MONTGOMERY – Cullman (44-9) downed Pelham 5-4 Friday night at Paterson Field in game one of the AHSAA state baseball championship series. The best-of-three series concludes Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium as the Bearcats and Panthers play game two at 10 a.m. Game three, if needed, will follow approximately at 1 p.m.
Cullman senior starter Jesse Scott (14-1) tossed a five-hitter to get the complete-game win. He had two-hitter and 5-1 lead heading into the seventh before Pelham (33-11) rallied to score three runs off three hits. Sam Finnerty (10-2), the losing pitcher, stroked a two-RBI single to pull the game to within one run before Scott got the last out on a fly out to right.
Finnerty also pitched well. He yielded nine hits but only allowed two earned runs while striking out five. Scott struck out eight.
Coach Brent Patterson’s lead-off hitter Noah Fondren had three this and scored twice to pace the Bearcats. Orvis Cuello added a double and single and RBI and Sam Huser had two hits.
Hunter Stovall added an RBI single for Pelham, coached by Sean Anderson, and Hunter Orr had a double to score one run.
The Class 7A series set to open Friday night at Patterson Field, will feature games one and two at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 and 7 p.m., following the 6A series Saturday. Thompson meets Smiths Station in the 7A finals.
All games will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
MONTGOMERY -- Mobile Christian pounded 15 hits en route to a 15-2 victory over Randolph County in the first game of the AHSAA Class 2A state baseball championship series Wednesday afternoon at Paterson Field.
Coach Talley Haines’ Leopards (29-12) scored four runs in the second inning – the big hit coming from winning pitcher Hunter Avery, who drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double off the left-field wall. Avery (11-0) finished the day with one hit and six RBIs. He allowed just three hits over five innings and struck out five to get the mound win.
Mobile Christian closed out the six-inning game with six runs in the top of the sixth.
Logan Gill, Tucker Powell and Trent Avery each had three hits for the Leopards. Chris George and Sam Ladner had two hits each with Ladner driving in three runs.
Elijah McFarland (12-3) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out five to get the loss. McFarland, Christian Benefield, Danny Simpson and Levi Phillips each had one hit for Coach Pat Prestridge’s Tigers(24-8).
Game two is set for 10 a.m. at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday morning. Should a third game be needed in the best-of-three series, it will follow immediately at approximately 1 p.m. Like Wednesday’s game, the final two games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.