By Chad Dixon
The Russell County Warriors (12-1) dropped their season opener, but since then have gone on a tear winning 12 games in a row. A large part of their success has been the offensive duo of Hunter Donaldson and Zane Faulk. The two are the one-two hitters in the Warriors’ lineup. Donaldson has a .463 on-base percentage through 13 games. He has scored 19 runs and driven in 10. Faulk has an unearthly 1.436 on-base plus slugging with a .468 batting average. He has hit four home runs and six doubles. He has scored 15 runs and has 19 RBI. The duo combined to drive in eight runs over the weekend in victories against Eufaula and Dadeville.
“Those two are certainly two of the more important pieces of our offense. They are our leaders,” said Russell County Head Coach Tony Rasmus.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first on March 9, Donaldson led off the Warriors’ first with a single to left and scored on sacrifice fly to right by Logan Austin. Donaldson singled in the bottom of the second to score Trysten Dozier to tie the game at two and scored on a Faulk triple to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead. Jackson Huguley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to extend the Warriors’ lead to 4-.2. Russell County would win game one of a double header against Eufaula 5-2. Kobe VanBogart pitched seven complete innings to notch the win. He surrendered only one hit, no earned runs and struck out five.
Logan Austin was dominant in game two in a 9-1 victory for Russell County. He fanned 15 Eufaula Tigers and pitched 6 2/3rd innings of hit-less baseball. The Warriors scored four runs in the fourth and fifth to break open a 1-1 tie. Donaldson hit a two-run single in the fourth and scored on a Faulk home run to give the Warriors’ a 5-1 advantage. Donaldson added a two-run double in the next inning.
Donaldson was 3-for-5 in game two with three RBI. Zack Henderson was 3-for-4 at the plate; Zac Rice was a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
The Warriors picked up a 6-0 road victory over Dadeville on March 10. They scored three runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Henderson pitched seven complete innings, allowed three hits and struck out eight. Faulk, Huguley and Dozier were 1-for-3 with an RBI each. The Warriors will host Valley on March 15 at 5 p.m. ET.