THS baseball takes Brew Tech series
By Michael Butler
When area play starts in high school sports, it is sometimes referred to as the "second" season. In baseball, what precedes has no bearing on playoff implications.
Tallassee cleaned its slate heading into its first area series of the season. The early struggles, including the program's longest losing streak of 12 games, was put in the rearview mirror.
The Tigers won two of three games vs. Brewbaker Tech last week, putting its best foot forward for the back stretch of the 2022 season.
On Wednesday, Tallassee beat the Rams in Montgomery 12-4. Jackson Rhodes came up big on the mound and at the plate. Rhodes pitched six innings and struck out ten. He also went 2-for-4 with a homerun and four RBIs.
Tallassee had 12 hits in the win. Brady Mason, Mason Stewart, Jacob Patterson and Cade Everson all had two hits each. Brody Goodman pitched a scoreless inning of relief recording one strikeout.
On Friday, the Tigers let a 7-4 lead slip away in the seventh falling 9-7, despite two-hit days from Cash Gough and Elijah Bridgman. The loss set up a tiebreaker for the series.
The rubber match turned into a no-doubter quickly. Tallassee scored ten in the first inning and cruised to a 14-0 win in five innings. Mason Stewart, Gough and Everson each had two hits. Bridgman got the win on the hill going the distance, striking out ten and allowing just one hit.
First-year coach Kyle Hammonds commented on winning the series.
"I'm very proud of the guys for battling through the area series with Brew Tech," he said. "It was a great way to start area play."
Tallassee (4-18) faces Reeltown on Wednesday, April 6 before returning to area competition against Pike Road on Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8. The Patriots split with Beauregard and took the tiebreaker in a trio of one-run games. WTLS (Score 94/Hit 106) and Tallassee Times TV will broadcast the area opener with Pike Road on Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.