Edgewood saw its baseball playoff hopes come to an end last week when it settled for a split on the road against area opponent Coosa Valley. The Wildcats (10-17) could not erase an early two-run deficit in the first game but responded with a 4-1 win as a consolation prize in the second game of the doubleheader.
In Game 1, Edgewood sent Cade Bazzell to the mound. Bazzell pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing just six hits and two runs while striking out six. However, the offense could not find any rhythm at the plate and did not provide enough support to keep the Wildcats alive.
Drez Crawford and Sam Silas each provided two hits for the only baserunners of the game for Edgewood. KJ Hollenquest knocked in the team’s only run with an RBI groundout in the third inning.
Despite a top-two finish in the area being out of reach, Edgewood came back with some early offense in the second game to support Kam Burleson on the mound. The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead after two innings after RBIs from Randy Davis, Garrett Ingram and Silas.
Burleson pitched into the fifth inning, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out five. Davis entered in relief to finish the game and struck out three across the final 2 2/3 innings.
Mustangs lose six-run lead in return to the diamond
After more than a week without a game, the Stanhope Elmore baseball team returned to the field Monday night with a trip to Beauregard. The Mustangs opened up a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning after an RBI single from Nate Hodge but the Hornets came storming back for a 9-8 win in extra innings.
Stanhope (8-19) opened the scoring with RBI singles from Kerenski McGhee, Bradley Dobbs and Hodge in the second inning. The Mustangs extended that lead with two runs in the third and one run each in the fourth and fifth.
Beauregard’s offense finally showed up in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs to tie the game. Four of those runs were scored with two outs, including the tying run on a fielding error.
The Mustangs retook the lead in the sixth inning but it was quickly erased when Beauregard equalized in the bottom half of the inning. The two teams were scoreless over the next two innings before the Hornets won on an RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mustangs have now lost five consecutive games as they enter this week’s showdown with Wetumpka for the Class 6A Area 5 title.