Centreville Tigers’ season comes to end
CENTREVILLE — The Centreville Academy Tigers saw their season come to an end Friday afternoon as they lost to the Newton County Academy Generals 11-0 in Game 2 of the 2019 MAIS Class AA South State Playoffs.
Despite the lopsided final score, the game did go seven innings. Senior Tyler Thomassie got the start for District 4 No. 2 seed Centreville in what turned out to be his final game for the Tigers. And District 3 No. 2 seed Newton County Academy was not exactly a gracious visiting team.
“They just hit everything. We tried throwing different pitches at different counts. They were ready for everything we threw,” Tigers head coach Robert Bordelon said. “They kept a lot of pressure on our defense. We would make an error and they turned it into a big inning.”
The Generals scored in six of the seven innings. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added one run each in the top of the second and third innings to grab a 4-0 lead. They were up 7-0 before finally being held scoreless in the top of the sixth innings.
Oddly enough, the big inning for Newton County Academy didn’t occur until the top of the seventh inning, when they brought in four runs.
Hayden West was the winning pitcher for the Generals as he pitched a complete-game three hitter with 11 strikeouts, just two walks, and one hit batter.
“We didn’t execute very well. We tried bunting a couple of times. We couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” Bordelon said. “I just think Newton was ready to play. They didn’t’ make any errors in this game at all.”
Offensively, the Generals finished with 11 base hits and were aided by two Centreville errors.. They were led by Alec Thompson and Hays West, both of whom had three base hits. Thompson was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Hays West went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Hayden Wall was 2-for-4 with three RBIs while Hayden West helped his own cause by going 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored.”
Thomassie, Wyatt Brabham, and Tyler Jones each had a base hit for the Tigers, all of them singles.
“They’re a good team and they deserved to win. I hope they go far in the playoffs,” Bordelon said of the Generals, who took the best-of-three series two games to none.
Newton County Academy (15-12) will take on District 5 No. 1 seed Glenbrook School in the Class AA South State Semifinals later this week. Centerville Academy finished with an overall record of 13-13.