Sylacauga extends the series
by ERICH HILKERT
Apr 20, 2013 | 1271 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sylacauga Aggies were the lone AHSAA area team that played Friday despite rainy weather that forced multiple game cancellations across the state.

The team travelled to Homewood and split a doubleheader with the Patriots, winning the second game 4-3 to keep their playoff run alive.

Homewood sported an impressive 24-4 overall record before facing Sylacauga.

The Aggies faced Wallace State signee Luke Porter on the mound in the opening game and struggled, putting one run across the plate.

Jack Smalley and Mason Schoettlin led the Patriots at the plate with two RBIs a piece as Homewood managed to overpower the Aggies with a final of 12-1 in the first game.

Despite the loss, the Aggies did not give up.

“We just got beat down pretty good the first game 12-1,” Sylacauga head coach Mike Gibbs said. “Our kids pretty much had their backs to the wall. That was what we went in saying after the first game: we’ve got to find a way to extend the series. Our kids showed a lot of guts and a lot of determination to come back and put seven solid innings together against a really good Homewood team and came out on top and we’re going to play a third game tomorrow.”

Zach Pearson and Will Green provided the team with what they needed on the mound.

“We had a strong pitching performance by Zach Pearson,” Gibbs said. “He pitched six plus innings and faced 28 batters and only walked one, maybe two, scattered a few hits here and there. We hit the ball pretty well in spurts, scored four runs and held on to win 4-3. Will Green came in and got a save, faced four batters and actually recorded all three of the outs but he came in and recorded a save, so he did well too.”

Green pitched a full inning, striking out a batter, while Pearson earned the win for six innings of work, allowing three runs and striking out two batters.

Overall, the defense backed up the pitching reasonably well, although Gibbs indicated he wished the team had not committed errors.

“We made a few plays in the field that sort of helped us,” Gibbs said. “We made a couple of errors, which allowed them to get back in the game, but overall defensively we did fine.”

The win moved Sylacauga’s overall record to 21-11 on the season.

The Aggies will play at Homewood again today with first pitch of the third and deciding game scheduled for 12 p.m.

Other AHSAA area teams have reschedule today's games as follows:

Munford will be at Oneonta with first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m.

Childersburg will host Handley in a doubleheader with first pitch also scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Fayetteville will also play host to Southeastern with first pitch of their doubleheader scheduled for 3 p.m.