The Eagles split the first two games of their second-round playoff series vs. South Lamar on Friday.
Both games came down to the final batter with the Eagles earning a 5-4 victory in the opener and South Lamar picking up a 4-3 win in the second game.
The decisive game 3 is scheduled for noon today.
Sumiton Christian came one hit away from a sweep of South Lamar.
Entering the seventh inning down three runs, the Eagles pushed across two runs and put both the tying and winning runners in scoring position.
That’s where the rally ended.
Sumiton Christian’s final batter struck out, giving South Lamar the win and pushing the series to today.
“We battled and battled and had a chance to win. It just didn’t work out for us,” Sumiton Christian coach Lance Blair said of the second game. “The kids competed fiercely. Any time you have a chance to win, that’s all you can ask for.”
Sumiton Christian (19-11) got stellar pitching on the day.
Tristan Alexander got the win, giving up one earned run in 6 1/3 innings in the opener while Mikah Abbott got the save. Tristan Weldon allowed just one earned runs is five innings in the nightcap while Aaron Patterson gave up an unearned run in one inning of work.
“Tristan Alexander threw another gem right there. Mikah came in and nailed it down. Sometimes that’s what your ace has to do. In the second game, Tristan Weldon pitched a great game. He gave us everything he had and Aaron Patterson came in and did his job,” Blair added.
Abbott will go for Sumiton Christian in today’s game.
Sumiton Christian won the opener 5-4, taking the lead when two runs scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning.
South Lamar put the tying runner in scoring position with one out in the seventh, but Sumiton Christian’s Abbott struck out the final two batters to lock up the victory.
Sumiton Christian jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The game was scoreless until an Austin Clark double drove in the first two runs. Abbott followed with an RBI double.
South Lamar (18-9) battled back to take the lead.
The Stallions scored one run in the top of the fourth on a Holden Fields single and added three more in the fifth.
Dillon Wilson, Zack Foster and Tyler Lucas recorded three straight singles to plate one run and Kyle Aldridge struck with a two-run double to give the Stallions a 4-3 lead. Aldridge was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a triple to end the inning.
The Eagles bounced back with a two-out rally in the fifth. Abbott and Evan Love both singled with two outs and both scored on a wild pitch for the tying and leading runs.
Sumiton Christian starting pitcher Alexander gave way to Abbott with one out and a runner on second base in the top of the seventh inning.
He struck out Zach Foster and Tyler Lucas to end the game.
Alexander got the win, allowing six hits and not walking a batter in 6 1/3 innings.
Abbott was 2 for 3 with an RBI while Clark, Joseph Thompson and Alexander each added hits.
South Lamar 4, Sumiton Christian 3
South Lamar won game two despite leaving 14 runners on base, including eight in scoring position. The Stallions left the bases loaded in the second, third and fifth innings.
South Lamar took advantage of six Sumiton Christian errors and scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Sumiton Christian took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Austin Bice doubled with one out, took third base on a passed ball and scored on a Thompson groundout.
South Lamar notched the score in the third inning when Kyle Aldridge drew a one out walk and scored on Tucker Holliman’s two-out double. In the fourth, Zack Foster drew a lead off walk and scored on a throwing error.
Sumiton Christian left fielder Clark threw out Lane Tate at the plate to prevent another run from scoring.
South Lamar pushed its lead to 3-1 in the fifth. Holliman reached on an infield single, moved to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Stallions final run came across in the sixth when Fields doubled and scored on an error.
The Eagles didn’t go down easily in the seventh inning.
Chandler Oates started the inning off with a walk. After a strikeout, Spencer Black singled.
Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Tristan Alexander singled in Oates to cut the gap to 4-2.
With one out, Clark popped out to the catcher and Black was able to beat the catcher to the plate for another run.
Abbott was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base, giving Sumiton Christian runners at second and third before Love struck out to end the game.
South Lamar’s Dave Cole got the save after recording the final out. Fields earned the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He had three strikeouts.
For Sumiton Christian, Tristan Weldon took the loss. He gave up three runs — one earned — on five hits, four walks and three hit batters. He struck out three. Patterson went the final inning, giving up one unearned run on one hit and a walk.
At the plate, Bice was 3 for 3 with a double and a run, Clark was 1 for 3 with a double, Alexander was 1 for 4 with an RBI and Black was 1 for 3 with a run.