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AUDIO: Auburn High Baseball Wins in Pivotal Game Three, Advances to Round Two

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After splitting Friday night’s double header, Auburn High School came won the winner-take-all game three by a 10-5 final score. Auburn High Senior Teddy Benda got the start and the win for the Tigers going 6.2 innings, giving up just three hits, five runs, and striking out eight. Senior catcher Carson Plan finished the game three for four with a couple of RBI and Senior second baseman Tanner Jones went two for three with a two RBI and two runs scored.

 

Next, the Tigers will travel to Theodore High School for round two of the 7A playoffs. Scott Bagwell will have the complete series coverage live from Mobile on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Auburn High Head Coach Matt Cimo after the series win:

 

AUDIO: Auburn High Baseball Coach Matt Cimo Gives His Thoughts After Auburn Splits Double Header Against McGill-Toolen

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Auburn High Head Coach Matt Cimo gives his thoughts after his team split the double header in the first round of the 7A playoffs against McGill-Toolen. The split forces a winner-take all game on Saturday to see who will move on to face the winner of the Enterprise-Theodore series.

 

Airtime will be 12:45 on ESPN 106.7 and first pitch will be at 1:00 with Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard from the campus of Auburn High School. The game will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

AUDIO: Auburn High Baseball Begins First Round Playoff Action Friday Night

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The time has finally arrived for playoff baseball for Auburn High School, as they will battle McGill-Toolen in a double header on 5:00 on Friday night. The series is a best of three- two will be played on Friday night and a third will be played on Saturday at 1:00 if necessary.

 

The biggest impact player for the Yellow Jackets is their game one starter Chandler Best, who threw a perfect game against Smiths Station earlier in the year. Auburn High will likely counter with Senior lefty Drew Jennings who earned a win and went the complete game in both of his last two starts. The pitching matchup will be a major vocal point in game one, but the Tigers offence has also shown their toughness over the last couple of series.Senior Garrett Morris made headlines last Thursday (4/19) when he hit a go-ahead three run home run against Smiths Station that ultimately made the Tigers area champions.

 

ESPN 106.7 will have coverage of the entire series from Auburn High School starting at 5:00 on Friday night. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the call on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

ESPN 106.7’s Riley Hubbard caught up with Auburn High Head baseball Coach Matt Cimo to get his thoughts before game one:

 

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.