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Halls homers hamper HVA

With a fairly stout wind blowing out from home plate, Halls took full advantage with four home runs in four innings Tuesday afternoon, April 19, at Hardin Valley Academy.

While HVA made some noise offensively, the Red Devils set the tone through 4 1/2 innings with a 10-1 lead, while Halls pitching staff ace Bryce Beeler was good enough early and lasted 5 1/3 innings.

The Red Devils, also using three Hawks errors that added some unearned runs, won this District 3-AAA battle 13-6.

“We needed to play better, but we’ll get these guys next time,” said HVA junior shortstop Jake Denton, whose three hits on the day included a solo home run to left field in the third — the Hawks’ first hit.

“He throws mid-80s, and I was just looking fastball and he gave me one inside,” Denton added about his home run, one of his two hits off Beeler.

HVA head coach Kirk Renegar said Beeler is “one of the best pitchers we’ve seen,” adding Denton “played the way he’s capable of playing. Had a great day.”

Renegar, whose team fell to 12-10 overall, 8-4 in district, said Halls’ batting skill, the wind and less than stellar HVA pitching combined to put his team in an early hole.

Anthony Gambuzza, Hawks freshman centerfielder, stroked a two-RBI single in the fifth inning scoring Tanner Russell and Clay Williams. Gambuzza added an RBI groundout in the sixth.

Elliot Whitt, junior right fielder, connected for two hits that included a sixth-inning RBI single. “Elliot Whitt has had a tremendous season,” Renegar said, adding that Gambuzza “is not afraid” despite being young and inexperienced.

Whitt said the Red Devils “put a couple of balls up in the air and they went over [the fence] ... got on us quick. We were down early and it was kinda hard to come back from that.”

Williams ended with one hit for HVA, as did Clay Fielden and Ben Barnett.


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