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FHS, DHS eliminated from playoffs

Falkville’s Bradley Wilhite looks to throw the ball in after catching a fly ball. | Brent Maze

Falkville High School’s baseball team failed to make it past the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Friday as they lost back-to-back games to Hatton’s Hornets, 12-1 and 12-2.

In the first game, the Blue Devils trailed 0-3 in the second inning and scored their only run in the third to cut the margin to 1-3. After that it was all Hornets.

Collecting hits for the Blue Devils were Drew Nall with a double and single and Weston Jenkins with a single.

The result was the same in the second game as the Blue Devils managed to push across only two runs while Hatton plated 12.

The Blue devils cut a 0-3 lead to 2-3 in the second inning. However, the game slipped from their grasp in the fifth inning when a pop fly fell in the infield and allowed two runs to score with two out.

Falkville hitters were Corey Holladay with a two RBI single and Justin Cobb, Drew Nall and Jonathan Johns with a single each.

The Blue Devils ended their season with a 12-19 record. Hatton moved on to take on Mars Hill, the defending 2A state champions, in the second round of the playoffs.

Danville loses heartbreaker

Danville had its chances to beat Lauderdale County, but fell in three games.

In Game 1, it took a seventh inning rally and back-to-back extra base hits in the eighth to give Danville a 9-8 win.

Jacob Fields didn’t have a hit all game until his final at bat. After leadoff hitter Thomas Russell hit a double to centerfield, Fields followed it up with another deep hit to center. It hit the ground and bounced over the fence for a ground rule double to score Vest and break the 8-8 tie.

Leading hitters for the Hawks were Russell and Dylan Woods, who both went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Trey Jones was also 2-for-4.

Reliever Hunter Luker came in for only two batters in the eighth inning, collected ground outs in both at bats and was credited with the win.

The second game was all Lauderdale County as they won 13-3 in five innings. The third game was similar to the first, but this time, the Hawks just couldn’t perform the same magic.