Coone, Hinton pitch, homer Ole Brook past Tigers

Published 6:00 am Monday, March 13, 2006

MENDENHALL — At the plate and on the mound, Ole Brook’sPanthers were executing Friday night on a muddy diamond. Theywhipped the Mendenhall Tigers 13-2 and 6-4 as Brandt Hinton andJosh Coone threw complete games and helped their causes with homeruns.

Ole Brook (8-2, 4-2) accounted for 5 homers in the divisionsweep. They Panthers are currently third in the division race,trailing Terry and Lawrence County. Terry is unbeaten in divisionplay and Lawrence County has 1 division loss.

“We pitched extremely well,” said Ole Brook head coach RandySpring. “Brandt and Josh did a good job. I don’t think either ofthem had their best stuff but they battled and won.”

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“We hit the long ball and that was good,” added Spring. “Homeruns made the difference in the second game. Anytime you can win adoubleheader on the road, it’s an accomplishment.”

Ole Brook improved its record to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in theDivision 6-4A race.

The Panthers play at Florence Tuesday night, starting with JVgame at 5 p.m. The varsity starts at 7.

On Friday, the Panthers host Florence for a divisiondoubleheader, starting at 4:30 on Moyer Field.

Brookhaven 13, Mendenhall 2

Brandt Hinton (3-0) pitched the 2-hit victory. In 5 innings hegave up 4 hits and 2 unearned runs. He struck out 7 batters andwalked 3.

Hinton broke open a scoreless duel with a solo homer in thethird frame.

First baseman Garrion Crockett slugged his fourth homer of theseason and collected 2 RBIs. Hinton and catcher Mitch Pappasclaimed their first homers. Pappas chalked 3 RBIs. Hinton had 2RBIs.

Rightfielder Paxton King collected 3 hits for the Panthers,including a double, plus 2 RBIs. Third baseman Cole Newell, andleftfielder Josh Coone had 2 hits. Zach Watson singled.

Catcher Greg Neeley doubled twice for the Tigers.

Brookhaven 7, Mendenhall 4

Josh Coone pitched and batted the Panthers to victory. Heslugged a first-inning, grand-slam homer, sparking his team to a5-0 lead.

On the mound, Coone gave up 4 runs, 2 of them earned, in 7innings. He fanned 10 batters, walked 3 and allowed 7 hits.

Sophomore Steve Jones, the losing pitcher, fanned 12batters.

Newell hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. Pappas doubled.King, Coone and Newell had 2 hits apiece.