By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent
Hokes Bluff advanced to the championship of the Etowah County Baseball Tournament on Saturday (Apr. 16) with a 5-1 win over Glencoe at Gaston.
The Eagles later faced Southside in the title game.
HBHS head coach Mike Robertson pointed out the pitching performance of Kaden More as a big factor. Moore scattering six hits and one walk while striking out six.
“He had good stuff going all seven innings, and also added a big hit,” said Robertson.
That hit was a towering home run in the third inning that brought in two runs.
The Eagles scored a pair runs in the second inning without a hit off Cam Harris. Fisher Simmons reached on an error and Jace Stewart and Carson Eubanks both walked. A balk advanced the runners and a sacrifice fly by Chase Beggs drove in the second run.
Glencoe managed to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third when Pace Ozmint struck out but reached on a passed ball. He later scored on a wild pitch.
Hokes Bluff added two runs in the bottom of the third on Moore’s home run and another in the fourth on an RBI single by Drake Nanney. Nanney drove in Brett Haney, who singled earlier in the inning.
The Yellow Jackets defeated Gaston, 3-2, in the opening round of the tournament on Friday (Apr. 15).