Tornadoes eliminated in third round of State Class 3A playoffs
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes made it to the third round of the State Class 3A state baseball playoffs before being eliminated by Sumrall Monday night.
The Tornadoes battled past McLaurin in the first round and then bested Franklin County in three games. But Sumrall proved too much as they won their series 8-3 and 17-2.
Philadelphia finished the season with a 17-14 record.
"I'm pleased with what we have accomplished this season," first-year Head Coach Cody Freeman said. "You have to see how far this team has come from the start of the season. They have battled hard."
Freeman said the Tornadoes would try to play in a league this summer to continue this progress.
In their first game with Franklin County, the Tornadoes won 5-3. Johntreal Pickens was the winning pitcher. Greg Eiland hit a home run.
They then dropped game two 14-0. Kaylon Gray took the loss.
In game three, the Tornadoes banged out eight hits to defeat Franklin County on the road, 14-7. Pickens was the winning pitcher. T.J. Hudson led with a triple and an in-the-park home run. Levondrick Carter added another home run while Pickens hit a double. Eiland, Kaylon Gray and Romon Gray all hit a single.
The Tornadoes scored three runs in the first game with Sumrall. Eiland hit a three-run home run to lead the Tornadoes.