Montgomery Academy 11-1, Dadeville 0-3
DADEVILLE – Landon Meadows had a two-run single in a five-run third and struck out 12 Dadeville batters to lead Montgomery Academy to an 11-0 win over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
Dadeville used a three-run home run by Jake Outlaw in the second game to salvage a split with a 3-1 victory, forcing a third game on Saturday at noon to decide the best-of-three series in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
In the first game, Meadows went the distance, allowing just three hits – a leadoff single by Outlaw in the first which was erased on a double play on a sacrifice bunt, a sixth-inning single by Outlaw and a seventh-inning single by Ty Bell.
The MA offense, meanwhile, scored five runs in the third, two more in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Jon Clarke Woodward went 4 for 5 and drove in a run, scoring in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Britton Kohn, batting just ahead of Woodward, went 2 for 3 and scored in the same four innings. Meadows drove in three runs in the game and Trey Lindsey went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
In the second game, Tripp McKinley struck out 12 batters and allowed just two hits in 6.1 innings against the Eagles. Thomas Speaks had a leadoff double in the third and later scored Montgomery Academy’s only run. Kohn had the only other hit for MA (12-10).
Outlaw went 2 for 4 for Dadeville (20-9), including the huge three-run blast that kept the Tigers’ playoff hopes alive.
Cam Holmes took the loss for MA, allowing four hits in four innings while striking out two.
Trinity 6-3, Headland 2-0
HEADLAND – Trinity got standout pitching performances from Trace Bright and Camden Lovrich to turn back the Rams 6-2 and 3-0 in a doubleheader sweep of the first round of the 3A state baseball playoffs on Friday.
Trinity (23-7) will either play at Handley or play host to Greensboro in the second round.
In the first game, Bright struck out seven and allowed just three hits over six innings, winning his matchup with Headland ace Bryce Cunningham, who struck out seven in 6.2 innings of work.
In the second game, Headland (12-11) managed just one hit off of Lovrich, an infield single by Ben Tew in the third inning. Lovrich struck out 11 in a complete-game performance.
Macon East Academy 4-14, Springwood School 1-0
CECIL – Macon East snapped out of their late season slump with a resounding sweep of Springwood in the first round of the AISA AAA state baseball playoffs, winning 4-1 in the first game and 14-0 in the second.
Tucker Neven held Springwood in check in the first game, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine and walking none in a complete-game performance.
Jackson Ceman, Derrick Hooks and Dustin Jones each had a pair of hits to lead the Knights’ offense.
In the second game, Tanner McNaughton allowed just three hits while striking out four and walking none in a complete-game performance that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
The Knights’ offense broke open the game in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs as McNaughton, Parker Whittle, Colby Cox and Neven each had RBIs. Brock Taunton went 3 for 4 to lead the offense, while Whittle and Jones also had multiple hits.
Macon East (27-11) travels to Selma next week to play Morgan in the second round of the playoffs.
St. James 9, Jeff Davis 3
Savannah Christian held the Volunteers in check, striking out four of the 13 batters she faced as St. James defeated Jeff Davis 9-3 on Thursday.
Morgan Parish went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead the Trojans in hits. Macie Wilson, Bellah Bright and KK Hall each had a pair of RBIs for St. James.
Prattville Christian Academy 12, Tallassee 10
TALLASSEE – Two teams that have put together successful seasons with pitching and defense turned to offense on Thursday at Southside Middle School, with Prattville Christian and Tallassee combining for 28 hits in an offensive slugfest.
Madison Hanson was 4-5 and scored twice to lead PCA, while Paisley Wilson was 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. Kathryn Fallen was 3 for 5, McKenzie Montgomery was 2 for 3 and scored three times and Carolyn Carter added a three-run double. Landyn McAnnally picked up the win in the circle.
Jordan Walters took the loss for Tallassee.
PCA (32-4-1) will face Pleasant Home in the opening round of the Andalusia tournament on Friday.
Prattville Christian 0, Stanhope Elmore 0
MILLBROOK – The Panthers and the Mustangs fought to a scoreless tie on Thursday night, with CoCo Thomas recording her eighth shutout of the season in goal. PCA (6-3-3) will host Wetumpka on Tuesday.
In the junior varsity boys’ game, Michael McCarty had the Panthers’ lone goal with an assist from Jake Davis as the Panthers dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision. PCA (6-2) will host Wetumpka on Tuesday.