Athens got singles in both the second and third innings, with Daniel Moore being able to dance out of trouble easily in the second with a strike out of Chandler Brock to end the inning. Moore needed a little defensive help in the third inning to end the Eagles’ scoring opportunity. With runners placed at first and second on a hit and a walk, freshman sensation Andrew Winfrey made a spectacular play at the hot-corner and ended the rally. Winfrey ranged to his right and dove to field a sharply hit ball, simply rose to his feet, stepped on third base and threw a strike across the diamond to first and complete the double-play.
Keegan Thompson jumped Cullman’s lead up to five runs in the bottom of the third inning with a 3-run shot to left-center. Winfrey and Rakestraw each struck out to lead off the inning, but Britton was able to reach on a single and Ben Moore reached on an error to set up Thompson’s at bat. Thompson took a 2-2 fastball and drove it out to the Bearcats’ clubhouse located just past the left-field fence.
The Bearcats went 1-2-3 in the fourth inning, but came across with five runs in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule implemented in high school baseball. With one out recorded, Alden Rakestraw got a single, then stole second base and was then followed with a walk by Matthew Britton. Ben Moore then got his second home run of the day giving Cullman an 8-0 lead. Not to be outdone, Keegan Thompson stepped to the plate for another at bat, as Athens made a pitching change bringing in Todd Lawson.
“He (Lawson) brushed me back the first two pitches he threw,” Thompson said about his battle with the Eagles new pitcher. “I was not going to let him get me out.”
Lawson tried to through Thompson in on the hands in order to keep him from being able to extend his arms. On a 2-2 count, Lawson tried to get the fastball by Thompson, who was ready and simply drove the ball to deep center-field (some 100+ feet beyond the outfield fence). Daniel Moore then stepped to the plate and delivered the walk-off home run to end the game. Moore drove the ball deep to right field and was credited with the homerun as the ball bounced off the Athens player’s glove over the fence.
Cullman was led by Keegan Thompson who went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored and two home runs, Ben Moore went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, five RBIs and two homers, Britton and Rakestraw each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Daniel Moore went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.
The Eagles were led by Kegan Ham who went 3-for-3 on the day with three singles. Ham was the only Athens player with multiple hits in the game, Luke Mould went 1-for-2, Chris Tompkins and Jackson Burgreen each reached base twice on walks.