Cardinals fall in District Tournament
By Andrew Alexander
Senior starting pitcher Wayne Replogle threw his heart out for Adamsville last Tuesday night in District 15-A Tournament play, but the Cardinals came up short, falling to Madison Academic Magnet 3-2, and ending their post-season hopes.
“It’s always tough to see a season come to an end,” said Head Coach Steven Lambert, “especially when goals are set pretty high.”
The contest remained scoreless until the top of the third inning, when a Madison hitter struck out, but the dropped third strike allowed him to advance to first while an errant throw intended for Josh Chappell at first base found its way to right field, allowing two Mustang baserunners to score, giving Madison a 2-0 lead.
Jalen Kendall cut the lead down to one run with an RBI single that scored Bradley Melton, making the score 2-1 after four innings.
Madison tacked on their first earned run of the game in the top of the fifth inning after a lead-off triple and a subsequent sacrifice fly brought the score to 3-1 in favor of the Mustangs.
Adamsville put their rally caps on in the bottom of the sixth inning when Melton doubled to deep left field.
Kendall pushed Melton across the plate, reducing the Mustang lead to one run, giving himself his second RBI of the game, and making the score 3-2, Madison.
Senior Jake Martin was brought in to relieve Replogle in the top of the seventh, and struck out the side.
As the pressure mounted on the Cardinal hitters in the bottom of the seventh, it proved to be too much while Adamsville failed to produce the tying run and finished their season with a 3-2 loss at the hands of Madison.
“Our pitcher, senior Wayne Replogle, pitched the game of his life,” said Lambert, “but we didn’t help him at the plate.”
Replogle was saddled with the loss, giving up only one earned run in the contest, allowing 7 hits, no walks, and striking out 8 hitters over 6 innings of stellar pitching.
The Cardinals mustered only 6 hits on the day, and errors in the field ended up costing Adamsville the game.
Kendall finished the game 1-3 with 2 RBIs.
Melton was AHS’s leading hitter, going 2-3 with 2 doubles, and 2 runs scored.
Hunter McSwain, Chappell, and Martin were all 1-3 on the day.
The Adamsville Cardinals ended their season with a record of 21-12 overall, and finished 4th in their district tournament after finishing 3rd in the district during the regular season.
“Of course this marks the end of the high school careers of our six seniors, Will Erwin, Jake Martin, Bradley Melton, Zach “Dobber” Robinson, Wayne Replogle and Jamel Sanders,” said Lambert, “and I want to thank them for their many examples of leadership and for the great effort and memories that they have added to the tradition of Adamsville Cardinal Baseball.”
Lambert also went on to thank the members of his coaching staff, Rennard Woodmore and Brandon Jackson, for the time and care they put into the Adamsville baseball program.
Lambert also extended his gratitude to AHS’s administration for their support, and the numerous businesses in the county.
“I also would like to thank the local businesses for their financial support of our kids and the Hardin County Bank, Bancorp South, Community South, Central Bank, and Farmers & Merchants Bank for their assistance with our Champions Card Fundraiser back in February,” said Lambert.
“A special thank you goes to Jason and Angela Griffin for organizing our golf tournament and for providing photographs of our players, Tim and Michelle Wallis for stocking and organizing our concession stand, Jimmy Chappell for his cooking services, and Sabrina Griswell for her serving as our program treasurer,” Lambert said. “A thank you also goes to the numerous parents that assisted with transportation, concessions, and special projects at the field this season.”
Lastly, Coach Lambert went on to thank his 2011 Adamsville Cardinal baseball players for all the effort they poured into continuing the tradition of Adamsville Baseball.
“While we were all disappointed that our season ended sooner than expected,” said Lambert, “I am not disappointed in how we played hard every day and improved each day.”
The Cardinals return seven starters to next year’s team, and will now prepare for their summer ball season in hopes of making it back to Murfreesboro for a state title run in the spring of 2012.