Childersburg eliminated from AHSAA playoffs following sweep by Beauregard
by LAVONTE YOUNG
CHILDERSBURG – The Beauregard Hornets swept the Childersburg Tigers to advance the third round of Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A playoffs.

Beauregard won the first game 3-2 in 10 innings and they used a huge sixth inning in the second game to defeat Childersburg, 5-3. Childersburg finished the season 31-8.

“I told you the other day if they play their best and we play our best it would be a heck of series,” Childersburg head coach Chad Slaten said. “We did play our best, but we played really hard and it was a great series to watch. Unfortunately, we fell on the short in both game and we had opportunities in both of them to win. I just told my team all I ever asked them to do is play hard for me. They are dirty, they are filthy and you can tell they just went through two hard ball games. We came up short, but that doesn’t take away what they done this year. They are one heck of a ball team. I tip my hat to Beauregard, they did a great job and they have a great ball club. They won the series, but my guys did all I ever asked them to do. They played hard and got after it. They can go home tonight and look in the mirror before they go to bed and they can know without a shadow of doubt that they left everything on that field. If you do that you are going to be successful in baseball and you are going to be successful in life. They are learning and it is a learning process. They learned a lot tonight. They are hurting , I am hurting and that’s what makes athletes so great. This doesn’t happen often, but I just left a locker room of boys and they are all coming back.”

The Tigers loss the first game, 3-2 in heart breaking fashion in 10 innings.

Zach Walls hit a two run homer over the left field wall off Will Donahoo with two out to give Beauregard a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning.

Childersburg battled back their way back into the game in the bottom half of the frame.

Zach Lightsey hit a single to right field to score Justin Baker to make it 3-2. Reeves Brashear walked to load the bases with one out. Peyton Logan hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end their scoring threat and ended the game.

“I am proud man, we just beat a good club,” Beauregard head coach AJ Kheoe said . “We came in here knowing that it was going to be a war. They gave us everything that we wanted. I am proud of our kids, they found away to preserve, resilience and they found away to win.”

Childersburg’s Reeves Brashear and Beauregard’s Jesse Coleman put on a pitching exhibition in the first game.

Brashear earned a no decision. The junior allowed six hits, two walks , a run and struck out nine batters in nine innings of action.

Brashear worked out jams to keep the scoreless in the sixth innings. With a runner on third base and one out, the junior struck out a batter and forced a flyout to end the inning.

In the eighth inning, a throwing error on Childersburg catcher on a throw to second base allowed to move to third base.

A few pitches later, Peyton Williamson scored on a pass ball to put the Hornets up 1-0.

The Tigers battled back in the bottom half of the frame. Baker led off the inning with a triple to right field. Alex Bentley hit a single down the first base line to score Baker to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the ninth inning, with two outs and a runner on third base Justin Baker made a leaping catch against the left field wall to save a run and end the inning.



In the second game, the Hornets scored four runs in the sixth inning to defeat Childersburg, 5-3.

Jamel Roston hit a grounder to score Lightsey to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, Peyton Logan hit a single to left field to score Tylan Coleman, who pitch runner for pitcher Zach Lightsey to increase the Tigers lead to 2-0.

In the bottom half of the frame, Langly grounded out to the short stop, which allowed a run to come in to make it 2-1.

In the top of the fifth inning, Peyton Logan got caught into a run down against between first and second base, which allowed Brashear to score from third base to make it 3-1.

After being dominant in the first five innings, Lightsey struggled in the sixth inning.

Walls hit a single to right field to score Langley to cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Coleman hit a single in the gap between first and second base to score Rivers to tie the game at 3-3.

Hank Scott hit a single to score Walls to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead. Brandan Knowles hit a sacrifice fly to score a runner from third base to give Beauregard a 5-3 lead.

Slaten said he felt bad for both pitchers on Friday.

“I felt really bad for Reeves and Zach,” Slaten said. “ Reeves battled, he gave us a chance to win. We had some many chance to win. We didn’t get it done because we didn’t want too. We tired our best and it just didn’t happen for us. Reeves battled so hard and that what kind of person that he is and what kind of player he is. Zach came in and they had that one big inning and it could have been a lot worst. He settled down and mowed them down. He gave a chance to make some noise in the seventh inning and we just didn’t get it done.”

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