Tornadoes win twice on Saturday to stay alive in state playoffs
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 1:00 AM
Saturday turned out to be a long day for the Philadelphia High School baseball team, but it was a good one.
The Tornadoes had lost the first game of their Class 3A state baseball playoff series with McLaurin on Friday night, 8-5. They had to win two games on the road to stay alive in the playoffs.
"We came in early and took a little batting practice," Coach Cody Freeman said. "Then we had a long bus drive.
"But when we got there, the guys came off the bus in good spirits. You could tell they really wanted to be there. It was a long day but they kept playing hard and trying to win," Freeman said.
The Tornadoes won game two 5-3 and then came back to win game three 16-8. Philadelphia improves to 15-12 overall.
They meet Franklin County in the next round. The Bulldogs are the champions of Region 7-3A where they went 8-0 in region play. Franklin County stands at 13-8 overall.
The series will open Thursday at Franklin County. Game two will be at Burnside Park Friday starting at 6 p.m. The third game, if necessary, will be played at Franklin County on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Game one of the Tornadoes' series with McLaurin was played at Burnside Park. Philadelphia scored two in the first, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. McLaurin answered two in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Johntreal Pickens was the losing pitcher. He had six strike outs.
Fent Mars led with three singles while Pickens added a double. Dylan Davis, Kaylon Gray and Romon Gray all added a single.
The Tornadoes outhit McLaurin 8-3 in game two as Kaylon Gray picked up the pitching victory.
Philadelphia scored one in the third, one in the fifth and three in the seventh to win the game. McLaurin scored two in the fourth and one in the sixth.
T.J. Hudson led with two singles while Greg Eiland added a double. Baily Smith and Mars both hit a single.
The Tornadoes got started in the second inning to blow McLaurin out in game three. Philadelphia scored sixth in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the seventh. McLaurin answered with two in the first, one in the second and three in the third.
Pickens was the winning pitcher.
Both teams had 11 hits. Hudson led with two triples while Lavon Carter and Romon Gray each added two singles. Smith, Jaylon Davis and Eiland all hit a single.