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Tigers shutout Bayside to advance to third round

Hunter Brittain at the plate versus Bayside Academy. Brittain belted a two-run home run in the first inning.

Hunter Brittain at the plate versus Bayside Academy. Brittain belted a two-run home run in the first inning.

The T.R. Miller Tigers defeated the Bayside Academy Admirals 7-0 on Saturday to advance to the third round of the 3A state playoffs.

TRM head coach Kevin Madden said his team responded well after some poor defense and struggling offense in game two.

“It was unbelievable how our guys responded after that second game,” Madden said. “We jumped on (Bayside Academy) early and didn’t let off. We played great defense behind a great pitching performance by Joshua (Winton). I can’t say enough how proud I am of how everybody competed and took care of business today against a quality baseball team.”

Miller got on the board in a big way in the first inning when junior catcher Hunter Brittain squared up a fastball for a two-run home run over the left field fence.

Tripp Floyd followed Brittain with a single. Two batters later, Russell Smith drew a walk. The next batter, Joshua Winton, singled home Floyd and Smith for two more runs.

Bayside looked to have something going in the top of the sixth inning after a leadoff double off the fence by Austin Chastang. Next at bat Chastang got called out on a fielder’s choice at third base. After the out,  the Tigers was able to get out of the inning on a 4-6-3 double play.

Miller added two more runs with singles by Floyd and Jason Konsler.

William Fleming threw the complete game for Bayside in the loss. Fleming allowed seven runs on 15 hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

Joshua Winton picked up the win, gave up two hits, four walks and had two strikeouts. The complete game shut out is Winton’s third of the year.

Chastang had two hits, including the double to lead Bayside.

Brittain was 2-for-3 with a homerun and two RBIs. Joshua Winton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Jo Jo Booker was 3-for-4. Floyd was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Bayside finishes the season 20-7.

Miller (28-8) will travel to  Gordo Greenwave Stadium to play Gordo (25-4) on Fri., May 6 at 5 p.m.

 

————Friday, April 29————

 

Bayside 1, TRM 4

Jo Jo Booker had eight strikeouts on the mound for the Tigers, keeping Admirals at off balance for the majority of the game. Booker settled down after the first inning where Bayside loaded the bases. Booker got out of the jam with a ground ball to end the inning.

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard Caleb Winton slides into third base.

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard
Caleb Winton slides into third base.

Up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Miller added three more runs all while having two outs. Caleb Winton got the rally going with a single to leftfield. Caleb Winton’s hit was followed up with a single by Joshua Winton. Both Wintons scored on an RBI single by Oneil White. An error by Bayside brought in another run for the Tigers.

Bayside broke the score column in the seventh inning with a double. The game ended on a fly out to centerfield.

 

TRM 1, Bayside 5

Bayside scored three runs in the first inning. Miller got on the board in the third inning after an RBI single by Russell Smith.

The Admirals answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and another run in the bottom of the fourth. Miller was unable to manufacture any runs in the closing innings.

Tripp Floyd got the loss on the mound for the Tigers. Floyd walked one batter and struck out four.