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Winlandís arm, glove help ABS edge Covenant

From Staff Reports

Left-fielder Jonathan Winlandís glove and arm helped Athens Bible advance to the Class 1A state baseball semifinals.

Winland made two sparkling defensive plays in the last inning as ABS beat Covenant Christian 9-7 in the deciding game of a best-of-three quarterfinal series Saturday.

In a Friday doubleheader, ABS won the opener 6-2 before falling 4-0 in the second contest.

Athens Bible will face Hackleburg at home in the best-of-three semifinals. Theyíll meet in a Friday doubleheader at ABS at 1 p.m., followed by a third game Saturday if necessary.

On Saturday, the Trojans scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom half of the inning.

The first batter hit a shot down the left field line, but Winland fielded it cleanly and threw to second base to nail the runner, who was trying to stretch his hit into a double. The next two batters walked, and a passed ball moved them to second and third.

The next batter lined a shot at Winland, who made the catch on the run. The runner at third tried to score, but Winlandís throw nailed him at the plate.

ABS took the lead with two runs on three hits in the top of the inning.

The Trojansí Troy Steelman led off with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Brewer.

Will Chumbleyís single moved Brewer to third, and Chumbley followed with a stolen base.

Ryan Morring brought home Brewer with a sacrifice fly, and Joseph Baker scored Chumbley with a double.

ABS had a 7-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Covenant Christian scored five unearned runs on two hits and three errors.

At the plate, Baker finished with two doubles and three RBIs.

Will Stinnett had a double, a single and an RBI.

A.J. Price had a double and two RBIs, and Steelman finished with a double and a single. Morring singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Connor Brown had an RBI double, and Jordan Pugh had an RBI single.

Winland had a single.

Freshman pitcher Jesse Gibson worked the first 6 1/3 innings before Morring pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, picking up the win along the way.

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