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Tallassee head coach John Goodman with Bryson Rigsby

Tigers advance to second round

By Michael Butler

For the second straight year, the Tallassee baseball team has advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Tigers won two of three in the weekend series over Marbury, including the 3-2 rubber match at Southside Field.

In the Saturday finale, Brue Milner hit a two-run homerun to put Tallassee on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third. Marbury's Carson Mills matched the feat to tie it in the top of the sixth, but the Tigers went right back ahead after a Bulldogs' error on a ball hit by Cash Gough scored Brady Mason in the bottom of the inning.

Chase Webster picked up the win in relief of Walker Wells, who went 5 1/3 innings giving up two earned runs while striking out four and walking four.

Milner went 4-for-7 in the series with the homer, a double and four RBIs. Webster was 5-for-9 at the plate with two RBIs in the series.

Tallassee won the opener 8-3 on Friday behind starter Brady Mason, who went 5 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs. He struck out four and walked two. Benton Howell countered with a five-inning complete game in the nightcap as Marbury won 11-1. The lefty allowed two hits. He struck out five and walked two.


This is the first time Tallassee has recorded post-seasons series wins in consecutive years since the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Tallassee (17-8) will play host to Gulf Shores (27-10) in the second round this week. The two met in the 2005 Class 4A playoffs. The Dolphins won in the single-game first-round matchup 2-0. The 2024 edition of the Gulf Shores team spent much of the season atop the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A poll and ended the regular season ranked No. 6.

"I'm very proud of each and every person on this team from the coaches to the players," said THS head coach John Goodman, who was coaching the Tigers the last time they played Gulf Shores. "We need another great week of practice. Everyone is ready for the challenge ahead of us."

WTLS 1300 AM/Score 94.7 FM/Hit 106.9 FM will broadcast live on Friday. First pitch of the doubleheader will be at 5 p.m. Airtime will be 4:30. The Saturday game (if necessary) will be played at 1 p.m.

*Brue Milner Homerun


Photos by Kyle Thornton