Is there any way that day 4 in Montgomery can top what we saw on day 3?
Can’t wait to find out.
Perennial forces Auburn and Hoover will decide the Class 7A championship, while either Mobile Christian or Oneonta will claim the 4A title. Auburn and Mobile Christian each lead their series 1-0.
This week’s final series (3A) also begins with Bayside Academy hosting Phil Campbell at Paterson Field. Both of these teams are looking for their first state title.
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FINAL, Class 7A Game 3: Auburn 7, Hoover 6
(Auburn wins Series 2-1)
15:31 and gives them an end: Hoover has scored 2 runs to cut it to 7-6. The bases are full of Bucs with 2 outs at the bottom of the seventh. Auburn makes a pitching change. Leadoff man Cade Carr brings the game to his bat. Ryan Olson is back for relief trying to nail it.
15:14, Another chance: Jack Campbell receives an ugly foul to end the inning. Another chance for Hoover, after 7-4. Title of the line now. Tanner Phillips is still on the mound for Auburn.
15:04, a big answer: Auburn gets a run back on Patrick McGlon’s RBI double. He has three hits and two RBIs in this game. Tigers have the bases loaded with two out. Jack Campbell in to play for Walter Ford. Hoover needs one out badly, already after with 7-4 in the top of the seventh.
14:57, 2-run game: Hoover settles for two and cuts the lead to 6-4 on the way to the bottom of the sixth inning.
14:50, Auburn adds: The Tigers now go up 6-2 at the top of the sixth.
14:30, Nothing for the Bucs: Hoover can not score in the top of the fifth. Auburn leads 5-2 in Game 3.
14:02, Third time is the charm? Hoover goes to his third pitcher in the game. Walter Ford is coming back. He also struck out in Game 2. He inherits two runners and no outs at the bottom of the fourth.
13:58, sloppy game: Sloppy bottom of the fourth for Hoover. The Bucs have made three mistakes, resulting in another Auburn race. The Tigers now lead 5-2 with one runner on first and none out.
13.50, After 3.5 laps: Auburn leads Hoover 4-2. Matthew Rhodes is still starting the game for the Tigers.
13:32, for a steal: Hoovers RJ Hamilton singles and steals second and third. Auburn coach Matt Cimo came out to argue for the game on the third to no avail. However, Bucs can not score. Tigers cling to a 3-2 lead that leads to the bottom of the third.
13:16, after 2: Auburn’s Will Turner singles and steals number two, but is picked out. The Tigers still lead 3-2 in Game 3.
12:46, Finne en lund: Auburn has warmed up at the bottom of the first half. The Tigers have scored three races and have the bases loaded. Hoover starter Colin Rengering only got one out. Tyler Wilson in for relief. Wilson comes out of it with a line-drive double play, but Auburn leads 3-1 after 1.
12:41, Early management: Hoover takes an early lead again on Evan Radford’s RBI double. Bucs lead 1-0 after half time.
12:35, running: Hoover’s Cade Carr extends to the left, and we’re in the championship game.
12:29, matchups: Auburn becomes home team in Game 3. The Tigers send Matthew Rhodes to the mound. Hoover counters with Colin Rengering.
FINAL TRACKING: CLASS 7A Game 2: Hoover 8, Auburn 2
12:02, let’s play 2: Hoover defeated Auburn 8-2 in match 2. We get a decisive match 3 after a short break.
11:46, out of the jam: Walter Ford gives up one race, but works out further problems at the top of the sixth. Hoover still leads 7-2. Evan Pope will start the bottom half of the game on the mound for the Tigers. Hoover has led all the way and tried to force Game 3.
11:39, Pitching changes: Hoover coach Adam Moseley goes to the mound to get Matthew Hawsey at the top of the sixth. Auburn has runners on second and third with one out, behind 7-1. Walter Ford comes in to try to close it.
11:31, adds: Hoover adds a race to the fifth on Sean Agsalud’s RBI single. Bucs leads 7-1 to sixth.
11:15, towards the fifth: Hoover goes in order. Reliever Ryan Olson has retired seven straight for the Tigers.
11:10, halfway home: Hoover leads Auburn 6-1 after 3.5 innings.
10:59, Fast play for the Tigers: After 3 finished, Hoover leads 6-0. Auburn won Game 1 Wednesday night.
10:54, 1-2-3: Easy game for Hoovers Matthew Hawsey. He has retired six in a row. The Bucs lead 6-0 toward the bottom of the third.
10:49, Build the lead: Hoover strikes at three in second. The big battle was a two-run single from Carter Short. Bucs leaves the bases loaded, but leads game 2, 6-0 after 2 rounds.
10:34, quick hook: Maroon shifting jugs at the bottom of the other. Jack Tullier after 1.1 innings. Ryan Olson enters. Bucs up 3-0 with one runner on second.
10:21, end 1: Jack Tullier puts Hoover down after the home race. Bucs leads 3-0 against others.
10:07, Start: We are running Game 2 in the 7A series. Hoover’s Matthew Hawsey works on top of the first in a nice way. The Bucs will strike at left-hander Jack Tullier.
09.43, Pitching matchups: Auburn sends Jack Tullier to the mound for Game 2. Hoover counters with Matthew Hawsey. Bucs must win to force a game 3.
09:16, first match: Two multi-year champions back at it today on the Riverwalk with the 7A title at stake. Hoover won crowns in 1972, 1981, 2008 and 2017. Auburn won titles in 2009, 2010 and 2018. The Tigers also won Wednesday night’s opener 9-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
At Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery
CLASS 7A games 2 (and 3 if necessary): Auburn (34-6) vs. Hoover (26-20), 10 am
CLASS 4A games 2 (and 3 if necessary): Mobile Christian (34-4) vs. Oneonta (25-6), Riverwalk Stadium, 4 p.m.
CLASS 3A Game 1: Bayside Academy (27-7) vs. Phil Campbell (38-5), Paterson Field, 6 p.m.
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