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Tigers playoff run ends in Mobile

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee baseball season has come to a close, but it was a nice ride. The Tigers came up short at Mobile Christian in the Class 5A quarterfinals, falling 7-1 and 13-1 (5). Tallassee ends its season with a 19-11 record.

Reaching the third round of the post-season was the deepest run for the THS program in seven years.

"The way this town embraced the team was incredible and fun to watch. (It) brought back a lot of memories," said Tallassee head coach John Goodman of the contingent that followed the team through the playoffs, including the three-hour trek to Mobile.

In game one versus the Leopards, a five-run Mobile Christian first inning chased senior starter Brady Mason, who was undefeated in game-one matchups during the playoffs prior to Wednesday.

Mobile Christian had two five-run innings in game two. Starter Walker Wells took the loss.

Tallassee used nine different pitchers in the two games. Mobile Christian recorded a total of 20 hits. Tallassee had just eight hits.

Brody Wisener and Cash Gough led the Tigers with two hits a piece in the series.

The 19 wins by the 2024 squad is the most in a season since the 2017 season. That Tigers team went 26-15. Tallassee has now made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2017 and '18 campaigns.

"I thought our guys bought into the process at the end of last season," said Goodman. "They committed to getting stronger, faster and more flexible. Coming into the season, they worked as hard as any team I have ever had.

"We went through a lot of adversity and they rose above. When we would have an injury, they would step up. They matured through the season and gained confidence."

Cash Gough at the plate

Tallassee was 6-6 on March 11. They went on to win 10 of their next 11 games, including the area championship.

"Winning the area championship was a bonus and huge step to our season. Then, the run we made in the playoffs was incredible."

The Tigers begin a new two-year cycle in the AHSAA next season, dropping back down to Class 4A.

"Just as soon as the last out was made, these players were ready to get started on next year," said Goodman. "It's going to be fun!"

2024 Final Results