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HARPERSVILLE — Coosa Valley Academy put up 25 runs en route to a doubleheader sweep of South Montgomery Thursday in the first round of the AISA Class A state playoffs.
“It feels good,” said CVA head coach Bobby Hughes. “It all starts with our pitching, and our pitching carried us all year. They set the tone. Our guys put the ball in the barrel tonight, and that’s why we won.”
The Rebels now turn their attention to Cornerstone in the second round.
“Cornerstone is a big rival for us; our guys get up for that,” Hughes said. “It will be a good series. Whoever wins that game has a good shot at winning the championship at the end of the year.”
CVA improved to 37-6 with the wins, while South Montgomery dropped to 5-17.
“(CVA) is a good team, and this has been one of those seasons where we started strong, with 19 players and we brought 10 tonight, so it was just one of those years,” said South Montgomery head coach Andy Whatley.
In Game 1, Saxon Grimes got things going for CVA in the first inning. His two-out double to left allowed John Bullen and Jarrod Mims to score runs, putting the Rebels up 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, the Rebels took control of the game by scoring eight runs.
Preston Parker’s double brought in Cody Wood from second base to make it 3-0.
A single from Hunter Roe increased the CVA lead to 5-0, as Parker and Bullen both scored on the play.
Pinch runner Ryan Batson came in on a single from Mims, making it 6-0.
Mims came home following a hit from Grimes. Myles Varner batted in Grimes to give CVA an 8-0 lead with a blast to the left field gap. Varner came home after a single from Garrett McMillan. Then Wood, running for McMillan, scored following a triple from Parker.
South Montgomery loaded the bases in the top of the fourth. A wild pitch from Hunter Roe to McMillan, the catcher, caused South Montgomery’s Jared Edge to take off from third. McMillan scrambled to get the ball against the wall, and tossed it to Roe, who tagged Edge and saved the run from being scored.
Running for McMillan, Cody Garrett scored CVA’s final run after a sacrifice fly ball from Bullen’s bat.
Chase Sanders scored South Montgomery’s only run in the top of the fifth.
Roe got the win on the mound, pitching four innings while giving up three hits and striking out five.
Kyle Baston pitched one inning, gave up one hit and struck out one batter.
In Game 2, Bullen tagged up from third to score the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly ball from Roe in the first.
In the second inning, Winslett and Parker scored off a single from Cryer, making it 3-0. Cryer then scored off a single from Bullen.
A single from Roe allowed Bullen and Wood to score, as the Rebels put up five runs in the second inning.
In the third, Parker scored on a single from Winslett, who later stole second base.
Cryer’s single brought Winslett home, making it 8-0.
McMillan batted in Cryer and Bullen to put CVA up 10-0. Roe batted in Wood to make it 11-0. Mims then batted in Roe with a double for the game’s 12th run.
Montgomery pitcher Kyle Whatley was pulled for Edge following the Roe run.
South Montgomery’s Gauge Ballard scored off a right field error to cut the lead to 12-1, but it was too little too late.
After a scoreless fourth inning, pinch runner Taylor Sims scored CVA’s 13th run on an error in the fifth.
Daniel Kennedy got the win in the second game. He gave up two hits with three strikeouts in four innings.
Nick Bates pitched the last inning, striking out three.
For South Montgomery, Sanders had two doubles and one RBI in both games combined.
Trent Parham took the loss in Game 1, while Kyle Whatley took the second loss.
CVA will host Cornerstone Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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