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Baseball season ends, Hammonds steps down

By Michael Butler

Tallassee ended its baseball season on Friday with a 4-1 loss at Beauregard. It was the final game as the THS skipper for Kyle Hammonds.

After the game, Hammonds informed the team that he would not return next season. The 2022 campaign was the first in purple pinstripes for the newly hired successor for Adam Clayton, who coached from 2009-2021.

Tallassee went 4-24 in Hammond's one-year stint.

"I would like to thank everyone for allowing me the opportunity to coach Tallassee baseball," Hammonds said. "I wish Tallassee success and prosperity in the future."

Hammonds was introduced on April 20 of last year.

"We're going to play some tough competition," he said after being acquired as the new head coach. "I'm a firm believer in you've got to play people who are bigger than you and push you."

The Tigers stepped up the competition including scheduling a tournament in Gulf Shores facing some of the top teams in the southeast. The record was indicative for a young team with just three seniors.

Prior to his arrival in Tallassee, Hammonds spent 13 seasons at Oak Grove becoming the program's winningest coach with a 218-155 record. All of his teams made the playoffs. At Tallassee the streak has been broken. The Tigers will now miss the post-season for the fourth straight time dating back to 2018.

There is communication between Tallassee and Elmore County, who also missed the playoffs, to schedule a makeup date for game scheduled earlier. A final determination has not yet been made.