‘Cats tough to tame

By W. BRIAN HALE Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 5/4/18

SUMITON — Sumiton Christian’s first trip to the state quarterfinals in more than a decade came to a swift end on Friday at Blair Field.Millry jumped out to early leads in both games in their 1A …

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‘Cats tough to tame

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SUMITON — Sumiton Christian’s first trip to the state quarterfinals in more than a decade came to a swift end on Friday at Blair Field.

Millry jumped out to early leads in both games in their 1A matchup, winning 16-1 and 9-5.

Sumiton Christian’s highlights on the day came on a pair of home runs. Peyton Alexander belted a solo homer in the opener for the Eagles’ lone run of the game, and Joe Hicks hit a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 2.

Millry (21-12), which finished runner up to defending state champion Sweet Water in 1A, Area 1, will travel to Sweet Water to take on the Bulldogs in next week’s state semifinals.

On Friday, the Wildcats were led by starting pitchers Garrett Nolan and Lain Jordan. The duo combined for two wins, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 16 in 12 1/3 innings.  

Sumiton Christian closes out the season with a 23-12 mark. 

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Millry 16,  Sumiton Christian 1

In the opener, Millry struck for two runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. The Wildcats blew the game open in the fourth, scoring four runs. Millry added seven more in the seventh. 

Trey Lewis paced the Wildcats, going 3 for 4 with a stolen base, three runs and an RBI. Tate Warr was 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs.

Joe Hicks pitched the first 2 2/3 innings in Game 1 for the Eagles, giving up two hits with four strikeouts. 

Griffin Myers pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and recording two strikeouts, Jordan Robertson pitched two innings, giving up two hits with one strikeout, Sam Dixon pitched 1/3 inning, giving up two hits and Jake Phillips pitched 2/3 innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.

Offensively, Peyton Alexander had a solo home run, while Jarrett McLain, Andrew Tubbs and Hicks all went 1 for 3.

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Millry 9,  Sumiton Christian 5 

Millry put the second game away early, plating five runs in the first inning. The Wildcats led 6-1 after the second inning and added three more runs in the fourth for a 9-1 lead.

Warr was 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, a run and four RBIs while Garrett Norton was 2 for 2 with a double and two runs and John Norton was 2 for 4 with two runs.

For the Eagles, Tubbs pitched the first four innings, recording two strikeouts. Isaiah Wright pitched the final two shutout innings, giving up a hit with a strikeout.

At the plate, Luke McDonald went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI, Hicks was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a grand slam, McLain went 2 for 4 with a run scored, Tubbs was 1 for 3 with a run scored and Myers went 1 for 1 with a run scored.