Regardless of lacking the playoffs, Florala rallied for an 11-9 win over Purple Stage Monday and capped the 2022 baseball marketing campaign with an 8-6 win Tuesday towards Laurel Hill.
“I am proud of this team, especially my junior group who all started with me in the eighth grade. Many of them then were far from being the players they are now, and some had never picked up a baseball before. It makes me proud to see them succeed as players and men. This year’s team had the most wins for Florala since 2014. There were no seniors and nine eighth and ninth graders. We have had our share of highs and lows this year, but they put in hard work and finished strong. We are very proud of them and look forward to getting to our next step in 2023,” stated Head Coach Tyler Zessin.
Florala 11, Purple Stage 9
The Wildcats (12-13) took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kennith Dalton Jackson had an RBI single and drove residence Colby Strickland with the primary run. John Howell reached on an error as Jackson scored, whereas Ayden Brooks knocked an RBI single and introduced in Howell. The Tigers (6-9) responded with 5 runs within the third inning. Connor Blackwell roped a single and despatched Caleb Padgett to the plate with the preliminary run. Walker Simmons adopted with a single, whereas Blackwell and Simmons every scored on miscues and tied the rating at 3-3. Grayson Hodges added a two-run single as Tracy Coxwell and Brock Skipper scored for a 5-3 lead. Brooks used one other RBI single and trimmed the deficit to 5-4 when Howell scored within the backside half.
RLS put two runners aboard within the fourth however was held scoreless. Three straight hits and a sacrifice bunt led to 5 runs and gave FHS a 9-5 lead. Purple Stage answered again with a three-spot and closed the hole to 9-8 within the fifth with RBIs by Padgett, Simmons, and Skipper. Howell then earned a two-out, two-run single and gave Florala an 11-8 lead after 5 innings. Buddy Griffin had an RBI single within the sixth and cashed in Hodges with the ultimate run of the competition. After the Wildcats went quietly within the backside half, the Tigers loaded the bases within the prime of the seventh and got here up empty when Seth Bundy preserved the win.
Simmons paced Purple Stage and went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, whereas Griffin completed 2-for-5 with a run and one RBI. Hodges added a 1-for-3 displaying with two runs and two RBIs. Jackson led Florala at 3-for-4 and tallied three runs scored with three RBIs. Howell was additionally 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, as Brooks notched a 2-for-4 outing and grabbed two RBIs.
Florala 8, Laurel Hill 6
Strickland held Laurel Hill off the board and, Florala loaded the bases within the backside of the primary with no outs. Howell had a sacrifice fly and scored Zamora, who took a leadoff stroll. Neither aspect mustered something within the second and stored the rating 1-0. The Hoboes (4-9) took a 2-1 lead with two outs within the prime of the third. Aaron Smith drew a stroll and scored the tying run on an RBI double by Josh Senterfitt. After advancing to 3rd on a wild pitch, Senterfitt scored on an error. Jackson opened the house half with an extended residence run and tied the rating. Christian Greasham knocked a two-out single and plated Howell because the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead after three innings.
Strickland wanted solely seven pitches for a 1-2-3 prime of the fourth. FHS added to its lead and cashed in a pair of walks to Strickland and Jackson. Bundy ripped an RBI single via the left aspect for a 6-2 lead. Benny Hudson rallied again to get the final two outs. LHS pulled inside a run on a two-run single from Senterfitt and an RBI groundout by Levi Reed within the fifth. Strickland then drew a bases-loaded stroll within the residence half, and an error despatched Zamora residence for an 8-5 lead. Strickland labored a nine-pitch sixth and retired the aspect so as. Following a quiet backside of the sixth, Reed reduce the deficit to 8-6 within the closing inning. Strickland struck out Likelihood Oglesby and extinguished the rally.
Greasham went 1-for-1 with a run scored and an RBI. Jackson, Howell, Bundy, and Brooks every added a success for Florala within the win. Strickland earned the complete-game win and allowed six runs (4 earned) on 5 hits. He struck out seven and walked 5. Senterfitt paced Laurel Hill with a 3-for-4 day and had three RBIs with a run scored. Hudson absorbed the loss and allowed six runs (two earned) on 5 hits in 4 innings. He struck out eight and walked six. Neal Twitty pitched two scoreless frames in aid.