Friday, September 20, 2019






AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: Piedmont 5, Providence Christian 4 (9 innings)

    MONTGOMERY – Piedmont second baseman Brent Deerman singled to right in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate Austin Estes with the winning run as the Bulldogs (36-9) forced a third game in the Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday.
     Providence Christian (29-9) won game one on Tuesday night 4-0. The deciding Game 3 was to be played immediately following Game 2.
    Mason Mahon hurled 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to get the win for Coach Matt Dearman to get the win. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two. Starter Bryce Walter pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, gave up six hits, four runs and struck out six.
      Brayden Banner hurled seven innings for Coach Casey Smith’s Eagles, scattering seven hits, four runs, walked one and also struck out six.  Reliever Will Solomon got the loss.
      Piedmont took an early 3-0 thanks to timely hitting from T.J. Fairs, Mason Mohon, Sean Smith, Jack Hayes and Nick Johnson. Mohon ripped a triple, scored twice and had one RBI. Hayes and Fairs had a double each and Fairs had the sacrifice bunt that moved Estes into scoring position in the ninth before Deerman’s game-winning hit.
     Providence cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the third and plated three runs in the top of the sixth.  Eagles center fielder David Warren, who had two hits, made the defensive play of the game by running down Piedmont first baseman Sean Smith’s towering blast to left center with the winning run in scoring position that was grabbed at the warning track to end the bottom of the seventh.
    Cole Smith had three hits for Providence Christian. Mohon, Smith and Hayes had two hits each for Piedmont.
       All games in the 2019 Baseball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. Information can be found at
       The Class 2A Championship series featuring defending 2A state champ G.W. Long and Westbrook Christian, gets underway at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Paterson Field. The Class 4A Championship Series between Brooks and Sipsey Valley will play game one at 7 p.m.

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