Area Baseball: Pike Lib defeats Luverne, Ariton shuts out Zion Chapel

Published 9:39 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots escaped with a 6-5 win over the Luverne Tigers on Thursday.

Pike took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning but the Tigers scored five runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, John Lott hit an RBI single into left field that drove both Houston Gunter and Pruitt Vaughan home to put the Patriots up 6-5. PLAS held Luverne scoreless for the remainder of the game, sealing the win.

Vaughan went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and three runs, while Gunter scored two runs and Rhodes Baker hit a triple. Kade Brookins pitched six innings and mowed down 10 batters, while giving up five hits and four earned runs. Bradford gave up no hits or runs in his one inning on the mound.

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For Luverne, Bryce Rushing went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while Wyatt Cornette, Aderion Foster, Jayden Laird, Carson Simmons and Jamarcus Davison scored one run each. Malakai Matthews pitched five innings and struck out three, while giving up four hits and four earned runs.

The Ariton Purple Cats shut out the Zion Chapel Rebels by a score of 6-0 on Thursday. Aven Cook went 4-for-4 at the plate with a stolen base, three RBIs and one run. Jessie Pelham went 2-for-3 with a run. Ian Senn pitched seven innings and struck out eight batters, while giving up six hits and no runs to earn his first shutout of the year on the mound.

For Zion Chapel, Wes Braisted, Brodie Stinson, Macon Allen and Kavan Brown earned one hit each. Austin Jordan pitched six innings.

The Goshen Eagles fell 9-5 to Highland Home on Thursday. Parks Snyder went 1-for-1 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and one run. He also struck out three batters and gave up five hits and two earned runs in three innings pitched. Cody Boyette struck out five and gave up two hits and six earned runs in three innings pitched.

The Pike County Bulldogs were shutout 14-0 by the New Brockton Gamecocks on April 4. Ben Patterson earned the lone PCHS hit of the day. Britt Albrittion struck out four batters and gave up five hits and one earned run in two and 1/3 innings pitched.