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Russellville baseball sweeps Decatur, East Limestone

The Russellville High School varsity baseball team hosted the Decatur Red Raiders and the East Limestone Indians Feb. 22, and the Golden Tigers picked up two wins.

In the first game of the day, RHS took on Decatur and got an 11-4 victory. After Decatur faced off with East Limestone in the middle game Saturday, the Golden Tigers wrapped up the full day of action by taking down the Indians by a 1-0 final score.

Against Decatur, Russellville scored 11 runs on three hits. Cole Barnett, Canyon Pace and Gordon White had the RHS hits off of the Red Raiders’ pitchers.

Casen Heaps and Pace had three RBIs each, while Barnett picked up two and JD Bishop added one. Will Rogers drew four of the nine walks by Russellville hitters, and Decatur hit RHS batters seven times by pitches during the game.

Nick Smith, Eli Gipson, Rogers and Bishop scored two runs apiece, while Jackson Lindsey, White and Heaps scored one each for Russellville.

Emitt Green got the start on the mound for RHS, and he allowed four runs with two of them being earned over five innings of work. Green gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one, while throwing 72 pitches.

Rowe Gallagher and Reed Hill pitched one inning of relief apiece, with neither allowing a run and both striking out two batters each.

In the game versus East Limestone, White got the win on the mound, and he also drove in the only run of the contest.

The junior right-hander pitched six innings and allowed three hits and a walk. He struck out nine batters on his way to the win.

Gallagher then pitched a spotless inning of relief, striking out the side to pick up the save.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning when White drove home Barnett with an RBI ground out.

Russellville (4-1) had two hits, and they came off the bats of Smith and  Heaps.

“That game right there was unbelievably pitched,” said Russellville head coach Chris Heaps.  “Gordon White threw 80 pitches, and that was one of his best games ever for us. Then, Rowe came in and pumped it in there pretty hot and closed it out for us, and I was proud of him.”