After becoming area 4 baseball champions, defeating Mary Montgomery in round one, McGill-Toolen in round two, and Theodore in round three, the Auburn High baseball team was unable to bring home the 2017 7A state championship on Saturday. Auburn won game one of the three game set at Paterson Field on Friday night by a score of 9-6. In the game, Teddy Benda went two for four with three RBI, and Rawlins Cleveland went two for three including a two-run home run in the first.
On Saturday the series moved to Riverwalk Stadium where the Tigers dropped the first game 4-0. Hoover starter Brock Guffey dominated the Tigers offense, as he went 7.0 innings allowing just two hits and striking out 11. With the series tied, a tiebreaker game was needed to decide the 7A state champion, a game that Auburn lost in a heartbreaking 6-5 defeat. Hoover scored one run in the first and five in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Auburn began a rally in the fifth, scoring 2 runs to cut the deficit to 6-2. Auburn added on one more in the sixth, then Rowdy Jordan brought home two on an RBI single in the seventh to give the Tigers life down 6-5. However, Jordan then got picked off first base to kill the rally. Hoover started Devin Cole got credit for the win for going 5.0 innings allowing no earned runs while Brock Guffey, who had started game two, came in and got the save in game three.
Auburn finished the season an impressive 28-12 and got 7A State runner-up for the second year in a row.