Central tops Smiths Station; Panthers out, Auburn's in the playoffs
(WTVM) - It all came down to one game for Smiths Station. Win and you're in, lose and you're out of the AHSAA playoffs. That one game came against the Central Red Devils, the area champs.
Good pitching and plenty of run support lifted the Devils to the win, and Smiths Station will sit out this year's postseason.
It started in the 1st inning when Central plated two runs in the top of the frame. They followed that up with a solo home run from Slade Gorman in the 3rd to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Central made it 5-0 with a pair of runs in the 4th, and things looked grim for the Panthers.
Smiths wouldn't go down without a fight though. They put a run across in the 5th, then another in the 6th to make it 5-2. Central would get some insurance in the 7th though on a 2-run double by Jackson Cook.
Tanner Belcher pitched a 7-inning complete game, and the Devils took a 7-2 win over Smiths, effectively ending their season.
The loss by Smiths Station means Auburn High is in the playoffs. A couple of Tiger players were in attendance to watch and learn their fate.
"It was nerve wracking, especially being a senior," Auburn outfielder Cole Solomon said. "It was like do or die with us. I didn't
want to go out like that, I wanted to be in the playoffs and I'm glad I am."
Now Auburn and Central will head to the first round. Games start next Friday.
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