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Pelfrey, Tigers lock up 2-seed, home state playoff series with 6-0 blanking of Calhoun

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The Adairsville Tigers took matters into their own hands Thursday night at Calhoun and clinched a home state playoff series next week and the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAA with a 6-0 shutout of the Yellow Jackets.

Kyler Pelfrey was brilliant again on the mound for the Tigers.

The senior tossed a complete game, scattering three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. The Georgia College and State University signee has four wins and a save over Adairsville’s last 14 games with 33 strikeouts and a 1.05 ERA over 25.2 innings in that stretch.

The Tigers scored single runs in the third inning and fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.

Hunter Hice reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. Garrett Mishoe doubled home Pelfrey in the fifth.

Adairsville then put the game out of reach with four runs in the sixth inning.

After two walks and two outs in the sixth, two runs scored on a single by Hice. Mishoe doubled again for the Tigers’ fifth run and eventually scored on another Calhoun wild pitch.

Hice and Mishoe paced Adairsville with two hits and two RBI each. Pelfrey and Landon Ayers had the other Tigers’ hits.

Calhoun (20-9, 11-6) will need a win at Haralson County Friday to clinch a state playoff berth.

Adairsville (19-8, 12-5) will host Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Friday in their regular season finale’. The Tigers will then prepare for a home Class AAA state playoff series against the No. 3-seed from Region 5-AAA.

With all of that region's leaders playing league games Friday except Redan, the seeding race will come down to the final day of the regular season. Westminster and Lovett (both 11-2 in region games) lead Pace Academy (10-3) by one game in the 5-AAA standings. Redan (10-4) is currently fourth. Lovett and Pace Academy go head-to-head Friday. Westminster is playing Cedar Grove who is out of playoff contention.

Pace Academy, Lovett, and Redan are all ranked in the Top Ten of the latest Georgia Dugout Club Class AAA poll. Westminster, like Adairsville, was one of the teams also considered.

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