By Anthony Rhoads
Things started out just fine for Mundy's Mill in Thursday's home baseball game against Luella.
Starting pitcher Sam Murphy struck out the side in the first inning but the game went downhill the rest of the way as Mundy's Mill fell 11-1 in five innings.
Luella erupted for four runs in the second inning with Wade Lane leading off with a single. Lane later scored on a throwing error and Luella took a 2-0 lead when Kyle Nichols singled to drive in Josh Heath. Seth Owen help extend Luella's lead to 4-0 when he collected a two-run single, scoring Nichols and Scott Linginfelter.
Luella added to its lead in the third inning with a Nichols RBI single and Heath made the score 6-0 when he came home on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Stephen Taylor scored on a Kralick sacrifice fly, making the score 7-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Mike Zackery led off with a walk and he scored Mundy's Mill's lone run when Jason Peterson reached base on an error.
Nichols led of the top of the fifth by reaching on an error and with one out, Owen reached first on an error. Jordan Freeman walked to load the bases and Taylor followed up with a two-run single, making the score 9-1.
Lane got on base on a fielder's choice and Kralick came through with a two-run triple to give Luella the winning margin.
"I was impressed with the maturity over last year," Luella head coach Andy Cooper said. "We played hard the entire game. We had key kits in the right situations, which is something we had trouble doing last year. That's big for us."
Luella (1-0) made it to the Class AAA state tournament last year and finished 13-14 in its first season.
Mundy's Mill gets back into action Friday at Whitewater at 5:30 p.m., then travels to East Paulding Saturday at noon.
Etowah 10, Forest Park 3: The Forest Park Panthers dropped to 1-1 on the year with a 10-3 loss on the road at Etowah High School. Tony Peaks and Tyrone Standford each had an RBI.
Despite the loss, Keith Gaines only gave up on earned run.