Bryant Powers was exceptional with a four-hit, four-strikeout complete-game (five innings) outing, and Devon Parker roped two doubles for four RBIs to lead Fairview to a lopsided 11-0 shutout of St. Clair County on Tuesday.
The Aggies’ area-series sweep of the Saints secured a postseason berth for the Purple and Gold.
“It was a big game for us,” coach Curt Alexander said. “It was our goal to make the playoffs this year. We hit the ball about as well we have all year. They came to play.”
Jaden Edge and Luke Bailey joined Parker with two hits, while Edge, Dexton Gregory, Jake Chandler and Mason Smith accounted for one RBI apiece. Trent Shoemaker, Gregory, Lane Denny and Chandler were responsible for hits, and Powers (two), Gregory (two), Denny (two), Parker (two), Shoemaker, Bailey and Chandler accounted for Fairview’s runs. Bailey also swiped a stolen base.
Fairview took home top honors in Wednesday’s Hanceville Invitational at the Cullman Golf Course.
The Aggies placed first in the large school (4A-6A) division with a team score of 349. Trey Hanvey shot the low round of the day with a 77 to earn the divsion's low-medalist accolades. He was also named to the All-Tourney Team.
James Arnold (86), Seth Lancaster (90), Austin Scott (91) and Zeb Dahlke (95) rounded out the winnning scores for the Purple and Gold.
The Lady Aggies were in second place at presstime with a score of 281. Abbi Yeager paced her team with an 89, while Sadie Boyd and Maci Yeager each shot rounds of 96.
Cold Springs’ boys were also big winners at this year’s rescheduled Invitational, earning a first-place finish in the small-school division.
Layne Rice and Nick Speer led the team with matching 79s, while Michael Gilliland (81), Tristan Williams (83) and Kevin Harris (91) capped off the Eagles' 322-stroke total. Rice and Speer landed on the All-Tourney Team.
Good Hope great Eli Marty carded a silky-smooth 74, raking in low-medalist honors (small school) for the second time in as many tournaments.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham and sports writer Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.