Morrow sac fly lifts Tigers to walk-off win; Knights blank Colonels; Excel falls to Ohio team
The Tigers’ Hayden Morrow hit a sacrifice fly to left field Monday night, scoring Lane Griffith, to enable Adairsville to escape with a walk-off, 6-5 non-region win over visiting Armuchee.
Adairsville made the most of only four hits, but took advantage of six Indians’ errors.
Armuchee (2-13) took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning, but Adairsville responded with four runs over the next two frames to regain the lead at 5-3.
The visiting Indians scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game 5-5 before Morrow’s RBI ended the game in the seventh.
Armuchee reliever, Cole Phillips, was saddled with the pitching loss. He entered in the seventh and only recorded the one out. Will Phillips led the Indians at the plate with two hits and two RBI.
Sam Seaman, Justin Green, Drake Arp, and Dylan Hightower had Adairsville’s hits. Seaman, Green, Arp, and Morrow had one RBI each.
Kyler Pelfrey picked up the pitching victory with an inning and 1/3 of work. He allowed only one walk, no hits or runs, and struck out four. Taylor Whitley started on the bump (1.2 IP, 3ER, 0H, 6BB, 4K) and Orry Carter (4 IP, 2R, 0ER, 4H, 2BB, 5K) also pitched for the Tigers.
Adairsville (8-6) returns to Region 6-AAA play at home Tuesday (March 29) against Murray County at 5:55pm. They travel to Calhoun Thursday (March 31).
RIVER RIDGE 8, CASS 0
Senior Zach Cable tossed a complete game shutout as River Ridge shutout Cass in Woodstock Monday night, 8-0. The contest was the first of three this week between the two sub-region opponents.
Cable (7 IP, 0R, 3H, 1BB, 6K) got all the run support he would need in the second inning when the Knights scored five runs. They added single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings.
River Ridge (9-6, 6-4 in 7-AAAAA-A) pounded out 11 hits with two each from Conner Pavolony, Luke Berryhill, and Nick Blubaugh.
Casey Patterson, Jordan Reed, and Nathan Smith had the only Cass hits — all singles. Reed also stole a base.
Cass used a quartet of pitchers in the loss. Reed (1.2 IP, 5R, 4ER, 5H, 4BB, 1K) started and picked up the loss. Austin Pruett (2.1 IP, 2ER, 6H, 0BB), Cody Johnson (1 IP, 1ER, 0H, 3BB, 2K), and Steven Spell (1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0BB) each spent time of the mound.
The Colonels (4-11, 3-7 in 7-AAAAA-A) will host the Knights Wednesday (5:55pm) and will return to River Ridge Friday (5:55pm) to complete the three-game set.
OLENTANGY LIBERTY 10, EXCEL CHRISTIAN 0 Olentangy Liberty High School (Powell, OH) pitcher, Preston Stanley, threw a five-inning, no-hitter Monday night at LakePoint to blank Excel Christian Academy, 10-0.
Stanley struck out eight and walked two. Nine runs in the opening three innings gave the Patriots enough offense to defeat the Eagles. An RBI triple by Spencer Yankle, an RBI single by Chase Gresock, an RBI single by Zach Arnold, a sacrifice fly by Hunter Voorhees, and an RBI single by Connor Stewart in the first inning set the tone. Corey Mayer added an RBI double in the second inning to continue the Patriots' charge. Connor Stewart racked up two RBIs on two hits for Olentangy Liberty Patriots. Excel (1-11) hosts Walker Tuesday (5:30pm) and Trion Thursday (5:30pm) at LakePoint.