Redbirds fall in championship game
Lead-off hitter John Reed Odom steals third base with a slide into the dirt for Adamsville.
Saturday, June 4 began the final day of the School’s Out Spectacular hosted by the Adamsville Redbirds.
The championship game left Jackson Southside and Adamsville to duel it out on one of the hottest days so far this year.
John Reed Odom was the first to step up to the plate and was walked by the Southside pitcher. Jalen Kendall brought Odom home on the next hit with a triple.
Josh Chappell nearly knocked one out of the park but before it was caught Kendall made it home.
Southside made a double play sending the game into the bottom of the first, 2-0.
Two runs were made by Southside and the second went scoreless.
After only an hour of play the players were getting beat by the heat.
Odom, the catcher, made a base hit in the top of the third and was able to steal his way home before Southside made their three outs.
Jackson matched Adamsville’s run and then some in the bottom, taking the lead, 5-3.
The Redbirds made two runs in the fourth with a base hit from Drew Griswell and a home run hit by lead pitcher Josh Burks.
Southside conquered a strikeout and caught two pop-ups to give a tied score of five as they headed into the bottom of the inning.
With time running out, Southside made a strong come back, with five late runs.
Adamsville took runner-up, with a scoreless fifth inning, and Jackson Southside celebrated the victory.
Redbirds’ lead pitcher Josh Burks is surrounded by his teammates as he takes a celebration hop on homeplate.