Cardinals wrangle Mustangs twice

By Andrew Alexander

The long ball was the theme for the day as Adamsville High School hosted Madison Academic High School in a District 15A double-header Friday, defeating the Mustangs 9-8 in the first game and 13-3 in the second, moving their record in district play to 7-3. 

“Good to be 7-3 in the district,” said Coach Steven Lambert, “and I am proud of how this team has battled from starting the season 4-8, and after tonight having won 13 of our last 15 games.”

The Cardinals started their first game of Friday evening off on the right foot, plating three runs in the bottom of the first, two of which came from a Josh Chappell two-run homerun, making the score 3-0, Adamsville, at the end of one.

Madison Academic manufactured a run in the second, but Adamsville’s lead remained three runs going into the fourth, thanks to Will Erwin’s RBI double that allowed Kasey Hurley to score, bringing the score to 4-1.

MAHS exploded for five runs early in the third inning and stole the lead from the Cardinals. 

After the Mustangs extended their advantage again in the fourth, making the score 6-4, Jake Martin was brought in to relieve Adamsville’s starting pitcher, Montell Johnson.

Hurley singled home a run, and Will Erwin matched Chappell’s first inning, two-run homerun with one of his own in the bottom of the fourth, helping the Cardinals battle back and tie the game at 7 after four.

The Mustangs pushed another run across in the top of the fifth, but Adamsville continued to have the answer as John Reed Odom joined the two-run homerun club by belting a shot to left-center, and gave the Cards a 9-8 cushion.

The one-run lead was held by the Cardinal bullpen through the sixth and seventh innings, finalizing game one.

“I was proud of how we battled back to beat a pretty good hitting team in Madison,” said Coach Lambert.

Martin was awarded the win coming out of the pen throwing a strong 2 2/3 innings and giving up only two hits and one earned run.

Odom locked down another save on the season by shutting MAHS down in the seventh.

Erwin finished 4-4 with a double, a homerun, and 3 RBIs.

Like the first game of the evening, the second started out hot for Adamsville as the Cardinals nearly batted around in the top of the first, scoring four runs.

Another run made its way home for Adamsville in the second and their lead grew to 5-0.

In the top of the third, junior starting pitcher Drew Griswell helped his own cause by driving in a run with a bunt single, and the rest of the Cardinals responded to his effort by tacking on four additional runs in the inning, bringing the score to 10-0, AHS, through three.

One more run crossed the plate for Adamsville in the fourth, and it appeared that the Cardinals would coast to victory in game two before a two-run, Mustang homerun in the bottom of the inning cut the Cards’ lead to nine runs.

The Cardinals and Mustangs each scored a run in the fifth, making the score 12-3 as the game lingered on into the late April night.

 The contest ended when Odom capped the second game of the double-header off with a homerun in the top of the sixth, giving Adamsville a ten-run lead that the Mustangs could not overcome.

Griswell pitched an impressive game, throwing all six innings for the Cardinals, striking out three, allowing only two earned runs, and picking up the win.

 Adamsville recorded 17 hits and Odom was the top producer in the second game, going 4-4 with a single, two doubles, a homerun, and three runs batted in.

Bradley Melton homered twice and leads the Cardinals with 12 homeruns on the season.

“This is a testimony to the work that our kids and our coaches have put in over the last month as we are preparing for the district tournament,” said Coach Lambert.

Two wins on the day placed AHS at 17-10 overall.

The Cardinals will scheduled to hold their Senior Night ceremonies between games during their scheduled double-header Monday against the Lions of Scotts Hill.