Stellar Sweet Water season ends in playoff loss

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Jonah Smith worked nine strong innings in a game one win over Mobile Christian Friday night.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Jonah Smith worked nine strong innings in a game one win over Mobile Christian Friday night.

Sweet Water’s remarkable season under first-year head coach John Gluschick ended in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs with a 7-3 game three loss to Mobile Christian.

The Bulldogs trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the third when Luke Davis flew out to right, scoring Branson Davis on the play to make it 3-1. The Mobile Christian lead ballooned to 6-1 by the bottom of the fifth when Shamar Lewis hit a sacrifice flay to place Braden Broussard to cut the deficit to 6-2. Luke Davis added the third Bulldog run to cut it to 6-3 before Mobile Christian tacked on an insurance score in the top of the sixth.

Errors plagued Sweet Water in the contest as the Bulldogs committed five miscues, leading to five unearned runs. Cole Morgan toed the rubber for six strong innings, scattering seven hits and striking out two.

Senior second baseman Branson Davis records an out at first base in game one against Mobile Christian Friday.

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Senior second baseman Branson Davis records an out at first base in game one against Mobile Christian Friday.

Jonah Smith went 2-for-4 in the game. Wynn Thompson was 1-for-3. Branson Davis went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Broussard was 1-for-1 with a run scored. Luke Davis was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Lewis drove in a run.

Sweet Water won the series opener in walk-off fashion Friday night, notching a 3-1 victory in 10 innings.

Sweet Water got a one-out double from Will Huckabee in the bottom of the seventh to score Wynn Thompson and tie the game at 1-1. The Bulldogs won it with two out in the 10th after Luke Davis reached on an error to extend the inning. Shamar Lewis stroked a two-run walk-off shot to end it.

The homer handed the win to Morgan, who worked a perfect 10th inning with one strikeout after coming on in relief of Smith, who struck out nine batters over nine innings of work and allowing only five hits.

Huckabee went 2-for-4 with one RBI in the game. Thompson was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Morgan finished 1-for-4. Luke Davis scored a run. Lewis finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Sweet Water proved unable to carry the momentum of that win over to game two as it allowed 11 runs in three innings en route to a 12-4 loss.

Sweet Water got singles from Smith, Hunter Mendenhall, Branson Davis, Broussard, Sasha Smith and Lewis in the game as well as runs from Jonah Smith, Huckabee, Mendenhall and Broussard.

The Bulldogs ended the season at 22-11.