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Randleman advances to round 3

Kaitlyn Mullins

The Randleman Tigers squared off against the South Columbus Stallions on Friday night in the second round of the 2A State Baseball Tournament. Randleman defeated Greene Central on Wednesday in the first round.

Randleman came ready to play as they forced the Stallions to go two up, two down right away. Mason Miller began things for the Stallions with a single, but on the next play Randleman picked him off at second for the final out of the inning. South Columbus started the bottom of the first with an out, but ended up walking Ramsey Petty on the next at-bat. Koty Ransom picked up a free base to put a couple of runners on base for the Tigers. The Stallions got the second out of the inning, but gave up a RBI double to Gunnar Gantt after an overthrown ball. Matt Kemp drew a walk to load the bases for the Tigers, but all three were left stranded as South Columbus got the final out of the inning. After one complete inning, Randleman was up 1-0.

In the top of the second, the Tigers once again forced two quick outs. Harrison Gore picked up a base hit, but could go no where as Randleman struck out the following batter for out number three. South Columbus opened the bottom of the inning with an out, before giving up back to back base hits to Mason Matthews and Bailey Welch. On a hit from Petty, the Stallions picked off Matthews for the second out of the inning. South Columbus picked up a strikeout for the final out of the inning. After two innings, the Tigers till led 1-0.

Randleman allowed a base hit to Jay Wright  in the top of the third, but left him stranded as they ended the inning with back to back outs. Chase Webb doubled in the bottom of the inning for the Tigers, but was left stranded as the Stallions picked up three straight outs. Randleman continued to lead 1-0 after three innings.

The Tigers ended the top of the fourth quickly as they forced the Stallions to go three up, three down. South Columbus picked up two quick outs in the bottom of the inning, but that would not stop of the Tigers from putting a couple of runs on the board. Welch made contact with the ball for a base hit as Petty stepped to the play. He picked up a one-run triple on an error and scored Welch to put the Tiger up 2-0. Smart base running by Petty led to him stealing home for the Tigers third run of the night. South Columbus ended the inning soon after. After four innings of play, Randleman led 3-0.

After getting the first out in the top of the fifth, Randleman gave up a walk to Jackson Hilburn. Wright picked up a RBI single to score Hilburn and put the Stallions on the board. Randleman ended the inning with a strike out. South Columbus forced the Tigers into a one, two, three inning in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Miller drew a walk to give the Stallions a base runner. Randleman turned a double play moments later for the first two outs of the inning and followed it up with third out. South Columbus gave up back to back walks to Noah Strickland and Zac Kemp in the bottom of the sixth. A bunt from Matthews would load the bases with no outs on the board. Strickland stole home to put the Tigers ahead 4-1. The Stallions picked up the first out of the inning, but allowed Zac Kemp to make it home to put the Tigers up 5-1. Randleman would make it 6-1 as Matthews rounded the bases to score after South Columbus got the second out of the inning. The Stallions would end the inning before the Tigers could put any more runs on the board.

Randleman wasted no time in the top of the seventh as they forced the Stallions to go two up, two down right away. They gave up a wal to Hilburn, but left him stranded as they struck out the next batter to end this one. Randleman got the win 6-1 and will advance to round three of the state playoffs.

 

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