The VSU dropped a 7-4 game to Delta State in the first round of the Gulf South Conference tournament on Friday and will have to the South Region's No. 2 team today if the Blazers are to preserve their season.
Alabama-Huntsville finished the season second in the East Division with a 49-13 record, but lost to 30-24 Southern Arkansas 7-6 in nine innings on Friday. It's the second year in a row the Chargers have lost to the Muleriders in the first round.
VSU (26-39) and UAH meet at 11 a.m. today at the Veterans Park Complex in Tupelo, Miss. with the winner facing North Alabama in another elimination game at 6 p.m.
A two-run homer from Caroline Cripe in the third inning allowed VSU to claim a 4-2 lead, but Bre Myers hit her second home run of the game in the third as the Statesmen (38-24) closed within one before going back on top with Meredith Coleman's homer. Delta added two more runs in the fifth for insurance.
Bye-bye unbeaten season
Lowndes couldn't complete its Region 1 schedule unbeaten, losing to Tift County 9-5 after the Blue Devils scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. The win kept Tift alive for the playoffs, but Colquitt's 13-5 win vs. Coffee put the Packers in as the region's third seed and the Trojans finished fourth. The Vikings sewed up the region title at week ago.
The game was tied at one entering the bottom of the fifth.
Matt Harper finished with two doubles and a run scored in the regular-season finale, and R.J. Harris and John Simpson supplied RBI doubles.
But, Cook has one
The Cook baseball team completed an undefeated season in Region 1-AA with a 17-0 win against Early County on Friday in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Jonathan Fulghum and Brandon Mainor went 3-for-5, while Justin Ray also had three hits. Kyle Hamilton clobbered a three-run home run and Blake Mainor added two doubles.
The Hornets (19-5, 12-0) open the playoffs at home Friday against Toombs County in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
On to the finals
The Hamilton County baseball team advanced to the final of its district tournament with a 5-2 win against Branford in a game postponed from Thursday due to rain.
The Trojans (17-7) face the winner of Friday's late game between Lafayette Mayo and Chiefland in Chiefland at 1 p.m. today.
Austin Gaver (5-5) relieved in the second inning and took the win by allowing two hits and one walk the rest of the way. Pablo Garcia and starter Daniel Deas added doubles.
A measure of pride
The Brooks County baseball team avoided two dubious distinctions with a 10-3 win against Mitchell-Baker on Friday in Camilla. The victory prevented the team from finishing with 20 losses (7-19 overall) or 10 defeats in Regiona 1-AA (3-9).
Danny Storey had a huge game in the season finale, driving in three runs and scoring three more on a 3-for-4 night. Bobby Higgs added two RBI and Phil Copeland went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Starter Nick Jones doubled and earned his second win by allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and seven walks, but escaped a few jams behind eight strikeouts.
Berrien drops to No. 3
By Greg Kohntopp
THOMASVILLE -- The Thomasville Bulldogs came through with their best effort when it really counted. Needing to beat Berrien by seven runs to earn the No. 2 seed in the Class AA playoffs, the Bulldogs (11-11, 9-3) scored 10 runs in the first two innings as they rolled to an 11-0 victory Friday on senior night.
"We did everything right," Thomasville coach Erik McDougald said. "We played solid baseball. Words can't describe how proud I am of these guys."
The Bulldogs knocked four hits in the first inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But they didn't stop there. They sent 11 men to the plate in the second, scoring seven runs
The back-breaking blow came off the bat of Ryan Cason. He blasted a three-run double off the center field wall, scoring David Ashton, Drew Garber and Gunter Bullock, making it 9-0.
"That was the big hit," McDougald said. "He was down 0-2 (in the count) and it was an ugly 0-2. But he made good contact and smoked the ball."
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