starkville (2-1) scored single runs in the first and third innings. It built its lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the fourth. The Yellow Jackets walked nine and struck out 11. 

 

Hayden Higginbotham took the loss in relief of starter Nick Brooks. 

 

The Yellow Jackets also committed three errors. 

 

Blake Dawkins and Nathan Pugh each had two hits, while Jordan Allgood had a double for Starkville, which will play host to Meridian at 6 p.m. Friday. 

 

n Heritage Academy 16, Canton Academy 6: At Columbus, James Clark and Austin Braddock each had three hits to help the Patriots improve to 3-0. 

 

Clark (1-0) earned the victory, allowing five hits in five innings. Hunter Ward pitched the sixth. 

 

Heritage Academy broke open a close game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. 

 

"I felt like last night we swung the bats pretty good," Heritage Academy coach Bruce Branch said. "The kids seem like they are jelling together as a team." 

 

Clark and Braddock each had two RBIs, while Tyler Farnham (two RBIs), Parker Dunaway, Tyler Marchak, and Garrett Hall (four RBIs) each had two hits. 

 

Heritage Academy will play host to Pickens Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday. 

 

n Caledonia 6, Columbus 0: At Caledonia, Cody Allsup allowed four hits and struck out 11 to help the Confederates improve to 3-0. 

 

Allsup walked three in a six-inning effort. He also had two hits, including a double, to support his cause. 

 

Montana Jacobs struck out one in the seventh. 

 

Richard Keene had two hits (double) and two RBIs, Matt Gresham had a hit, Andrew Allwood had a double and an RBI, and Zach Senneff had two hits. 

 

Caledonia will play host to West Lowndes at 4 p.m. Friday. 

 

n Hebron Christian 23, Immanuel Christian 13: At Pheba, The Rams (0-6, 0-1 district) couldn''t recover from a 10-run first inning in their loss in their district opener. 

 

Justin James was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two doubles, Brandon Westover was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, Dustin White was 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and three runs scored, Christian Good was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and a run scored, and Jeremy Davidson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

 

Immanuel Christian will play Calhoun Academy at 5 p.m. Monday in a doubleheader. 

 

n Hamilton 9, Saltillo 6: At Amory, Austin Earnest allowed four earned runs in five innings for the Lions, who bounced back from a pair of losses at the West Point High tournament to win their opener at the Amory High event. 

 

Graham Pritchett went 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs, Parker Rye and Kyle Dahlem had a hit and two RBIs, and Ethan Earnest was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. 

 

Austin Earnest also had a hit and scored two runs to support his cause. 

 

Hamilton had four stolen bases. 

 

Hamilton will play Southeast Lauderdale at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Amory. 

 

n Leake Academy 12, Central Academy 2: Ferris McGuire had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs, but the Vikings slipped to 0-2. 

 

Drew Pearson had the other hit for Central Academy. 

 

Rowdy Rigdon pitched a complete game in the loss. 

 

Central Academy will play at 4 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Academy. 

 

n Tuscaloosa Academy 10, Pickens Academy 0: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Forrest Lewis'' single was the only hit the Pirates managed in their road loss. 

 

Chase Davidson (1-1) allowed three hits and eight runs in four innings. He walked six and struck out six. 

 

n In other action, East Webster defeated South Pontotoc 8-6. 

 

Softball 

 

n New Hope wins two, Hamilton takes one at Smithville tournament: At Smithville, The Lady Trojans improved to 3-1 with a 10-1 victory against Calhoun City and an 11-0 win against Hamilton. 

 

In the first game, D.J. Sanders earned the victory, allowing no hits in three innings with seven strikeouts. She also was 2-for-2. 

 

Mallory McCarty struck out two and allowed one hit in the final two innings. 

 

Lauren Holifield had a triple, Anna Holley had a double, Anna McCrary was 2-for-2, and Kaitlin Bradley, Jordan Johnson, Madison Thrasher, R.J. James, and Brandi Brantley each had hits. 

 

In game two, Holifield, who had two hits, including a double, earned the win. She struck out five and surrendered two hits in three innings. McKenzie Harvey struck out two in the fourth. 

 

Kasey Stanfield was 2-for-3, Sanders had a double, Bradley had a single, a walk, and a sacrifice, McCrary had a double and two walks, and Johnson had a single. 

 

New Hope will play host to Caledonia at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Madison Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. 

 

Taylor Hyland and Cheyenne Logan had RBIs in a two-run fifth inning that lifted Hamilton to a 5-4 victory against Calhoun City in its first game. 

 

Anna Imel had a double, Hyland had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and Logan had three RBIs. 

 

Lexus Jordan came in in the fifth and earned the win. 

 

Caitlyn Atkins and Jordan tripled against New Hope for the team''s only hits. 

 

Jordan started in the circle and suffered the loss. Raimi Bryan came in in relief in the first. 

 

Hamilton will play Booneville at 4 p.m. and Alcorn Central at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo tournament. It will face Lafayette at 11:30 a.m. and Senatobia at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the second day of the tournament. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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