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Piedmont is playing Game 3 of its second-round series at Decatur Heritage, and Alexandria has Game 3 at Arab. Click and refresh for upates

NOTE: Includes details from Friday’s games.

By Joe Medley
East Alabama Sports Today

Class 5A

Game 1:
–0-0 in B2.
–Still scoreless in T3 after Andrew Allen works out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs.
–Thru 3, still scoreless.
–B4 … Arab gets one the board, leads 1-0 thru 4.
–Final: ARAB WINS 1-0 on one unearned run.
–Alexandria outhit Arab 4-3. Allen pitched a gem with five Ks and two walks. Aiden Brunner 2-for-3.

Game 2:
–Tripp Patterson on the bump for Alexandria.
–Thru 1, scoreless. Alexandria leaves bases loaded in B1.
–Thru 2, still scoreless.
–B3: Alexandria scores a run on a Samuel Henegar liner plus an error, leads 1-0.
–Alexandria leads 1-0 thru 4.
–Still 1-0 thru 5.
–Patterson strands three Arab runners. Alexandria still leads 1-0 thru 6.
–ALEXANDRIA WINS 1-0. Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Game 3:
–T1: Ian Cartwright RBI single puts Alexandria up 1-0; Samuel Henegar sac fly plates another run, 2-0 AHS; Aiden Brunner RBI single makes it 3-0. Cubs still batting with one out, and Arab makes a pitching change; Alexandria leads 3-0 into B1. Brayden Thacker on the bump.
–B3: Arab pushes one across, but Evan Snow fields a grounder and throws home to Brunner to prevent another one. Alexandria leads 3-1.
–T4: Alexandria has runners on second and third with one out, and another pitching change for Arab. Evan Snow up. Cubs get no runs across, still lead 3-1.
–B4: John Hall two-run home run ties it 3-3.
–T5: Alexandria scores two on dropped two-out, third-strike to Brunner plus a throwing error … catcher overthrows 1B, and ball goes to the wall in RF corner. Alexandria leads 5-3.
–B5: Arab gets two runners on with no outs, and Alexandria calls Zach Baskins from the pen; Snow with a diving stop and tag for the first out, still runners on first and second; Ty Brown catches a pop out for second out; walk loads the bases for Hall; Baskins gets Hall to pop to Cartwright in RF for third out. Still 5-3, Alexandria.
–T6: Three up, three down for Valley Cubs, still lead 5-3.
–B6: Arab loads bases with one out, but Snow fielders grounder and makes his second throw home for an out today; Dakota Nesmith three-run double with 1-2 count puts Arab up 6-5; pop to CF for third out, but Alexandria comes to bat in T7 with season on the line.

Class 3A

Game 1:
–B5, Piedmont leads 1-0. Brodie Homesley pitching.
–Cole Wilson doubles, scores on errant throwback from catcher. Piedmont leads 2-0, still batting in T6.
–McClane Mohon 2-run single puts Piedmont up 4-0, still batting in T6.
–Max Hanson sac fly … 5-0, Piedmont, thru T6.
–DH gets two on the board. Piedmont leads 5-2 thru 6.
–T7, Max Hanson hits 2-run single. Piedmont leads 7-2, still batting.
–Final: PIEDMONT WINS 7-2.

Game 2:
–Seventh-grader Cole Austin on the bump for Piedmont.
–Scoreless thru 2.
–T3: DH gets three two-out runs on error, hit batsman, intentional walk, balk and error, leads 3-0.
–Still 3-0, DH, thru 4.
–Piedmont scores twice in B5. Mohon RBI single, and Mohon scores on a wild pitch. Bulldogs trail 3-2 thru 5.
–Thru 6, still 3-2, DH. Sloan Smith to the bump in relief.
–Smith sits’em down in order. Piedmont coming to bat in B7, down 3-2.
–B7: Hanson draws one-out walk; Jack Hayes infield single; Kale Austin RBI double ties it 3-3; intentional walk loads bases; game headed to extra innings.
–T8: Double error on leadoff then sac fly, and DH regains the lead, 4-3.
–B8: Trevor Pike leadoff double; two-out wild pitch ties it 4-4, headed to ninth inning.
–Smith sits DH down in order in T9. Still 4-4.
–Aaaaannnnndd to the 10th inning, still 4-4.
–Decatur Heritage gets a leadoff home run in the 10th and wins 5-4. Game 3 Saturday at noon.

Game 3:
–T4: Piedmont leads 7-2 after a six-run fourth: Jack Hayes RBI single; Cole Austin RBI on fielder’s choice; Sloan Smith RBI single on squeeze; Trevor Pike bunt single; Mohon up to bat as DH makes pitching change; Mohon fielder’s choice plates a run; balk plates Smith; Max Hanson RBI single; walk to Hayes, and another pitching change.
–Piedmont leads 7-2 thru 4.
–T5: Smith single, steal then Jonah Pike RBI double puts Piedmont up 8-2.
–B5: DH gets four unearned runs, trails Piedmont 8-6.
–B6: DH adds two more to tie it, 8-8. Kale Austin in to pitch for Jack Hayes. Bulldogs get out of it, still 8-8 going into T7.
–T7: Piedmont scores eight: Cole Wilson one-out single; Cole Austin fielder’s choice; Smith single; Trevor Pike infield single scores Cole Austin; Mohon RBI single scores Smith, and runners advance on throw trying to get Smith at plate; Hanson two-run single; Hayes single; Kale Austin RBI single; balk for a run; wild pitch for a run; Cole Wilson RBI single; Smith walk … 16-8, Piedmont going into B7.
–PIEDMONT WINS 16-8, will play host to Gordo next week.

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