OZARK—It will be the Alabama Southern Eagles against the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates for the championship of the ACCC Baseball Tournament. That, after the Eagles won a pair of games Tuesday in the loser's bracket. The championship game is slated for 2 p.m. Thursday.
After defeating Jeff Davis earlier in the afternoon, the Eagles crushed the Faulkner Sun Chiefs Tuesday night. Behind a five-run sixth inning, the Eagles went on to easily win the game 12-4. The game ended after the seventh inning because of the run rule.
The Eagles will need to defeat CVCC twice in order to claim the title. Chattahoochee Valley is the nation's number one ranked junior college team.
The Eagles held a slim 4-3 lead going into the sixth inning before breaking the game open. It began with a single to center rfield from Jean Figueroa. After a flyout, Brandon Harrell singled to left field, which was followed by another fly out. With two outs, everything seemed under control.
But then Reese walked. That was followed by a double from Rakeen Quinn. The ball landed just inside the right field line and two runs scored. The ninth place hitter, Jordan Anderson, then delivered a triple to straight-away center field and two more runs score. That led to a pitching change. But it didn't make a difference as Ryan Calloway doubled to left field and yet another run scored. When the inning was over, the Eagles held a 9-3 lead.
But if there was any doubt, the Eagles tacked on three more runs in the seventh. An RBI triple from Reese scored two, while a third run scored on an error. That last run turned out to be big. Since Faulkner scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, that made a difference in the game ending early.
The Pirates got 12 hits in the game. They were lead by Calloway who went three 3-for-4 with an RBI. Kyle Reese was 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs, and Trevor Flynn was 2-3 with an RBI.
Dylan Kiene went the distance to pick up the win. He gave up eight hits and struck out only one. Garrett Waters took the loss for Faulkner.
Alabama Southern 11, Jeff Davis 0
It was clear from the beginning that the Jeff Davis Warhawks had run out of gas and out of pitching. The Alabama Southern Eagles had no sympathy. The Eagles pounded out 17 hits and ran away this contest 11-0. The game ended after seven innings because of the run rule.
Alabama Southern pitcher Mitchell Morris pitched a complete game for the Eagles. He only gave up seven hits while striking out five.
If there was a bright spot for the Jeff Davis, it was relief pitcher Tyler Henry. It wasn't just what Henry did in this game, but in the tournament as a whole. Henry pitched five consecutive days—every game Jeff Davis played in the tournament. Tuesday against Alabama Southern, he pitched four more innings. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.
However the loss went to Garrett Davis of Skipperville. Davis only lasted three innings. He gave up five runs and seven hits in that short span.
Alabama Southern scored two runs in the second, three runs in the third, one in the fourth, and the five run seventh inning ended the game.
The Eagles' leading hitter was Trevor Flyn who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Jean Figueroa went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
Pictured: Alabama Southern's Mitchell Morris threw a complete game shut out