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Class 4A Baseball Championship Series -- Game 2 Trinity Presbyterian Sweeps To Title with 8-5 Win over Brooks

MONTGOMERY  -- Trinity Presbyterian High School pounded 13 hits and scored seven runs early as the Wildcats beat Brooks 8-5 to claim the 2015 AHSAA Class 4A state baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday night.
      Junior Robert Adams, who pitched the 3-2 win in game one Wednesday night, was 3-for-3 Thursday to finish the series a perfect 7-for-7 in the two wins to earn Class 4A championship series MVP.
    The state title was the first in Class 4A for Coach Ken Whittle’s Wildcats (31-9-1), who have now won six state championships – at least one in each of five decades starting with the Class 1A title in 1985.  Trinity also became the first school in AHSAA baseball playoff history to win state crowns in four different classifications (1A, 2A, 3A and 4A).  The Wildcats have won three state championships in the last four seasons.
     Thursday’s championship did not come easily, however. Brooks (34-14), making its third championship appearance since 2011, took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and clawed back into the game with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth thanks to some clutch hitting by designated hitter Matthew Moore. He had a double and single and three RBIs. Riley Phillips also had a single, scored a run and had an RBI, and Tanner Graham had one hit and two runs scored for Coach Todd Nelms’ Lions.
     Trinity pounded 13 hits, including three doubles and a triple, but left 10 runners on base.  Dalton Hill had two hits and two RBIs, Trace Johnston slugged a double and triple and collected two RBIs, and Charlie Leisy had a double, a single and three RBIs. Mitchell Sellers had two hits.
    Whittle had go into his bullpen using three pitchers to seal the win. Starter Connor Franklin (4-1) tossed 4 1/3 innings allowing five hits and all five runs – two unearned. He struck out two. Dalton Hill pitched 1 2/3 innings in middle relief facing the minimum five batters. Leisy pitched the final inning to get the save.
     Brooks used four pitchers with starter Dustin Henson (8-2) getting the loss.
     Championship action returns to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. with Geneva facing Madison Academy in game two of the Class 3A state championship series at 10 a.m. If needed, game three will be follow immediately at approximately 1 p.m.
       The Class 5A best-of-three series featuring Helena and Russellville continues at 4 p.m. Friday a Riverwalk Stadium. At Paterson Field Friday, Pelham takes on Cullman at 4 p.m. in the first game of the Class 6A state championship series, and Thompson faces Smiths Station in the first game of the 7A championship series at 7 p.m.
    The 6A and 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with 6A getting underway at 10 a.m., and 7A at 4 p.m.
       All games at Paterson Field and Riverwalk Stadium Friday will live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
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