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Auburn High Baseball Wins Area Championship Over Smiths Station

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The mission was accomplished on Thursday night for the Auburn High Baseball team as they swept area foe Smiths Station at home to become champions of 7A area four. Smiths Station struck first in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Dalton Herrelson to take the early 1-0 lead. Panthers starter Clay Weatherly had a no-hitter going in the sixth, but after two straight walks, Auburn Senior Garrett Morris broke up the no-hit bid with a three-run home run to put the Tigers out in front 3-1. Smiths Station answered in the seventh with another RBI single from Dalton Herrelson, but the tying run was left stranded at third to lead to a 3-2 Tiger victory. Auburn starter Brooks Fuller picked up the win for his six innings of work in which he gave up two unearned runs, then Jackson Arnold pitched the seventh inning to pick up the save. The Tigers then went on to take the potential tiebreaker game despite the game not having any playoff implications 14-4.

 

With wins in both games one and two made Auburn the champions of 7A area four, and the area championship allows Auburn to host in round one against 7A area two runner-up McGill-Toolen in round one of the 7A Playoffs on April 27th and 28th. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have complete coverage of the round one series from Auburn High school on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Here’s what Auburn High Head Coach Matt Cimo had to say about the Tigers capturing the area championship after the game:

Auburn High Takes Game One On The Road Against Area Rival Smiths Station

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Coming into Wednesday night’s series opener against area foe Smiths Station, the Auburn High baseball team knew that they needed to win if they had any hope of hosting round one of the 7A playoffs and they got the job done on the road. Smiths Station struck first in the third on two RBI singles by Dalton Gunter and Ryan Bradley to make it 2-0. Then the Tigers struck for their first run of the night in the fifth by scoring Ryan Lambert on a wild pitch. After Lambert cut the lead to one, Garrett Morris singled home Clayton Phillips and Jackson Arnold doubled home Morris to take a 3-2 lead. Auburn tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to make it 4-2, then the Tigers would go on to win by that score. Both starters went the complete game as Smiths Station’s Jerry Dale Bowman went 7.0 innings giving up ten hits, four earned runs, and striking out six. Auburn’s Drew Jennings went 7.0 innings giving up just five hits, two earned runs, and striking out four. Jennings also went the complete game in a 2-1 victory against Central-Phenix City earlier this month to make him a perfect 2-0 in area play.

 

Auburn High must win game two on Thursday to host McGill-Toolen in round one of the 7A playoffs. If they lose, they will travel to Fairhope for the first round. The Tigers will look to complete their sweep of the Panthers on Thursday afternoon at home. Scott Bagwell and Blake Ramsey will have coverage of the double header from the campus of Auburn High School beginning at 4:30 on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Auburn High Baseball Travels to Area Foe Smiths Station

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There is good news and bad news for the Auburn High Baseball team- the good news is that because Smiths Station beat Central two games to none (Central won the tie breaker), Auburn High is officially in the AHSAA 7A Playoffs. The bad news is that they must beat Smiths Station two games to none if they want to win area four and host in round one of the AHSAA Playoffs. Last season, the Tigers beat the Panthers two games to none to win the area, which allowed them to host Mary Montgomery High at home. If Auburn is unable to win both games against Smiths Station, they will become the area four runner-up and will travel to either Fairhope or McGill-Toolen depending on who wins area two.

 

Although he is not the confirmed, Auburn will most likely send their usual game one starter to the mound Drew Jennings. In his last start against Central-Phenix City, Jennings went a complete game 7.0 innings giving up just one run on three hits striking out five. Game one will be played Wednesday night at Smiths Station, then game two and the tiebreaker game will be played at Auburn on Thursday Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have coverage beginning at 5:00 on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Auburn High Baseball Takes Two Out Of Three From Area Foe Central-Phenix City

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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.

 

Auburn High Travels to Face Area Foe Central on Thursday Afternoon

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Auburn High will be traveling to Phenix City this afternoon to face Central in a doubleheader in area play. On Wednesday afternoon, Auburn came out victorious over the Red Devils by a 2-1 final score to take the 1-0 advantage in the three game set. Auburn Senior Drew Jennings pitched a complete game on Wednesday, giving up just three hits, one run, and punching out five. In a tie game with two outs in the fourth, Senior Clayton Phillips brought home the go-ahead run from third base which ultimately ended up being the difference in the 2-1 victory.

 

If the Tigers are able to take game two in Phenix City, it will require just one win against the other area rival Smiths Station to guarantee a spot in the 2018 AHSAA 7A Playoffs. After game two, they will go into a tiebreaker game to help settle any ties that may come up in area play to decide playoff seeding. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have coverage of the doubleheader live from Phenix City, Alabama beginning at 4:30. Both games will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Auburn High Baseball Opens Area Play Wednesday Afternoon Against Central

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The most important part of the 2018 regular season is here for Auburn High Baseball- area play. Auburn High’s area is made up of Auburn High, Central-Phenix City, and Smiths Station High. The Tigers will play a three game set against each team, starting with Central-Phenix City. The Red Devils currently hold an impressive 19-9 record (Auburn holds a 19-4 record) and lost in the first round of the AHSAA Baseball Playoff last season to Theodore. Auburn and Central will play one game in Auburn on Wednesday followed by a double header on Thursday in Phenix City. The Tigers will then go to Smiths Station for one game on April 18, then play a double header against the Panthers at home on April 19.

 

Winning games against area opponents is key because the top two teams in each division make it into the 2018 7A Baseball Playoffs, and it all starts Wednesday on the campus of Auburn High School. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the coverage of the game beginning at 5:00 on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app. Bagwell and Hubbard will also have coverage of games two and three of the series from Phenix City on Thursday beginning at 4:30. Both of those games will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

Riley’s Ramblings: Improvements Auburn Baseball Needs To Make Before Taking The Field Against Missouri

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Auburn baseball dropped two out of three to a good Kentucky team last weekend which made their record 21-5. Even though it was an exhibition matchup, Auburn’s win in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery should provide some momentum for the Tigers going into another SEC matchup this weekend against Missouri. Casey Mize pitched well enough to win on Friday as he pitched seven innings with five hits, two earned runs, and twelve strikeouts, but a ninth inning comeback by the Wildcats off of Calvin Coker resulted in a loss. Davis Daniel pitched well in a 4-3 Auburn victory on Saturday, but Tanner Burns lasted just two innings with a tough Kentucky offence in a blowout loss.

 

Despite losing the series, Auburn can still learn from mistakes. Auburn’s bullpen and clutch hitting needs to sharpen up a lot if Auburn wants to be successful in conference play. Over the weekend, the Tigers left a total of 21 runners on base. Auburn finds a lot of situations in which their RBI guys are at the plate with runners on, and can’t cash in.

 

Even with the series loss, Auburn is still respected by both Baseball America (9th) and D1 Baseball (13th) in their polls this week. Auburn is back at home this weekend against an unranked Missouri squad. Missouri is still a solid SEC opponent with a 19-6 record and won last weekend’s series over Mississippi State at home. However, they are not nearly as talented as Texas A&M and Kentucky are, so as long as the Tigers come through with key hits with runners in scoring position, Auburn could look to sweep at home on Easter weekend which would be a huge momentum boost for them before a tough road series against Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Former SEC Baseball Players in Major League Baseball

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Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, played for the tigers from 2005-2006

With the 2018 Major League Baseball season kicking off Thursday, check out the full list of former SEC players that are currently on Opening Day rosters and will be taking the field today:

Auburn University

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays 3B

Grant Dayton, Atlanta Braves RP

Garrett Cooper, Miami Marlins 1B

 

University of Alabama

David Robertson, New York Yankees RP

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Robertson, a 2011 All-Star and a Birmingham native, pitched for the Crimson Tide from 2005-2006.

Alex Avila, Arizona Diamondbacks C

Tommy Hunter, Philadelphia Phillies RP

Wade LaBlanc, Seattle Mariners RP

Adam Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies RP

Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers SP

 

University of Arkansas

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros SP

Drew Smyly, Seattle Mariners SP (beginning season on DL)

Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B

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Keuchel, the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner and 2017 World Series Champion, pitched for the razorbacks from 2007-2009

James McCann, Detroit Tigers C

Andrew Beninetidi, Boston Red Sox 3B

Craig Gentry, Baltimore Orioles LF

Blake Parker, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP

Brian Anderson, Miami Marlins 3B

 

University of Florida

Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds SP

O’Day, who was named to the American League All-Star team in 2015, pitched for the Gators from 2003-2006

Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles RP

Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners C

Preston Tucker, Atlanta Braves LF

Austin Maddox, Boston Red Sox RP

Brian Johnson, Boston Red Sox SP

 

University of Georgia

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Wood, a second round draft pick in the 2012 MLB draft, pitched for the bulldogs from 2010-2012

Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers SP

Josh Fields, Kansas City Royals RP

Justin Grimm, Chicago Cubs RP

Kyle Farmer, Los Angeles Dodgers C

 

 

University of Kentucky

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians 2B (transferred)

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Kipnis, a two time all-star, played for the Wildcats from 2006-2007 before transferring to Arizona State

Trevor Gott, Washington Nationals RP

Luke Maile, Toronto Blue Jays C

Alex Meyer, Los Angeles Angels of Anehiem SP (beginning season on DL)

James Paxton, Seattle Mariners SP

Taylor Rogers, Minnesota Twins RP

Chris Rusin, Colorado Rockies RP

JT Riddle, Miami Marlins SS

 

Louisiana State University

DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies 2B

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LeMahieu, the 2016 National League batting champion, played for the tigers from 2008-2009

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros 3B

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles SP

Nick Goody, Cleveland Indians RP

Will Harris, Houston Astros RP

JaCoby Jones, Detroit Tigers CF

Mikie Mahtook, Detroit Tigers CF

Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies SP

Jason Vargas, New York Mets SP (transferred)

 

Mississippi State University

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Frazier played for the bulldogs from 2011-2013

Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates 2B

Chad Girodo, Toronto Blue Jays RP

Kendall Graveman, Oakland Athletics SP

Jonathan Holder, New York Yankees RP

Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox 1B

Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres RF

Chris Stratton, San Francisco Giants RP

Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers SP

 

Cozart, a 2017 National League All-Star, played for the Rebels from 2005-2007

University of Mississippi

Drew Pomeranz, SP, Boston Red Sox (beginning season on DL)

Zach Cozart, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS

Lance Lynn, Minnesota Twins SP

Mike Mayers, St. Louis Cardinals RP

Anthony Alford, Toronto Blue Jays CF

 

University of Missouri

Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 and the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 and 2017, pitched for the tigers from 2004-2006

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals SP

Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins SP

 

University of South Carolina

Jackie Bradley Jr, Boston Red Sox CF

Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals 2B

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians RF

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Bradley, a 2016 American League all-star, played for the gamecocks from 2009-2010

Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays 1B

Sam Dyson, San Francisco Giants RP

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians RF

Heath Hembree, Boston Red Sox RP

Steve Pearce, Toronto Blue Jays LB

Jordan Montgomery, New York Yankees SP

 

University of Tennessee

Headley, who was awarded the National League Silver Slugger Award in 2012, played for the Volunteers from 2004-2005 after transferring from Pacific University

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres 3B

Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians C (transferred)

Zach Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks SP

Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks SP

Drew Steckenrider, Miami Marlins RP

 

Texas A&M University

Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals RP

Wacha, a 2015 National League All-Star, pitched for the Aggies from 2010-2012

A.J. Minter, Atlanta Braves SP

Daniel Mengden, Oakland Athletics SP

Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians CF

Ross Stripling, Los Angeles Dodgers RP

Alex Wilson, Detroit Tigers RP

 

Vanderbilt University

David Price, Boston Red Sox SP

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Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the Commodores from 2005-2007

Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves SS

Sonny Gray, New York Yankees SP

Ryan Flaherty, Atlanta Braves 2B

Carson Fulmer, Chicago White Sox RP

Mike Minor, Texas Rangers SP

Drew VerHagen, Detroit Tigers RP

 

Auburn High Mercy Rules Harris County 14-3

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Auburn High Baseball came out victorious on Tuesday afternoon, as they mercy ruled Harris County by a 14-3 final score to improve their record to 17-3. Auburn’s main key to success was taking advantage of the seven walks and two hit batters given up by Harris County. Senior Ryan Lambert went one for three on the day with a double and two RBI while Junior Kyle Trimble went two for four with three RBI including a two-run home run that ended the game. On Thursday, Auburn will travel to Hoover to compete in a bracket-style tournament. Their first game (1:30 PM, Thursday) will be against Buckhorn, then they will compete in a rematch of the 2017 7A State Championship against Hoover (3:45 PM, Thursday).

 

The next Auburn High Baseball broadcast will be a big one next Wednesday at home against Central-Phenix City to begin area play and begin the fight to make the 7A playoffs. Coverage of the game on ESPN 106.7 will begin at 5:00 CT and will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app. That game will be followed by a double header at Central next Thursday to finish off the three game set. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have coverage of both games on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 4:30. Both games will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Here’s the postgame interview with Auburn High Head Coach Matt Cimo:

 

Auburn High Baseball Battles Harris County at Home

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Auburn High Baseball took two out of three in a tournament at Plainsman Park over the weekend, with wins over Nova (2-1) and Huntsville (12-7). On Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers will get set to battle Harris County on the campus of Auburn High School. Senior outfielder Garrett Morris is hoping to keep his offensive production going from the weekend, where he racked up four hits and four RBI including a home run.

 

Auburn will be playing to push their record to 17-3 this afternoon. Scott Bagwell will have coverage of the game beginning at 4:30 on ESPN 106.7. The game will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.