Tallassee coaches Craig McDaniel (far left) and Adam Clayton with Reeltown coach Mike Jones prior to Tuesday's final regular season game at Southside Field
Tigers advance, host Trinity Friday
By Michael Butler
Tallassee's aces brought their A-games for Friday's first round playoff series vs. Escambia County at Southside Field. The Tigers swept the Blue Devils 11-1 (5) and 7-0 running their win streak to eight games.
THS starters Dee Williams and Will Peters provided the one-two punch with stellar performances on the mound. Williams allowed one unearned run in the game one victory striking out 10. Peters tossed a shutout with 12 strikeouts sending the visitors back to Atmore early. Tallassee (23-13) will host Trinity on Friday in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Williams gave up just two hits and issued one walk. Peters allowed five hits with no walks.
Peters went 4-for-4 with a homerun, a triple and two singles in game one. Casey Baynes added a homer and a double going 3-for-4. Blake Dean was 2-for-3. Baynes was 2-for-3 with a walk in game two. Dean went 2-for-4.
On Tuesday, Tallassee beat Reeltown in a nine-inning game at Southside Field 8-7. The win came on Senior Day. The program recognized Gracie Miller, statistician, and five 12th grade players; Blake Dean, Will Peters, Chris Rowland, Dee Williams and Reid Whitaker.
Jake Burton picked up the win in relief. Burton entered the game in the top of the ninth with runners at second and third and no outs after Reeltown had taken a 7-6 lead. He struck out the side.
Baynes went 2-for-3 with a double, scoring the tying run in the ninth on a sacrifice RBI by Dean, who went 2-for-5. Jackson Gauntt, pinch running for Reid Whitaker, scored on a passed ball for the game-winning run.
Second round playoff games will begin at 5:00 on Friday at Southside Field. If necessary, Tallassee and Trinity will play at 2:00 on Saturday for decisive game in the series.
Admission to playoff games wil be $8 on Friday and $6 on Saturday.
All post-season play will be broadcast on 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM, Tallassee Times TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 97 and the TuneIn Radio App. Live video is not permitted.