Tallassee coaches (from left) Isaac Williams, Adam Clayton and Craig McDaniel with Huntingdon College Assistant Baseball Coach Nick Fletcher prior to Saturday's game
Tigers season ends in Mobile
By Michael Butler
Tallassee's deepest run in the post-season since 2006 has ended at the hands of defending champion UMS-Wright. It took three games, but the Bulldogs took two of three from the Tigers in Mobile last weekend to advance to the semifinals.
The two teams split a doubleheader on Friday with UMS taking game one 7-6 and Tallassee winning the nightcap 9-7. UMS-Wright won the decisive game three 5-1.
The tandem of Dee Williams and Will Peters went the distance in games one and two as they did in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Williams took the loss with six innnings of work allowing four earned runs. He had one strikeout and three walks as UMS-Wright overcame a 4-1 deficit.
Peters gave up just one earned run in the game two victory. The Tigers fell behind 5-1 in the second but came back to force a game three.
On Saturday, Jake Burton got his first start of the post-season. The junior went all seven innings scattering six hits with just one earned run against him. He struck out three and walked four.
Tallassee hitters belted out 21 hits in the first two games but could manage just six hits in Saturday's rubber match. The loss ended the Tigers' season with a 26-15 record.
Tallassee loses five seniors; Blake Dean, Chris Rowland, Will Peters, Reid Whitaker and Dee Williams.
"I'm very proud of the accomplishments of this team as well as our senior class," coach Adam Clayton said. "They had many ups and downs as well as adversity to overcome this season, and I think they handled themselves very well. This class won almost 100 games in their career with three area titles and three playoff appearances, so they have left a legacy for our future players to strive for."
Clayton was also complimentary of the Tallassee crowd which made the road series feel like they were on their home field.
"I would like to thank the Tallassee community for the tremendous support we received this year. The phone calls, texts, emails, radio followers and those who attended the playoff games were unbelievable."