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Golden Tigers extend winning run with victory over Huntsville at Toyota Field

The Russellville Golden Tigers went to Madison Saturday to participate in the Baseball Bonanza held at Toyota Field, the home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas, and came away with a win.

RHS faced Huntsville High in the event, and the Golden Tigers took a 7-4 victory over the Panthers.

Teams from Hoover, James Clemens and Grissom also took part in the day-long fun.

The victory improved Russellville’s record to 10-2 on the year, and the Golden Tigers extended their current winning streak to eight.

Senior Rowe Gallagher started the game on the mound for Russellville, and he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. The right-hander got the win by pitching five innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Gallagher struck out eight. He was followed on the mound by Banks Langston and Ethan Oliver.

Jackson Lindsey also had a big day in the Minor League stadium. He was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Canyon Pace and Gordon White also doubled, and they were joined in the hit column by Grayson Thorpe, Reed Hill, Cole Barnett, JD Bishop and Casen Heaps.

Nick Smith was hit by a pitch during three separate plate appearances.

“It’s an awesome experience, and it’s a beautiful place. I think the guys should be proud of that experience,” said Russellville head coach Chris Heaps. “The guys were tickled that we got this opportunity, and I think they raised their level of play, too.”

Before the game at Toyota Field, Russellville went to James Clemens High School on the same day and defeated the 7A Jets 3-2.

Emitt Green was sharp on the mound, allowing two runs during 5.1 innings of work for the win. He struck out eight and walked two.

Samuel Pace came on to finish the sixth inning, and Reed Hill pitched the seventh for the save.

Cole Barnett and Canyon Pace had two hits each, while Thorpe, Smith, Bishop and Langston also hit safely. Bishop had two RBIs, and Pace plated one.

Russellville 6, Haleyville 2

The Golden Tigers went to Haleyville March 9 and defeated the Lions with the help of a Lindsey home run. Lindsey, Thorpe and Andrew Hatton had two hits each. Thorpe’s hit was a double, and he joined Lindsey with two RBIs apiece on the day.

Hatton and Bishop also drove home runs.

White pitched five innings for the win. He was followed in scoreless relief by Gallagher and Heaps.

Russellville 6, Priceville 4

Priceville hosted Russellville March 11, and the Golden Tigers were led by two-hit performances by Lindsey, Smith and Oliver. Lindsey had three RBIs, and Smith added two.

Langston and Oliver pitched two innings each, and they were followed by winning pitcher Samuel Pace, plus Reed Hill with the save. Pace and Hill allowed no runs over three innings.