STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Decatur Heritage faces deciding game after split
ABS, Danville advance with wins
From Staff Reports
Decatur Heritage will host Cedar Bluff in a deciding Class 1A state playoff game Saturday at 10 a.m.
In the best-of-three series, the two teams split a doubleheader Friday. Decatur Heritage took the first game 17-10 while losing the second 6-4.
Saturday's winner will advance to the state quarterfinals, which begin Friday.
In the opening game, Luke Adams gave the Eagles a lift on the mound and at the plate. Adams pitched six innings for the win, scattering 10 hits. He struck out three and walked two. At the plate, he slugged a grand slam in the fourth inning.
Bo Godwin contributed four singles, two RBIs and three runs. Chase Wright added two singles, a home run and six RBIs.
Drew Atchley had two doubles and two RBIs, while Brent Denson and Chris Oliver each had two singles and a pair of RBIs.
Sam Hurt added two singles, and Trent Mclemore and Zach Woodruff had one single each.
For Cedar Bluff, Michael Richardson had two singles, a home run and four RBIs. Jamie Hampton had three RBIs with a home run and three RBIs. Jim Nelson had three single, and Jarod Holcomb had two.
In the second game, Oliver went six innings on the mound for Decatur Heritage, giving up 10 hits and striking out two. At the plate, he contributed two singles and three RBIs.
Godwin, Denson, Adams and Hurt each had one single each.
For Cedar Bluff, Jamie Hampton went seven innings, giving up six hits and seven walks and striking out 13. Lane Colbert had a single and a home run, and Seth Gordon had two singles.
Athens Bible 6-12, Gaston 1-4: Joseph Baker had two singles, doubled, scored four times and knocked in three runs in the second game for Athens Bible (25-10), who won the best-of-three series on the road and will play in the state 1A quarterfinals, beginning Friday.
Will Chumbley added two singles, and Troy Steelman had a two-run double.
ABS scored three times in the fourth inning and seven times if the fifth for a 10-0 lead. Gaston added three runs in the bottom of the fifth but never got closer than that.
In the first game, Baker picked up his eighth win on the season, striking out 12 and allowing one hit in seven innings.
Will Stinnett, Chumbley and A.J. Price each had one single for the Trojans. Price also drove in a run.
ABS broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the third inning and four more in the seventh.
Danville 13-5, Holly Pond 10-4: Parker Hogan had a big day on the mound and in the field for the Hawks (20-23), who swept Holly Pond to advance to the state quarterfinals.
In the second game, Hogan struck out two and allowed two hits in four innings while also knocking two singles and one triple. In addition, he scored twice.
Dakota Wilson had one single, one double, two runs and one RBI, while Roger Smith had one single and two RBIs. Randy Thomanson singled in the winning run for the Hawks.
Jake Mahathy had a single and an RBI.
Hogan was at it in the first game as well, slugging two triples and scoring three runs.
Wilson had three singles, one double, two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases, while Bryan Rogers had one double and two RBIs. Smith had one double and one RBI, while Mahathy had three singles, one double, three stolen bases and two RBIs. Thomanson also had three singles, and Cole Veazey had one single and one triple.
Zac Ward singled and drove in two runs.
Hatton 7-2, Westbrook Christian 5-13: Westbrook pounded Hatton in the second game to force an elimination game Saturday at Westbrook at 4 p.m.
The winner will advance to the state quarterfinals.
In the second game, Will Nichols, Nathan Berryman and Darren Hand each had a single, and Anthony Parker had an RBI on a sac fly.
The Hornets (27-19) took the first game behind the two doubles and two RBIs from Chris Hutto. Zeke Nichols went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matthew Dudley was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Berryman and Tevin Terrell each had one single.
Winning pitcher Will Nichols (7-3) worked six innings and struck out three. Dudley pitched the last inning to get a save.
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