In the process, Spalding (12-1 overall) won its 10th game in a row, while Northside-Columbus (3-10) lost its third in a row and for the seventh time in the last eight games.
“They threw a good pitcher at us, but we did a good job of handling him,” said Spalding head coach Mickey Moody.
The Jags scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to carry a 3-0 lead into the fourth where Northside scored twice.
“We did a good job of answering that immediately,” said Moody, whose team pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead 5-2.
Northside narrowed the gap, scoring once in the bottom of the fifth, but Hurt, who came on in relief of starter Dylan Griffin in the fifth, closed the door the rest of the way.
Griffin worked four innings for the win, striking out four. Hurt struck out four in relief.
“Austin did his usual good job in relief,” added Moody.
Hurt and Hayes each homered and Robert Green doubled to lead Spalding at the plate.
The Jags (7-0 region), which are tied for first in Region 4-AAA with Locust Grove (also 7-0), continue their season with a Region 4-AAA game today at 6 p.m. at seventh-place Henry County (2-11 overall, 1-6 region).