Millbrook, Wetumpka finish 2-3 at Legion State TournamentPublished 5:45am Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wetumpka’s first foray into the American Legion State Tournament was a memorable one. The Strikers finished third, losing twice to eventual champion Childersburg. Millbrook finished second, losing to Childersburg in the finale.
After opening the affair with an 11-1 romp through Huntsville’s Post 237, Wetumpka stood toe-to-toe with Tuscaloosa, banging out a 2-1 win. Tyler Knight, who had a hit and a run in the opener, singled for the Strikers’ first hit of the seventh against Tuscaloosa.
With the game knotted 1-1, Logan Burdett laid down what was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt, but a defensive miscue allowed Knight to reach third and Burdett to reach second safely. After Cameron Compton was intentionally walked to load the bases, Tuscaloosa had to pitch to Tristan Hughes, who made them pay by putting the ball in play with no out to allow Knight to sprint home for the winning run.
Lee Gunter was the winning pitcher, going seven innings and striking out six.
Millbrook, just a few hours earlier, added their second win of the affair to claim a 7-6 win over Childersburg. Benjamin Barrett picked up the win coming on in relief of Jameson Baker. Blaine Milam got the start and worked four and a third innings. Britton Webb led Millbrook at the plate with a pair of RBIs, while Rhett Hollon reached base twice.
Childersburg, after dismissing Post 237 to start Saturday morning, handed Wetumpka its first loss of the tournament. Dalton Shepherd took the loss as the Tigers claimed the 8-3 victory. Offensively, he posted one hit, but pushed a pair of runs home. Cody Herring scored twice followed by Aaron George (one hit). Herring, Crockett and Burdett had two hits each in the loss.
Tuscaloosa handed Millbrook their first loss of the weekend just hours later. Pearson Hall took the loss as Millbrook left 11 runners stranded. Jared Nixon led the offense with three hits.
Four teams had one loss going into the final day. Childersburg ended Wetumpka’s run with a 6-2 win. Herring suffered the loss, working five innings with Brady Knight coming on in relief. Herring offensively, scored twice in the loss. Knight had two hits and Keith Johnson had the only RBI of the game.
Millbrook knocked Tuscaloosa out of the tournament, 12-3. Barrett took the win, despite allowing seven hits and three runs. Jordan Lowe came on in relief and pitched the final three innings of the game, striking out two. Dalton Yarnell, James Henry, Elijah Stewart and Baker had two hits each in the win.
The win moved Millbrook into a championship rematch with Childersburg. The Tigers bested Millbrook 2-1 to win the state championship. Stewart was saddled with the loss. Andrew Casey came on in relief.
Barrett had two hits and pushed Michael Peterson (Millbrook’s only run) home.