Auburn High School baseball finished their first area series of the year on Thursday night against Central-Phenix City. Auburn earned a series split against the Central Red Devils, then won the tiebreaker game so they will receive the benefit in the case of a tie in area play to decide the seedings for the 2018 7A Playoff. In the first game on Wednesday afternoon at home, Auburn won 2-1 thanks to a pitching gem by Senior Drew Jennings. Jennings pitched the complete game, giving up just three hits and one earned run. The biggest offensive play of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when Senior Clayton Phillips brought home Ryan Lambert on an RBI single on what ended up being the deciding run.
On Thursday afternoon, the Tigers traveled to Phenix City to play a double header against the Red Devils. In game one, the Tigers weren’t able to win despite an incredible pitching performance by Senior Brooks Fuller. Fuller took the loss as he went 6.0 innings giving up just two hits, one unearned run, and striking out seven. The Auburn offence was held at bay by Central starter Zach Zohnson. Johnson pitched a complete game giving up three hits and no runs in the narrow 1-0 victory. After the series spit, Auburn and Central played a tiebreaker game, where the Tigers bats really came alive as they scored 15 runs on 16 hits. Senior Garrett Morris led the offencive charge going 4-4 with two RBI. Senior Brooks Fuller and Junior Kyle Trimble both hit home runs in the game, Fuller’s was a three run shot in the first inning and Trimble’s was a two run shot in the fourth. Trimble finished the game 2-2 with four RBI and three runs scored. Auburn won the game by a 15-4 final score through six innings (mercy rule in effect).
Next, Auburn will travel to play rival Opelika on Tuesday, April 10 then Troup County comes to the Auburn High Campus to take on the Tigers on Thursday, April 12. Scott Bagwell and Blake Ramsey will have coverage of the Auburn/Troup County game beginning at 4:30 on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and the ESPN 106.7 app. ESPN 106.7 will also have coverage of the next area series against Smiths Station on April 18 and 19.