Wadley held a lead in both games of its first-round playoff series against South Lamar Friday, but the Bulldogs ultimately lost both games to see their season come to a close.
The first game was tied 1-1 going to the seventh inning, but South Lamar pushed four runs across in their half of the final frame to break the tie, then held on for a 5-1 victory.
Playing as the visiting team in game two, Wadley’s Jacob Marable scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning, but South Lamar claimed a lead they would never relinquish with two runs in the bottom of the inning and marched on to an 11-4 win.
Wadley’s Scooter Battle squared off with South Lamar’s Jack Dowdle in a pitching duel in game one.
Wadley took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Marable doubled with one out and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches from Dowdle.
That was the only scoring in the game until the fifth inning when South Lamar tied it without the use of a hit. Chase Sides reached on fielder’s choice and with one out stole second and third before scoring on an RBI groundout by Noah Shackleford.
Wadley had a shot to reclaim the lead when they Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but a diving defensive play at second base robbed Lakevian O’Neal of a hit and ended the threat.
Battle went 6 and 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits, but was charged with four of the five runs.
Dowdle went the distance for the Mustangs and scattered five hits while striking out four.
Blaine Caldwell went 2-for-3 for Wadley.
Wadley fell behind 6-1 after two innings in game two, but the Bulldogs put together their best rally of the day in the third fueled by a two-run triple by Battle. They scored three runs in all and cut the lead to 6-4.
But South Lamar responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, then added three more in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Bailey Brown got the complete game win for the Mustangs.
Marable went 3-for-3 and scored two runs for Wadley, while Battle finished 1-for-3 and Will Phillips had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Wadley finishes its season with a 7-9 record and will bid farewell to seniors Battle, Gage Ogilvie, Trevor Cameron and JaMichael Angel.
RCHS’s offense never got in gear in its first-round playoff series at Saint James, as the Tigers suffered a pair of shutout losses to put an end to their season.
RCHS managed just three hits in the first game and four hits in the second, and Saint James lived up to its billing as one of the top teams in class 3A.
Game one was a 7-0 win for the home team, with all of the runs coming in the first three innings. RCHS’s best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when Carter Barnes and Jace Dunn posted back-to-back singles and advanced to second and third with two outs. But the Tigers couldn’t get the two-out hit they needed to break the goose egg.
Carson Howard pitched six innings for St. James and recorded 10 strikeouts.
Game two followed a similar script as St. James scored 10 runs in the first three innings on the way to an 11-0 series clinching win.
Matthew Robinson was author of this shutout as he went the game’s full five innings for St. James and allowed five hits while striking out three.
RCHS’s only hits in the game were singles by Till, Braxton Daniel, Payne Stitcher, Christian Ginder and William Wilson.
The sweep marked the third straight season that RCHS has lost in the first round. The Tigers finish with a record of 15-9 and lose just four seniors, only two of whom were full-time starters. Caleb White and Jacob Ryder were those two starters, while Ginder and Logan Stewart will also graduate.