Red-hot Cards surge in District

By Andrew Alexander & David Shirley

Red-hot Cards surge in District

AHS Seniors, from left: Wayne Replogle, Will Erwin, Jake Martin, Bradley Melton, Zach Robinson and Jamel Sanders. Staff Photos by Andrew Alexander

The Adamsville Cardinals ended the South Gibson Hornet’s season and continued theirs in Middleton Monday during Class 15A District Tournament play, defeating the Hornets by a final score of 13-3.

“Kasey Hurley … battled through adversity early on the mound and kept us in the game until the bats woke up and gave us a hard-fought victory,” said Cardinal Coach Steven Lambert.

Hurley was awarded the win for his performance on the mound.

Jalen Kendall returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the last two games, going 2-4 on the day with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Bradley Melton went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and his 14th home-run of the season.

Josh Chappell finished 2-3 with a home run, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

The win takes Adamsville’s overall record to 21-11, and 10-4 in District 15A.

The Cards looked to extend their playoff life in the district tournament by overcoming the Mustangs of Madison Academic Magnet Tuesday evening in Middleton.

Look for continued coverage of the Class 15A District Tournament, and subsequent coverage of the Region 8A Tournament in next week’s Independent Appeal.

Previously, Adamsville High School’s seniors, Wayne Replogle, Will Erwin, Jamel Sanders, Bradley Melton, Jake Martin and Zach Robinson, careers were celebrated last Wednesday night after the Cardinals trounced the Lions of Scotts Hill by recording 14 hits in rout to a 17-2 victory.

“Good way to finish out the regular season and send out our seniors with a big win,” said Cardinal Coach Steven Lambert, “And also a good way to have momentum going into district tournament play.”

The streaking Cardinals began the game hot in the first inning with RBIs coming from the bats of Martin, John Reed Odom, and Drew Griswell, giving the Cards an early 4-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Montell Johnson, threw a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second to hold the Lions scoreless while Adamsville’s Josh Chappell and Odom hit back-to-back doubles off the wall, driving in a run apiece before Martin recorded another RBI, blooping a single into shallow center-field to push the AHS lead to 7-0.

Kasey Hurley received the nod and took the mound for the Cardinals in the top of the third in relief of Johnson, who threw two full innings, struck out one, and did not allow a hit.

After Adamsville, and Hurley, kept Scotts Hill’s side of the scoreboard blank in the top of the inning, Replogle pushed Griswell across home plate with a hard-hit ball to the shortstop, beginning a massive bottom of the third for the Cards.

Erwin then singled and Hunter McSwain followed him with a walk before Bradley Melton teed off on a fastball, sending it into orbit somewhere over McNairy County and driving in three runs in the process to increase the Cardinal lead to 11-0.

Later in the inning, wild pitches, courtesy of the flustered Lion hurler, allowed Odom and Chappell to cross the plate.

Replogle made the score 17-0 and capped off the huge inning for the Cardinals with a single that gave him his second RBI of the inning.

Robinson was brought in to finish the Lions off on his senior night, and he did just that, allowing only 1 earned run in the fourth inning, and striking out the side to end the game in the fifth.

“We have been playing pretty well over the last few weeks,” said Coach Lambert, “and we’ll now try to reach the goals that we set at the beginning of the season.”

Johnson was awarded the win as three AHS pitchers combined efforts to allow only 4 hits and 1 earned run on the day.

Sanders walked once and scored 2 runs on senior night. Martin went 1 for 1 with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Melton was 1 for 3 and hit his 13th home-run of the season. Erwin went 2 for 2, with 2 runs scored, and 1 stolen base. Replogle finished 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Chappell was 2 for 2 on the day with a double, 2 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. Odom went 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Griswell was 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored, and  2 RBIs. Hurley threw one inning in relief, striking out one batter, and also went 2-3 at the plate with a run scored and 2 RBIs.

The win finalized Adamsville’s regular season record at 19-10 with a 9-3 record in District 15A competitions.

The Cardinals were flying high as they made their way into the district tournament, having won 15 of their last 17 games, and played Scotts Hill, once again, in their first game of this year’s Class 15A District Tournament Monday night in Jackson.

They journeyed to TCA in Jackson on Friday to take on the Lions of Scotts Hill in District 15A opening round baseball tournament play. After neither team scored in the first two innings, AHS exploded for 11 runs in the third inning to take control of the game, posted three more in the fourth, and went on to get the win, 14-0, in five innings.

“We started out the game swinging the bats, but hitting balls right at their fielders and hit in to a double play in each of the first two innings, but then took advantage of several errors and eight hits to put 11 runs on the board in the second inning,” said coach Steven Lambert. 

“I was very proud of Drew Griswell’s effort on the hill as he gave up two hits in the first inning and then blanked them the rest of the way. Hunter McSwain continued to lead from behind the dish controlling the running game and keeping the ball off the backstop. Drew, Kasey Hurley and Will Erwin had big games at the plate. Always good to start the postseason off with a win. Step one toward success accomplished.”

Griswell was the winning pitcher for the Cards, going five innings and evening his record at 3-3. AHS had 12 hits and played error-free baseball. Scotts Hill managed just two hits and committed four errors. Both squads moved on to second round tourney play. 

Cardinal leading hitters: Will Erwin 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI; Hunter McSwain 1-3 with a double, 1 run scored and 1 RBI; Bradley Melton 1-3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI; Josh Chappell 1-2 with an RBI; Jalen Kendall 1-3 with 1 run scored; John Reed Odom 1-3 with 1 run scored and an RBI; Drew Griswell 2-2 with a double and 1 run scored and Kasey Hurley 3-3 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. 

Southpaw Patrick McGrath shut down the Adamsville High School Cardinals bats Friday night in second round District 15A tournament play at TCA in Jackson, leading the Lions to a 10-0 victory in six innings.

AHS had their best scoring chance in the first inning, when after a walk and a throwing error, the Cards found themselves with runners at second and third with nobody out. Adamsville then hit in to a double play, followed by a strikeout, and ended up with no runs and all the momentum shifting back to TCA. 

After TCA put up two runs in the bottom of the inning, AHS never quite recovered and McGrath and his teammates never looked back. They scored three more in the second and third innings, and single runs in the fourth and sixth to claim the 10-0 win.

“Not the outcome we wanted and expected as TCA came out swinging and we didn’t,” said Coach Steven Lambert. “TCA’s pitcher is one of the best around and we couldn’t get much going offensively, with only one hit. Proud of the boys played hard and stayed in the game and we know this is nothing we haven’t seen before. Step two of our objective is just delayed until Monday at 6:30. We’ll be ready.”

Cardinal catcher Hunter McSwain fell to the ground in a lot of pain while running out a ground ball in the top of the fourth. He left the game with what was thought to be an apparent hip flexor, and was said to be a game time decision in the Cardinals next game.

Montell Johnson took the loss for AHS, dropping to 4-3 on the season. He was relieved by Jake Martin and Zach Robinson. AHS manged just one base hit and committed three errors. TCA had nine hits and was guilty of one error. Both teams advance to further play in the District 15A tourney. Cardinal leading hitter: Josh Chappell 1-2.