Tallulah bounced in baseball playoffs

Published 9:05 am Friday, May 6, 2016

One of the best baseball seasons in Tallulah Academy history came to an end Thursday night in Waynesboro.

Gunner West held the Trojans to two hits, and Wayne Academy beat Tallulah 7-0 in Game 2 of their second-round MAIS Class AA baseball playoff series.

Wayne Academy swept the best-of-three series and advanced to face Amite School Center in the Class AA semifinals next week. Tallulah finished its season with an 18-8-1 record and a district championship.

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After sweeping Wilkinson Christian in the first round, Tallulah struggled to find its footing at the plate against Wayne Academy. Tallulah only had three hits in the two games, all of which were singles.

The Trojans made up for it in Game 1 by drawing 10 walks, but didn’t have as much luck while facing elimination. West retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t give up a hit until Brice Wood singled with one out in the fifth inning.

By then, Wayne held a 6-0 lead. It scored three unearned runs in the second inning and two more on a single by Grayson Livingston in the fifth. Livingston later scored on a base hit by Austin King.

Tallulah pitchers Alan Kivett and John Curtis Thompson combined to allow a modest seven hits and three walks, but the Trojans committed seven errors behind them. Kivett struck out two batters in 3 1/3 innings.