North Hall’s K.J. McAllister used a short right field fence at Jody Davis Field to facilitate a career day at the plate in Wednesday’s 14-3 win against West Hall.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Trojans’ switch-hitting shortstop connected on a three-run home run that cleared just to the left of the 314 foot sign in right field to comple the cycle. It’s the first time in his career that McAllister has hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple and home run all in the same game.
"It’s definitely exciting hitting for the cycle," McAllister said. "I was looking to drive a good pitch when I hit the home run."
When McAllister stepped to the plate in his final at bat, he already knew that hitting for the cycle was a possibility. After a lead-off double in the sixth inning, McAllister was told by one of his coaches that he was in range of the cycle. So with game already under control and a 2-1 count in his second at bat of the sixth, he didn’t hesitate to drive a fastball over the fence for a walk-off home run.
McAllister finished the game 4-for-4 with four RBIs and five runs scored.
Ty Smith, a junior, earned the complete-game victory in his first start for North Hall (5-5, 5-3 Region 7-AAA) throwing 70 pitches. He allowed six hits and one walk in six innings on the mound.
But with the kind of run support that Smith was getting, he wasn’t asked to work miracles in his second appearance on the mound this season.
Nate Strong was 2-for-3 with four RBIs for North Hall, and Davis Partrick finished with three singles. Trey Pinson and Jackson Coker also had extra base hits for the Trojans.
McAllister started his cycle with a lead-off single in the first inning and followed that with an RBI triple in the second that scored Jeff Abernathy. Then in the fourth inning, McAllister walked and scored on a two-run single from Strong.
While North Hall coach Trent Mongero was pleased with the night his slick-fielding shortstop had at the plate, he was more enthused by the fact that the Trojans played a defensively sound game without committing an error.
Mongero was most concerned with North Hall getting back in the win column after close losses to Creekview and Gainesville in its last two outings.
"Those losses caused us to take a long, hard look at our focus," Mongero said. "We wanted to get back to the basics and really had to focus on putting up a zero in the error column."
The Spartans (5-4, 3-4) scored one run in the third, fourth and fifth inning. West Hall lead-off hitter Luis Delgado hit a sacrifice fly in the third scoring Chad Goff. Caleb Stewart had a one-out single in the fourth and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Then in the fifth, West Hall’s Scott Eichler ripped a double to score Delgado.
Stewart finished the game with a pair of singles for West Hall.
West Hall plays host to Chestatee at 5:30 p.m. today in Oakwood. North Hall plays host to White County at 5:55 p.m. on Friday at Jody Davis Field.