WSN baseball clinches spot in playoffs
From staff reports
The W.S. Neal Eagles baseball team clinched a spot in the state playoffs Saturday as they downed Satsuma’s Gators 8-4 in extra innings.
WSN defeated Satsuma 6-3 Thursday night at home in East Brewton. On Friday, WSN lost game one 10-3 to see the series go to a third game. With rain in the area Friday night, the game was moved to Saturday. On Saturday, WSN led 3-0 after two innings and 3-1 in the fifth. After taking a 4-1 lead in the sixth, Satsuma tied things up at 4-all in the bottom of the sixth inning. After neither team scored in the seventh, WSN plated four runs in the eighth inning to propel them to the win.
WSN improved to 13-9 overall and finished 2-2 in area play. The area runner-up spot will send WSN to play Headland in the first round of the class 4A state playoffs. The playoffs are set to begin Friday.
Friday: Satsuma 10, WSN 3
Despite seeing Satsuma make eight errors in the game, the WSN Eagles lost 10-3 to the Gators.
Dalton Shell and Matt Hutchins pitched in the loss with Shell being the pitcher of record.
Shell and Hutchins combined to go six innings and allowed seven hits, 10 runs, six earned, walked five, struck out two and hit four batters.
Malcolm Hawthorne led WSN with two hits while Dakota Graves, Shell and Jacobey Hawthorne had one hit each. Graves had the lone RBI. Malcolm Hawthorne had a triple in the loss.
Saturday: WSN 8, Satsuma 4 (8 innings)
WSN scored four runs in extra innings to defeat Satsuma 8-4 to clinch a spot in the state playoffs.
Jared Cooper went all eight innings and allowed four hits, four runs, two earned, walked five and struck out six.
Miles Powell, Cooper and Malcolm Hawthorne all had one hit each in the win with Cooper and Hawthorne having a double each.
Alex O’Keane, Cooper, Graves, Malcolm Hawthorne and Hutchins all had one RBI each.