The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Tullahoma Wildcats 13-2 at Sequatchie County High School Friday in their second game for the Mountain Valley Classic.
The Hornets fell into a deep hole early in the contest that they were not able to work out of as the Wildcats handed them a loss.
The Wildcats sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the first inning. They added two more runs in the top of the second to make it an 8-0 game.
The Wildcats tacked on another five runs in the top of the fourth to bring the deficit up to double digits.
The Hornets got their only hit of the contest when Kolbi Stewart tripled to start the bottom of the fifth, and Stewart later came around to score on a throwing error off of a ball hit by Eli Wiggs.
Will Jolley also scored in the fifth inning after a balk by Tullahoma’s pitcher. However, the Hornets were not able to score again as the game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 5-7 on the season.
Hornets 9, Middle Tennessee Monarchs 5
The Hornets began play in the Mountain Valley Classic earlier in the day on Friday with a 9-5 victory against the Middle Tennessee Monarchs at Sequatchie County.
The Hornets put up seven runs in the sixth inning to rally from an early deficit and get the win.
The Hornets were the first team on the board as Stewart and Jolley hit consecutive RBI singles to drive in one run each in the top of the first inning.
The Monarchs answered back quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first and another in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead.
The Monarchs scored a run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to put the Hornets in a 4-2 hole.
The Hornets loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the sixth, and Preston Williams got the scoring started in the frame with an RBI infield single. Trace Morris followed with a two-run single to give the Hornets a 5-4 lead.
Alex Meyrring hit an RBI single, Troy Tate drove in two runs on a hit, and Jolley hit an RBI groundout to add to the lead and make it a 9-4 game.
The Monarchs got one more run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Hornets held onto their lead to win by four as the time limit for the game expired.
Jolley started the game on the mound for the Hornets and pitched three innings with three strikeouts, six hits, two earned runs and one unearned run allowed.
Daltyn Howell got the win in relief with one strikeout, no hits and one unearned run allowed across two innings on the mound. Williams pitched the final inning and had one strikeout, one hit and one unearned run allowed.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 5-6 on the season.
They will next play Saturday in two more games for the Mountain Valley Classic at Sequatchie County High School. First pitch for their first game of the day is scheduled for 6 p.m.