Hornets defeat St. Andrews
The Loyd Star Hornets survived an offensive marathon Monday night to knock off the St. Andrews Saints 13-10 to claim a victory for Senior Night at Smith Field.
“I am proud of the guys’ effort,” said Loyd Star coach Jared Britt. “They battled hard. We pitched two ninth graders and they did a great job keeping us in the game. We managed to catch some breaks during the game that went our way. Overall, this was a good win over a tough opponent.”
Loyd Star celebrated Senior Night on Smith Field as seniors Seth Farmer and Dustin Hart were recognized with their families during the ceremony and were given gifts along the pitcher mound.
The Hornets (14-8, 8-2) will be in action today as they prepare to host the West Marion Trojans. Junior varsity action starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 6:30 p.m.
Loyd Star 13, St. Andrews 10
The Hornets and Saints provided an exciting offensive thriller for their baseball fans as both teams lit up and practically blew a fuse in the scoreboard.
The Saints came out and set the tone of the contest in the top of the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead. The Hornets answered in the bottom of the first inning with a four-run jolt to claim a 4-3 lead.
Both teams continued to battle back-and-forth in an offensive see-saw contest as the Hornets and Saints traded or tied the game several times until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Loyd Star managed to push across three more runs and held off the Saints scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings to secure the win.
Konner Allen was the winning pitcher for the Hornets with three strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters. Peyton Flowers collects the save on the mound with one strikeout and one walk. Loyd Star pitched a four-man rotation on the night.
Thomas Wilson absorbed the loss for the Saints with one strikeout and one walk. The Saints also pitched a four-man rotation in the offensive thriller.
St. Andrews committed 12 errors on the night against Loyd Star 4.
Peyton Flowers was the offensive leader at the plate for Loyd Star with two singles. Hitting safely were Caleb Yarborough, Seth Farmer, Levi Redd, Brett Calcote, Bradyn Brister and Konner Allen.
Conner Woodall was the top hitter for the Saints with a double and two singles. Alex Wilson, Thomas Wilson and Michael Sanderson hit safely.