cloudy
Sunday August 30th, 2015 4:00AM

Baseball: Trojans hand No. 2 White Co. first loss

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter
Related Articles
GAINESVILLE -- It truly was deja vu for the North Hall baseball team Friday night.

Two days removed after letting a five-run lead in the seventh inning slip away from them in a gut-wrenching loss to No. 1 Buford, the Trojans stared down the exact same barrel against No. 2 White County on Friday.

There would be no comeback this time, however.

North Hall's Josh Hammonds had an uneventful seventh inning and closed out the final five innings in relief allowing just one run on four hits in helping the Trojans hand the Warriors their first loss of the season, 11-6 at Jody Davis Field.

North Hall coach Trent Mongero said they just tried to put the past in the past.

"It was ironic that we had the exact same scenario tonight that we had (Wednesday)," he said. "But we talked about flushing out the negatives from that game and using the positives. I thought we did that.

"A game like (Wednesday) can be hard to come back from. I was very impressed with how our guys responded. It says a lot about their character."

White County got going early with two runs on four hits, including an RBI hit by Peyton Applewhite. The Trojans responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs to the tie game, getting three hits and taking advantage of a key White County error.

The Warriors, however, continued their barrage in the second with five more hits, including RBI hits by Spencer Adams and Will Flowers, to take a 4-2 lead.

North Hall (8-6, 6-3 Region 7-AAA) answered again in the bottom of the second and never trailed the rest of the way. Andrew Smith blasted a three-run home run and Drew Atha capped a seven-run inning with a two-run double to give the Trojans a 9-4 lead.

White County would score single runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the lead to 9-6 but North Hall scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to push the lead to 11-6. The Warriors would get just one baserunner over the final three innings as Hammonds closed the door.

Atha, Lincoln Hewett, and Stephen Murray each had three hits apiece for North Hall. Smith finished with four RBI and Atha had three RBI for the Trojans, who had 16 hits on the night.

White County (11-1, 6-1) was led by Matthew Hambrick, Adams, Stetson Gearin, Joel Pritchett, and Trey Allen, who each had two hits.

The two teams will play again Monday in Cleveland in the back end of their home-and-home series.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 7 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 7 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 7 months ago )
Sports
Lanierland boys semifinals: Unbeatens Johnson, Red Elephants roll into finals
Both Gainesville and Johnson powered their way into the Lanierland Tournament finals on Monday. The two undefeated teams will meet Tuesday for the title at 8:30 p.m. at Chestatee.
10:01AM ( 7 months ago )
Lanierland girls semifinals: GHS, Lady Falcons advance to finals <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Flowery Branch and Gainesville each took impressive wins Monday to advance to the Lanierland Tournament finals...
10:00AM ( 7 months ago )
Girls basketball: Lady Tigers advance to Pickens Holiday finals
The Dawson County girls basketball advanced to the finals of the Pickens Holiday Classic after an 81-54 win over Riverwood Monday.
11:48PM ( 8 months ago )
High School Sports
Falcons sign Julio Jones to 5-year extension
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.
By The Associated Press
8:46AM ( 4 hours from now )
Softball: Buford splits with S. Forsyth and Milton
The Buford girls softball team split a pair of games Saturday with South Forsyth and Milton in a yearly series between the three schools.
By AccessWDUN staff
7:06AM ( 3 hours from now )
Falcons fall to Dolphins in preseason
Ryan Tannehill threw for 145 yards in less than a half despite working behind a makeshift offensive line, and the Miami Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 13-9 in an exhibition game Saturday night.
By The Associated Press
7:00AM ( 2 hours from now )
Severino, Yankees beat Braves 3-1; fan falls from upper deck
Rookie Luis Severino allowed only four hits in six scoreless innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over Matt Wisler and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
By The Associated Press
6:39AM ( 2 hours from now )
Menard wins in nail-biting Road America Xfinity finish
The decision to compete in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series sixth annual Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. paid off in a huge way for Paul Menard who scored his third career Xfinity victory at his hometown track.
By Chris Knight-NASCAR Wire Service
11:41PM ( 4 hours ago )