Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Special Photo Grayson's Austin Meadows rounds second during the Rams' doubleheader against Luella on Thursday. Grayson swept the second-round state playoff series.
LOCUST GROVE -- The Grayson Rams went into a hostile environment at Luella and swept the Lions to move on to the next round of the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs. Grayson won 5-1 and 4-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.
After a scoreless first inning in Game 1, Grayson waited until it faced two outs in the top of the second before going to work on Luella ace Matt Kelly. After Kelly walked Grayson's Oscar Valdes, Jeril Dawson drilled a single into right field which drove in the game's first run.
Senior Carter Collins then belted a three-run double to put the Rams up 4-0. Grayson added one more score in the top of the sixth and rode a masterful pitching performance by junior Chris Erwin, who struck out 12 batters while only surrendering three hits as the Rams bested Luella 5-1.
In the nightcap, the Rams again benefited from a fast start by taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. But Luella battled back in the top of the third when Jeremie Little singled to right-center field, bringing home Matt Brook for the Lions' first score.
Senior Vincent Jackson then smashed a two-run shot over the right-field fence, which put Luella ahead 3-2 in the top of the sixth. Drama ensued in the bottom of the seventh when, after a two-out double into right field by Austin Meadows loaded the bases for Grayson, the umpire called a balk on pitcher Kendall Hill which resulted in the tying run being walked in for the Rams.
With two outs, Erwin ripped a 2-3 pitch into the right-center gap, scoring the decisive run which gave Grayson a 4-3 victory.
With the wins, the Rams improved to 24-7 overall, and will play at North Cobb in Tuesday's quarterfinals.