The Berry Wildcats baseball team fell behind early and could never recover as they lost the first game of the second-round playoffs to Brantley by the score of 12-1. Brantley scored five runs in the first two innings to force the Wildcats to play catch-up the remainder of the game. Berry managed only four hits and one run in the seven-inning game, while timely hitting by the Bulldogs allowed Brantley to score 12 runs on 10 hits.
The Berry Wildcats hosted Verbena in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s baseball playoffs, winning both of the Friday games to advance into the next round. Berry had to fight and claw for the win in the first game of the doubleheader, coming from behind to win 9-6. Verbena scored two runs in the top of the first inning as they sent seven batters to the plate. The Wildcats fought back with a run of its own in the home-half of the inning.
The Fayette Tigers traveled to Oneonta for the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs and lost two games on Friday to finish its season. The Tigers gave a gallant effort in the first game, losing to the host team by a score of 5-4. The Tigers led 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before Oneonta’s Brodie Devaney singled in two runs to give his team the winning runs.
The Fayette Tigers entered its three game series last week against Hamilton knowing that the series would determine the Area 12 Champion. Unfortunately, Fayette lost two-of-three games and will have to travel to Oneonta this week as the area runner-up. On Tuesday, Fayette traveled to Hamilton and was defeated by the Aggies by a score of 9-4. Hamilton scored a run in the bottom of the first, but Fayette tied the game quickly at one in the top of the second.
After wrapping up the area title last week, the Berry Wildcats cruised to a 11-5 baseball victory over Oakman. The Wildcats started its scoring early, as Isaiah Kizzire singled in a run, then two more runs scored on walks to Tanner Parr and Trace Deavours. Berry scored four more runs in the fifth inning, as Parr, Deavours and Trace Nelson picked up RBIs at the plate.
The Hubbertville Lions finished its 2021 baseball season with three games last week. Hubbertville beat Meek by the score of 19-14. Cade Fisher started the game on the mound for Hubbertville, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Carter Hollingsworth won the game in relief, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Brady Porter pitched the final inning for the Lions, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out three.
The Fayette Tigers dropped the first of three games to Haleyville last week, before winning a doubleheader on Thursday to capture a huge area series win. On April 6, Fayette lost to the Lions by a score of 8-4. Colton McCaleb suffered the loss for the Tigers on the mound, allowing eight runs on nine hits in seven innings of work, McCaleb struck out eight batters. Kaleb Garrett picked up the win for Haleyville, surrendering seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts. Blake Johnson and Cooper Sanford led Fayette at the plate with two hits each.
The Fayette Tigers used a big sixth inning to defeat the Lamar County Bulldogs 18-2. During the sixth inning, Blake Johnson, Drake Johnson, Cooper Sanford, Cole Holliman and Langston Strawbridge each had RBIs for the Tigers. Fayette scored 10 runs in the inning to put the game away for the Tigers. Colton McCaleb started the game on the mound for Fayette and allowed two runs on two hits in two innings of work.
The Berry Wildcats opened last week with a loss to Oakman before recovering for two wins later in the week. Oakman defeated Berry 7-2 on Monday, March 29. Trace Nelson suffered the loss on the mound for Berry, allowing nine hits and seven runs. Tyler Lollar led Berry at the plate, collecting two hits in three at-bats.