Area Baseball: Pike Lib tops Zion Chapel, CHHS beats Wetumpka

Published 9:30 am Friday, March 15, 2024

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The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots (12-1) traveled to Jack on Thursday night and picked up a 10-1 win over the Zion Chapel Rebels (6-6).

Luke Barron had a big day for the Patriots, going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs, while Pruitt Vaughan scored three runs and Kade Brookins scored two. Jack Baggett also hit a double in the win.

Rhodes Baker got the win on the mound, striking out four batters and giving up two hits and one earned run in four and 2/3 innings pitched. Peyton Elliot struck out four batters and gave up two hits and no runs in two and 2/3 innings pitched.

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For Zion Chapel, Joseph LeGear, Wes Braisted, Weston Watson and Macon Allen each earned one hit, while LeGear scored the lone Rebel run. Braisted pitched four and 1/3 innings and struck out four batters, while giving up three hits and three earned runs. Dylan Davis also struck out three batters and gave up one hit and three earned runs in one and 2/3 innings toeing the rubber.

Also on Tuesday, the Charles Henderson Trojans (8-8) held on for a close 10-9 victory over the Wetumpka Indians.

The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two innings but Wetumpka tied the score 3-3 going into the sixth. Then, CHHS exploded to score five runs to go up 8-3.

Wetumpka cut the lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth but Charles Henderson answered with two more runs in the top of the seventh. The Indians answered right back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to come within one run of tying it again only for Charles Henderson’s Cooper Johnson to catch a fly ball to earn the third out and seal the win.

Clay Johnson went 2-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two RBIs and two runs, while Wes Templin went 2-for-3 with a run and Wilson Jones went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kellen Stewart also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Parker Adams pitched six and 2/3 innings and struck out three batters, while giving up nine hits and seven earned runs.

The Ariton Purple Cats (7-4) dropped a Thursday matchup with the New Brockton Gamecocks by a score of 2-1. Ariton held a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning when the Gamecocks scored two runs, which would end up being the deciding runs.

Lawson Leger went 2-for-3 at the plate for Ariton with the Cats’ only run. Easton Kilpatrick struck out five batters and gave up four hits and two earned runs in six innings pitched.