Demopolis rallies, advances to state title game
Demopolis rallies, advances to state title game
DEMOPOLIS – The Demopolis High School varsity baseball team accomplished the impossible last night at home, knocking off Thomasville in two games to advance to next weekend’s title series.
And once again, Demopolis proved they could do it with two outs.
DHS defeated Thomasville 5-1 in game one before taking a come-from-behind victory 14-4 in game two.
“There’s no logic in it and I have never seen it before,” DHS head coach James Moody said in regards to the Tigers 12-run sixth inning. “They’re contagious with each other and always have been. When it’s bad, it’s bad. And when it’s good, it’s real good.”
Devin Goodwin picked up the win in game one for Demopolis, pitching a complete game (seven innings) while allowing only five hits, one walk and striking out five.
After taking a 2-0 lead through the first two innings of game one, Thomasville plated a run in the fourth inning to cut the Demopolis lead to 2-1.
However, DHS answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with one run and added two more runs in the fifth.
Leading the way offensively in game one was Chad Schroeder, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks; G.W. Washington, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a single, and a walk; Devin Goodwin, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk; and Seth Basinger, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a double.
“There’s no doubt that we won and we found a way to win,” Moody said. “We had a lot of chances to put the game away early and that bothers me because I have always believed that will comeback and catch you. But we found a way. Devin controlled the game on the mound the way he has all year and especially the last month. We got a big hit out of G.W. in the fifth to make it at least to where one swing wouldn’t beat us. And now I’m going to get them in there and talk to them about smelling blood and not giving people chances. That’s what I’m going to address to them here [before game two.]”
Well, whatever coach Moody said to his Tigers before game two must have worked. And any doubts Moody had about his team leaving runners on base were erased in the sixth inning of game two.
Game two was the real test for Demopolis as Thomasville jumped out to an early 4-1 lead through four innings.
Tyler Moody started game two for DHS but was pulled after just two innings of work after loading the bases and coach Moody opted for G.W. Washington.
Washington came into relieve Moody and pitched 3 innings of fantastic ball to keep Demopolis in the fight as Thomasville led 4-1 after four innings.
DHS added a run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 4-2, but the real offensive threat came out in the sixth inning with two away.
Chad Schroeder began the sixth inning with a walk before Washington went down on strikes. Goodwin followed with a single to right field before Bart Pettus popped up to the shortstop.
And then, the fireworks began as Demopolis rallied to plate 12 runs. Seth Basinger stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and smoked a line-drive homerun deep over the left field wall to give DHS their first lead of the game at 5-4.
Clarke Kerby then stepped to the plate and drilled a single at the pitcher that resulted in an error and Kerby safe at first. William Meador followed with a single to the third baseman as Luke Massey came into run for Meador. Hunter Hawley was then walked to load the bases as Colby Roberts drew an RBI walk to bring the Demopolis lead to 6-4.
Schoreder then stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning and drilled a two-RBI double to left field as DHS jumped out to an 8-4 lead. Washington then followed in Schroeder’s footsteps with another two-RBI double to center field as DHS pushed their lead to 10-4.
After Goodwin stepped up and plated two more runs on a two-RBI double to center field, Pettus reached first base on a walk to bring Basinger to the plate again.
And last night was ‘Seth’s night’ as Basinger smoked his second straight three-run homerun to deep left field as Demopolis brought their lead to a commanding 10-runs.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Basinger said. “I was just trying to put the bat on the ball and trying to give my team a chance. This just shows that we’re capable of anything. And if we want to do it, we’re capable of anything. We’ve just got to keep playing like we’ve been playing.”
The rally ended only after another double to center field by Kerby and a line drive out to the third baseman by Meador.
Meador came in for the final inning, pitching the sixth inning and surrendering only one hit and one walk as Demopolis picked up the final out with the bases full of Thomasville players.
“It’s just a matter of sticking with what we’ve got to do and once somebody gets that ball rolling it’s unbelievable, ” coach Moody said. “We made a t-shirt not too long ago about getting it done with two [outs]. And we’ve done some amazing things with two outs this season.
“Now it’s time for us to get off our feet and enjoy the weekend. Enjoy going back and be ready next week for whomever we have. And it’s the last one – that’s what we worked for. For me, personally, the big thing was getting back there because that was expected. I feel like some of the pressure is off now and now I can relax and breathe right. And I’m just so proud of our kids class and character and finding a way to win.”