DHS baseball rallies to beat Thomasville 7-6

by dentonramsey

DHS baseball rallies to beat Thomasville 7-6

 

DEMOPOLIS – The Demopolis Tigers varsity baseball team once again made a valiant comeback and defeated Thomasville last night, 7-6, to clinch the 4A, Area 5 championship.

With the win, DHS moves to 20-9 on the season and will open the playoffs next Tuesday at home with a single game against Trinity.

Devin Goodwin picked up the win for DHS, pitching a complete game (seven innings) on six hits, six runs (one earned), and five strikeouts.

After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, DHS was ready to make their comeback. Thomasville scored their five runs in the top of the first on two hits and two errors, and Demopolis was not about to let errors ruin their night.

In the bottom of the first inning and the bases loaded, Bart Pettus hit into a double play, but plated Chad Schroeder from third base to make it a 5-1 game.

After retiring the batters in order in the top of the third inning, DHS came through in the clutch, putting up two runs in the bottom of the frame.

 

With Schroeder on first and one out, G.W. Washington stepped to the plate and slammed his second home run in just as many days to cut into the Thomasville lead, 5-3.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, DHS answered again, plating another run on a sacrifice fly to cut the Thomasville lead to one run.

With the bases once again loaded and one away, Darrell Kent hit a sac fly to plate pinch runner Luke Massey to bring the score to 5-4.

After Thomasville added another run in the fifth, DHS was again down by two but not about to give up.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the rally train again got started as DHS scored two runs to tie the game at 6-6.

After Pettus hit a sac fly to make the lead 6-5, a wild throw induced DHS head coach James Moody to send Chris Wasson from second base as he safely crossed home plate to deadlock the game at six.

In the bottom of the sixth inning and the game still tied, Hunter Hawley got things started with a single as Moody put in pinch runner Colby Roberts at first base. Kent followed with a two-out sacrifice bunt and then Schroeder stepped up and hit a single to put runners on the corners with one away.

Washington then stepped to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to put Demopolis on top for good at 7-6.

Leading the way offensively for DHS was Washington, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI, and Goodwin, who went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Also contributing for DHS was Hawley, Seth Basinger, and Schroeder with one hit each as Kent added a sacrifice fly.

With the area championship in hand, coach Moody has now successfully brought home the area title to DHS in 10 of the last 11 years as head coach.

“I’m just happy to see that we are beginning to play better and winning the close games,” Moody said.

Also in action last night, the DHS JV baseball team picked up a 6-0 victory over Thomasville behind the arm of starting pitcher Lane Phillips.

Both the DHS JV and varsity baseball teams return to the field on Thursday at home as they face Bibb County.

The scheduled first pitches for the Bibb County games are 5 p.m. (JV) and 7 p.m. (varsity).

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