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Baseball: West Hall sweeps White County to open 7-AAAA

By AccessWDUN

OAKWOOD — West Hall outscored White County 22-5 Tuesday in a doubleheader at Spartans Field to in both teams' Region 7-AAAA openers.

Senior and Mercer-signee Jeffrey Jenkins led the way on the mound in the first game in an 8-1 victory and then the offense exploded with a 16-hit attack in a 14-4 win in six innings to complete the sweep.

In the first game, the Spartans (10-4, 2-0 Region 7-AAAA) erased a 1-0 deficit scoring the final eight runs. Freshman Kyle Murphy paced the offense with two hits and three RBI and he also scored a pair of runs. Cameron Shirley, Carter Lott, and Jenkins all had two hits and Shirley, Lott, Jenkins, and Dylan Simpson all drove in one run.

Jenkins allowed no earned runs on just four hits while striking out five in six innings to get the win. Murphy pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts.

Jared Johnson had two of the Warriors (4-6, 0-2) four hits. Sawyer Loggins took the loss surrendering seven runs on eight hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings.

In the second game, White County again jumped out to the early lead with four first-inning runs off West Hall starter Dylan Simpson. But the Spartans answered with 14 consecutive runs to invoke the 10-run Mercy Rule.

West Hall scored four runs in the bottom of the first and three runs each in the second, fifth, and sixth innings off White County pitchers Austin Payne and Connor McGuire.

Simpson settled down after the first inning to go the distance yielding the four runs and seven hits and fanned five to get the win.

After a rough first game where he stranded seven runners, Gabe Allison led the offensive barrage in the second game with four hits and four RBI and also scored four runs. Simpson had two hits and three RBI and Canaan Koger and Peyton Randozzo each had one hit and two RBI for the Spartans.

Johnson had two more hits for White County and Jordan Palmer had a hit and two RBI for the Warriors.

The two teams' will finish their three-game season series on Friday in Cleveland.

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