AHSAA PLAYOFF RECAP: ACA advances with sweep of Headland
ACA shortstop Michael Taylor turns a double play as Headland’s Hunter Bower slides into second in the Eagles’ sweep on Saturday. (Staff Photo)
Alabama Christian Academy got two solid pitching performances to advance to the second round of the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball playoffs on Saturday.
The Eagles (24-11) eliminated Headland with a doubleheader sweep, 2-1 and 7-2, at the ACA Field. The first-round games were moved from Friday due to inclement weather.
Sophomore Chandler Taylor won the first game, going the full seven innings. The left hander allowed a run while striking out eight. He had three walks. He also singled and scored the tying run in the sixth inning.
The winning run in Game 1 came from a Sam Moody single with one out in the seventh.
In Game 2, Ricky Solar pitched a complete game to lead ACA. He struck out four while giving up five hits. He was also part of a five-run fourth inning when the Eagles took the lead for good. He along with Tanner Parham, Patrick Cox and Hudson Pugh had singles in the inning.
Next up for the Eagles is Charles Henderson (32-3), which eliminated Brewbaker Tech with a sweep on Saturday. The Trojans beat the Rams, 3-1 and 20-1, to advance.
ACA will be the host team on Friday when the two teams meet. The Eagles lost earlier in the season to the Trojans, 10-2.
Playing in its first playoff series since 2008, Montgomery Catholic earned a split in its best of 3 series against Geneva in Class 3A action. The Knights dropped the first game, 9-6, but Matt Brooks scored the winning run in the top of the seventh to extend the series to a third game with a 7-6 victory.
The two teams meet again on Monday at Catholic Field.
Montgomery Academy also advanced in Class 3A, defeating Hale County in three games. The Eagles got a no hitter from Jackson Mueller in Game 1, winning 6-0. Mueller struck out 13 and walked two in the win. Hale County needed and extra frame to win Game 2, 11-4. But MA won the deciding Game 3 on Saturday, 11-10, on Jimmy Massey’s single.
The Eagles (17-11) will face area foe Prattville Christian in the second round after the Panthers eliminated Francis Marion in easy fashion. PCA (22-7) won with two shut outs, 19-0 and 18-0. The two teams meet in Prattville beginning Friday.
Trinity began its defense of the 2012 Class 3A championship with a hard-fought win over Gordo. The Wildcats (25-7) swept the Green Wave, 3-1 and 6-5, to advance. Brock Stevens and Zach Reid were the winning pitchers.
Other winners from the River Region in first-round action included Billingsley (over Wadley, 7-6, 12-2) in 1A and Marbury (over Selma, 7-2, 15-1) in 5A. Teams eliminated included Prattville, Sidney Lanier and Robert E. Lee in 6A and Elmore County in 4A.
In AISA, Macon-East Montgomery and Eastwood both advanced with first-round sweeps.