By Marla Jones, Sports Editor
Mobile Christian 6, Fyffe 0
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—In the 2016 AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship at Montgomery’s RiverWalk Stadium, the Fyffe Red Devils were defeated by the defending State Champions, Mobile Christian Leopards, 6-0.
Fyffe faced Mobile Christian in the first game of the series, Tuesday night and was defeated 6-5. The Devil's came to the game on Wednesday knowing that they would have to win back-to-back games to claim the Championship. That seemed to be within reach in the fifth inning, when Fyffe loaded the bases with just one out. Luck was with the Leopards as they caught a fly ball and a hit was grounded out to end the Devil threat. “Sometimes it’s just not your day” said Fyffe Head Coach, Brad Thomas. “ This team has overcome a lot of adversity, At the first of the season, My hair was turning gray and I was popping Rolaids.”
Bryson Hatcher pitched the seven shutout innings against Fyffe. Ethan Hearn gave Mobile the lead in the second inning with a two-run single. The Leopards scored in the third, fourth , sixth and seventh innings of the game. Hatcher only allowed five hits and one walk. He struck out five.
At the plate, Brant Rowell, Brady Carson, Jase Jones and Tyler Ashley all had a hit for Fyffe.
On the mound, Brant Rowell started the game. Brady Carson relieved him in the second. Carson pitched five innings and allowed four runs on ninety-fives pitches.
The Fyffe Red Devils have never made it to the State Championship game in Baseball. “This group of Seniors will be known as the winningest group in football and quite possibly in baseball”, Thomas said. The Fyffe Red Devils are the Class 2A State Baseball Runner Up,
Coach Brad Thomas brought his four Seniors to the post game conference. Thomas had this to say, “I want to give glory to God. If you knew who I was and where I was sixteen years ago, for me to be sitting in this chair right now is an absolute intersection of grace and mercy. He’s been really good to me.” All four seniors expressed that their faith had brought them this far. The Red Devils did not bring home the blue trophy but they have something instilled in them that is better than any trophy or accolade that you could ever receive.