Cornerstone, Pelham pick up baseball victories

Cornerstone Christian School got its 2010 baseball season off on a positive note March 1 with a 13-3 win over visiting Bessemer Academy.

The Chargers were able to end the game via the mercy rule with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jacob Henderson started on the mound and went three innings for the Chargers. Henderson struck out two and allowed one run on three hits.

Lance Benton threw 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. Benton struck out three and allow one hit without a run.

Offensively, Cornerstone was led by brothers Colton and Auston Wingard, who had two singles and four RBIs each. Austin Davis added a double and two RBIs.

Cornerstone coach Tim Smith was happy with the win to open the season.

“We played pretty good, but we still have a long way to go,” Smith said.

Pelham 6, Russell County 3

Senior Andrew Bishop hit a two-run home run and junior Trevor Fitts pitched a complete game as Pelham defeated Russell County in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was rained out.

Fitts (3-0) gave up three runs, but only one was earned, and five hits. He walked three and had 10 strikeouts.

Bishop also had a double for the Panthers, who improved to 9-2 overall.

Tripp Martin, Michael Herring and Jake Williams all singled and drove in a run.

Coosa Valley 13, Springwood 1

Phillip Neal started on the mound and struck out nine batters in a five-inning no-hitter.

Preston Purdy finished with three hits and three RBIs. Gage Holmes finished with two doubles and two RBIs. John Bullen, Justin Floyd and Zach Chain each had an RBI.

Coosa Valley 16, East Memorial 4

Gage Holmes led the Rebels with four RBIs. Garrett McMullen added two doubles and three RBIs.

Hayden Hurst earned the win.