Friday, January 17, 2020






Class 4A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 1 Trinity Presbyterian 3, Brooks 2

   MONTGOMERY  -- Trinity Presbyterian High School junior pitcher Robert Adams pitched a complete game and  collected four hits at the plate to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 win over Brooks Wednesday night in the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball championship series at Paterson Field.
     The game-one win sends Trinity (30-9-1) into game two at 10 a.m. at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday with a 1-0 edge in the best-of-three series.   Adams (10-1) scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out nine.  He opened the game with a single as Coach Ken Whittle’s Wildcats posted two runs in the top of the first inning. Trinity added another run off Brooks pitcher Tanner Graham in the second inning, but Graham (9-1) settled down to blank the Wildcats the rest of the way.
     Graham gave up eight hits, walked four and struck out six in his complete-game effort – getting stronger as the game moved along.
    Brooks, which stranded 12 runners for the game, scored one run in the fifth and had runners on second and third in the sixth and scored one run when Dustin Henson drilled a hard grounder back up the middle. Trinity shortstop Michael Sellers made a diving stab to keep the ball in the infield, a play that kept Coach Todd Nelms’ Lions (34-13) from tying the score.
000    John Hall had a double and RBI and Dalton Hill had an RBI single for Trinity.
    Henson finished with two hits for Brooks. Riley Phillips and Tucker Wilsdorf also had two hits for  the Lions.
     Game two is set for 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday afternoon. Should a third game be needed in the best-of-three series, it will follow immediately at approximately 7 p.m. Like Wednesday’s game, the final two games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
     Madison Academy and Geneva play at Paterson Field at 4 p.m. in game one of the Class 3A championship series Thursday, and Helena faces Russellville in the 5A series opener at 7 at Paterson.

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