WHITE HALL — Relyance Bank head coach Justin Holt did not get to see his team play on Sunday against Clarksville due to a prior engagement. Well, his team showed him what he missed and then some.
Relyance Bank, which put up eight runs in just four innings against Clarksville, sent at least nine batters to the plate in three different innings in its 19-3 win over Stuttgart Monday night at White Hall High School.
“That’s kind of how it is sometimes,” Holt said about his team’s offensive performance. “Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t.”
According to Holt, Relyance’s win on Sunday was its first game in about a week and a half. Some teams might be rusty after such a long break, but Relyance seems to have come back rejuvenated.
“Just having a break and getting to really spend some of your (time) just being a kid,” Holt said about the break. “Even though I missed it, they came back and played a great game yesterday and an even better game tonight.”
After scoring one run in the first inning, Relyance sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight runs in the second inning.
A leadoff double by Connor Freeman got things started for Relyance. After a sacrifice, Freeman scored on a wild pitch.
Dalton Bradshaw walked and starting pitcher Hunter Hale doubled to score Bradshaw.
A single by Dylan Quickel brought in Hale. Following a hit batter and a walk, an error on Stuttgart shortstop Cole Morgan allowed two runs to score.
A double by Jake Green brought in two more runs to give Relyance an 8-0 lead.
Green then came in on Freeman’s second hit of the inning.
Relyance continued to pour it on scoring five runs in both the third and fourth innings, while sending 10 and nine men to the plate, respectively.
Hale threw three solid innings giving up just one run on two hits with five strikeouts.
“Hunter Hale did a great job for us,” Holt said. “He stayed in command and threw strikes and just did a good job overall.”
Kirk Baugh led Relyance offensively reaching base in all four of his at-bats — two HBPs, a walk and a single —and scored four times.
Freeman went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Green, Gray, Jase Wilson and Cade Canada each had two RBIs for Relyance.
Relyance Bank 8, Clarksville 0 (five innings)
Relyance Bank was scheduled to play a seven-inning game against Clarksville Sunday at White Hall High school.
As it turns out, Relyance only needed five innings to grab the 8-0 run-rule victory.
Clarksville only managed four hits off Relyance pitcher Daniel Sprinkle, who finished with six strikeouts, two walks and one hit by pitch.
Jake Green led Relyance offensively going 2-for-2 with a HBP and two runs scored, while Dylan Quickel and Antoine Luster each went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Relyance put up single runs in the first and second innings and three each in the fourth inning and fifth innings.