Westbrook pounds Glencoe in area contests


By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Westbrook outscored Glencoe 23-0 in a pair of Class 3A, Area 11 wins this week in high school baseball. 

Westbrook Christian got a strong pitching performance from Tyler Self and timely hitting to defeat Glencoe, 9-0, on Wednesday (Mar. 18) at GHS, while a 12-run fourth inning propelled the Warriors (4-8, 2-0) to a 14-0 victory on Tuesday in Rainbow City. 

“We had two great days,” said Westbrook head coach Matt Kennedy. “Sometime you have good ones and sometime bad ones. Tanner Kennedy threw the ball well, and Tyler pitched well in his first complete game of the season. It’s good to have two wins over Glencoe at this point. I’m proud of all of the boys.”

Self went the distance on Wednesday, giving up five hits and striking out seven. He struck out the final five hitters he faced.

Glencoe starter Dalton Roberts pitched five innings, giving up six runs on six hits while striking out eight. Hunter Nunnally came in to pitch the final two innings for the Yellow Jackets, surrendering three runs on four hits while striking out one. 

The fourth inning saw Westbrook get their bats cranked up. With one out, Kyle Leonard was hit by a pitch, followed by a long double to deep center by Chandler Richards to plate the game’s first run. 

Troy Bearden reached on an error to score Richards and make it 2-0. Self added an RBI single to give Westbrook a 3-0 lead after four innings.

Ethan Campbell led off the top of the fifth with a hit. He then stole second base and scored on a wild pitch. Richards walked and scored on a double by Bearden, who later came home on a sacrifice fly by Self to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead.

Westbrook added three more runs in the top of the sixth. Cullen Stafford singled, followed by Tyler Pankey reaching on a fielder’s choice. 

Pankey scored on an error. After Garrett Kennedy singled, Kennedy took second on a throwing error and scored on an RBI base hit by Campbell. Richards drove in Westbrook’s ninth run with his second hit of the game.

On Tuesday, Westbrook sent 16 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, pounding out six hits and scoring 12 runs. 

Tanner Kennedy belted a towering home run to left center and followed with a double in his next at bat in the same inning. Glencoe got its only hit of the afternoon in the top of the fifth. 

Tanner Kennedy allowed one hit while striking out six.

The Warriors tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning off Glencoe starter Pace Ozmint of two hits in the inning and three passed balls.

The game settled into a pitcher’s duel between Ozmint and Warrior starter Tanner Kennedy until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the roof fell in on the Yellow Jackets.

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