No. 4 Southside tops Sardis 9-0 to win county tournament


Southside’s Hunter Clough tags out Sardis’ Austin Hallmark during the championship game of the Etowah County baseball tournament Saturday. The Panthers won 9-0. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times)


SOUTHSIDE — Class 5A, No. 4 Southside defeated Sardis 9-0 to win the Etowah County tournament in high school baseball Saturday at Danny League Field.

Everything that could have gone right for the Panthers (30-7) did as they left the field as champions.

Coach Blake Bone thought his team played good in every aspect of the game.

“I thought it was a well executed game on all ends of it,” said Bone. “We ran the bases well, had good at-bats. We were patient enough to take the walks when they gave it to us.”

The Panthers drew 10 walks in the game.

On the mound, Lakota Leek and winning pitcher Braxton Light were lights out. Leek threw the first three innings and walked three while fanning three. Light pitched the last four innings in relief and allowed one hit with 10 strikeouts.

The Panthers had a no-hitter until it was broken up on a single by the Lions’ Will Scott in the top of the seventh with no outs.

Southside totaled 11 hits at the plate by eight different batters. Matt West, Hunter Clough and Hunter Gibbs each tallied two hits. Blake Devine had a triple that drove in two runs. Drew Mullinax, Kyle Steward and Dantley Coker contributed with one hit apiece. Saige Benson and Clough both had doubles. Mullinax, Clough, West, Light and Baylon Fry all had one RBI.

Light, Coker, Benson, West and Brock Love had one run scored while Devine and West had two.

“It’s always good to come out here and compete in the county championship,” said Bone. “It is a good experience for the kids. We are happy to be county champs.”

In the semifinals, Sardis advanced by getting a victory over Glencoe 4-3.

Southside reached the county finals after they defeated West End 10-4.

Southside will host Scottsboro on Friday in the first round of the high school baseball playoffs.