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Walker, Hall claim wins on the mound, Bulldogs drop second game

Crenshaw County has a lot to be proud of as it has not one, but two county baseball teams heading into the fourth round of the AHSAA state playoffs.

After last Thursday’s announcement from the AHSAA that all playoff games statewide would be postponed due to the H1N1 flu virus scare, both Brantley High School and Luverne School had to put the brakes on everything.

For Brantley, the third round proved to be a little tougher than the first two as they dropped one loss to J.U. Blacksher, but they came out on top after winning the necessary game late Wednesday.

“We won the first game 6-3 Tuesday afternoon, but the second game had to be called off because of the rains,” BHS head baseball coach Ashley Kilcrease said.

In Game One, senior Stephen Walker got the win on the mound after pitching the entire game. Both Walker and Chase Hall hit home runs during that win.

But J.U. Blacksher gave the Bulldogs some trouble yesterday as they played Game Two at noon.

The Bulldogs were up 6-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning when pitcher Anthony Gulley walked three batters; after that, J.U. Blacksher got off four hits bringing them a 7-6 win over Brantley.

In Game Three, Chase Hall got the win on the mound as he pitched the entire game.

During the fourth inning, Hall broke a 2-2 tie with a 3-run homerun. Reed Kilcrease also added a solo homerun, and the Bulldogs walked away with a 7-2 victory.

They will now travel to Sweetwater Friday, but Kilcrease wasn’t sure about the time of the games just yet.

“We’re hoping the games will start around 5 p.m., but we’re not sure yet,” he said. “People should be able to call Brantley School on Thursday or Friday and find out the game times by then.”

“This is our second trip to the fourth round of the playoffs in the last two years, and we hope this time we can pull out the victory and make it to Montgomery next week,” Kilcrease said.

Last year, Providence Christian knocked the Bulldogs out of the fourth round of the AHSAA Class 1A state playoffs.

This is also the first time that Kilcrease remembers both Brantley and Luverne making it to the fourth round of the playoffs at the same time.

“We’re hoping we’ll both be in Montgomery together,” he said.