Area races in high school baseball will come to an end this week, although a couple of championships have already been decided.
Monday’s heavy rains caused problems for teams trying to finish up area play. All of that day’s games were washed out and were rescheduled for Tuesday.
1A Area 8 – Southeastern won the area title last week and will host Fayetteville in the first round of the playoffs next week. Appalachian is the area runner-up and will travel to Shades Mtn. Christian.
3A Area 9 – Cleveland faces Susan Moore this week and the Panthers need to beat the Bulldogs to win the area title. The Bulldogs still have an outside shot of making the playoffs but would have to beat Cleveland in both games.
3A Area 12 – J.B. Pennington needs to beat Brindlee Mtn. this week in both games to make the playoffs. The Tigers are 3-2 in the area, one game behind New Hope and Holly Pond. However, Pennington holds the tie-breaker over both the Indians and the Broncos.
4A Area 9 – This one is simple. Oneonta and Locust Fork each swept St. Clair County and Fairview. The Redskins and Hornets have wrapped up playoff berths and will play each other this week for the area title.
5A Area 12 – The Wildcats are not out of the playoff chase but Hayden must beat Walker this week to qualify as the runnerup to area champion Mortimer Jordan. Tuesday, April 1 Baseball at Appalachian Southeastern 3, Appalachian 2
In what amounted to the 1A Area 8 championship game, the Southeastern Mustangs held off visiting Appalachian to take the first area title in school history.
Southeastern scored one run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Appalachian answered with two in the bottom of the fifth and the Mustangs were forced to hold on.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but Mauris Zamora got the save with a big strikeout to end the game.
Zach Stack kept the Eagles in the game with solid pitching but the Appalachian defense didn’t help him out.
Austin Cates (4-2) got the win, allowing a pair of runs – both earned – on five hits with an intentional walk and eight strikeouts.
Blake McCombs (3 for 4, run, stolen base), Austin Pearson (2 for 3, run, stolen base), Brandon Jones (2 for 4, triple, double, RBI, run), and Seth Wadsworth (2 for 4, RBI) paced the Mustang offense.
Southeastern improved to 8-12 overall and finished 4-0 in the area. Thursday, April 3 Baseball at Oneonta 6, Cleveland 0
The Redskins got a dominant pitching performance from Carter Sims to take care of business against visiting Cleveland.
Sims (6-2) went the distance and was never really threatened by Panther hitters. In seven innings, the junior left-hander gave up just one hit and hit a batter while striking out 10.
Dakota Johnson kept Redskin hitters off-balance for the most part and was able to pitch around some defensive lapses to keep the Panthers in the game. He gave up six runs – three earned – on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Brody McAlpine had the Panthers’ only hit, a solid single to left with one out in the fourth inning.
Luke Wall (2 for 2, run), Trevor Smith (2 for 2, RBI, run), and Ko Powell (2 for 4, run, two stolen bases) led the Oneonta offense. Tanner Moye had a two-run double and Sims added an RBI single.
Cleveland dropped to 16-10 with the loss while Oneonta, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, improved to 26-4. Oneonta 4, Cleveland 0
The second game was a lot like the first as runs were hard to come by.
Cleveland’s Evan Faust (1-1) battled the Redskins through four innings but took the loss. He gave up three runs (two earned), on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Lance Stephens gave up an unearned run in two innings of relief.
Blake O’Bryant (7-1) got the win for Oneonta and was almost perfect. The senior right-hander went five innings and gave up just one hit with no walks and nine strikeouts. Dawson Harvey pitched two innings in relief, giving up a hit and striking out two.
Tanner Moye (2 for 3, double, RBI, run), Luke Wall (2 for 3, double, RBI, run), and Carter Sims (1 for 2, double, RBI) led the Redskins at the plate.
Hunter Green (2 for 3, double) had both of the Panthers’ hits.
Cleveland fell to 16-11 while Oneonta improved to 27-4.