MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) – Providence Christian rebounded from a 5-4 loss in game two of the AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium on Wednesday to claim the school’s first state baseball title, winning game three 16-6.
The Eagles (30-9), who won game one on Tuesday 4-0, fell behind 3-0 after two innings in deciding game before rallying to tie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the third. Coach Casey Smith’s team took the lead 5-3 with two runs in the fourth inning and then tacked on nine runs in the top of the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. Piedmont, which won game two 5-4 in nine innings Wednesday morning to force the third game in the best 2-of-3 series, got three runs back in the bottom of the inning to avoid the 10-run rule ending, but yielded two runs in the sixth as PCA closed out the win.
Winning pitcher Will Solomon relieved starter David Warren in the bottom of the first when the pitcher left the mound due to an injury. Solomon tossed 5 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out six in a journeyman relief effort. Coleman Wright closed out the game getting the final out. Providence Christian slugged 12 hits in the third game with Cole Smith pounding three hits and driving in two runs. Bayden Banner had one hit and had four RBIs, and Jake Smith slugged two hits to plate two more runs. No. 9 hitter Reid Leger scored three runs and had one hit and two RBIs. The Eagles had seven hits in the fifth-inning outburst and also took advantage of three Piedmont errors to send collect nine runs. Jake Smith and Reid Leger each had a single and two RBIs in the inning. Grayson Stewart, who pitched a two-hit shutout to win game one on Tuesday, had one hit and scored two runs in game three. He was named Class 3A State Championship Series MVP.
Piedmont (36-10), which set a school record for wins in a season in 2019, collected seven hits with lead-off hitter T.J. Fairs collecting two hits, scored two runs and had one RBI. Starting pitcher Bryce Walter, who pitched two shutout innings before reaching his pitch-count limit for the day, also had two hits and drove in two runs. DH Nick Johnson had a single and RBI. He and Fairs each had a hit and RBI to account both runs for Bulldogs, coached by Matt Deerman, in the second inning. Fairs scored the run in the first leading off with a walk, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Fairs ignited the fifth-inning rally with an infield single. Mason Mohon plated him with a single Walter singled to left to plate Piedmont’s final two runs. Piedmont used five pitchers in the third game yielding seven walks and hitting six batters. Providence Christian hit two giving both team a combined eight in the contest.