The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Fayetteville City Tigers 8-3 at home Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Tigers did most of their scoring in the opening inning as the Hornets were unable to overcome the early deficit.
The Tigers sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first and brought six of them around to score to build a hefty advantage early.
The Hornets got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Gavin Morgan hit a two-out double to drive in two runs. Morgan came around to score on a throwing error later in the frame to make it a 6-3 game.
The Hornets weren’t done offensively in the bottom of the fourth as three straight walks would load the bases with two outs, but they would not be able to bring any of those runners in as they remained behind by three.
The Tigers got one of those runs back in the top of the fifth to put the deficit at 7-3.
The Hornets loaded the bases again in the bottom of the sixth, but the Tigers again held them off to maintain their lead.
The Tigers scored their last run in the top of the seventh, and the Hornets were held scoreless in the bottom half as they lost by five.
With the loss, the Hornets moved to 3-6 on the season and 2-1 in district play.
Hornets 12, Fayetteville 1
The Hornets beat the Fayetteville City Tigers 12-1 at home Tuesday in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Hornets rebounded quickly from their loss earlier in the day with an eight-run fourth inning providing most of their lead in the district contest.
The Hornets got on the board quickly as an RBI groundout by Troy Tate and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Preston Williams brought in one run each to make it 2-0 in the top of the first.
The Tigers got their lone run in the bottom of the first with an RBI double scoring a runner.
An RBI single by Tate in the top of the second would give the Hornets a two-run lead once again.
The fourth inning would be the deciding factor in the game as Morgan and Tate got the scoring starting with consecutive RBI singles to drive in three total runs. Kolbi Stewart added an RBI groundout to make it a 7-1 game as the first out of the inning was recorded.
The Hornets loaded the bases with two outs later in the frame, and DaShuan Reynolds came through with a three-run double to put the lead at 10-1. After two walks loaded the bases again, Tate drew one more to force in another run and make it an 11-1 game.
Reynolds added one more run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth, and the Hornets closed it out in the bottom of the fifth to win by 11.
Stewart put in a strong performance to get the win on the mound as he pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts, five hits and one run allowed.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 4-6 on the season and 3-1 in district play.
They will next play Friday in games for the Mountain Valley Classic at Sequatchie County High School. First pitch for their first game is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.