ALEXANDER CITY — Gardendale opened its 2014 baseball season Monday by splitting a tri-series at Benjamin Russell.
The Rockets routed Mountain Brook 14-4 in the opening game, but fell to the Wildcats in the nightcap by a 6-2 score.
In the first game, Gardendale unleashed an offensive barrage, led by Joseph Calvert's five runs batted in on a homer and two singles. Colten Jay sent home three runs on a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly, and Hunter Crook was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and reached base twice on Spartan errors.
Starting pitcher Dalton Moore went four innings for the victory, yielding three runs on four hits. Parks Shoulders lasted just 31⁄3 innings, allowing seven runs in the loss for Mountain Brook.
In the nightcap, John Michael Mathews drove in a run on a single and a double, but Gardendale was shut down by the combination of Wildcat starter Nathan Mitchell and closer Morgan Green.
Mitchell scattered six hits over five innings and gave up both Rocket runs, while Green gave up just one hit in two innings of relief.
Austin Moncus had a single and a double to drive home two runs for Russell.