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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.

 

Former Auburn High Standout Rowdey Jordan Returns to Auburn as a MSU Bulldog

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One of the best Auburn High Baseball players in history returns home to battle the Auburn University Tigers.

This weekend’s baseball series in Plainsman Park featuring Auburn hosting the Mississippi State Bulldogs will have a strong local tie. Rowdey Jordan, a freshman for Mississippi State has been a staple for Auburn High Baseball the past several years and has taken the next step in his baseball career by moving to Starkville.

Despite Jordan being a big story line in this weekend’s series, he will be focused on the games and try to treat it as a normal and routine road series.

“The only real big difference is that I have a lot of friends there and it’s my hometown,” he said. “Other than that, we’re going to try to treat it the same and not make it bigger than what it is.”

When asked about how he is preparing for an Auburn team that has lost four straight games, Jordan said it’s all about momentum.

“I think our preparation is to keep our momentum from this past weekend”, the freshman Bulldog said. “We’ve gotten better every weekend and we’re playing better so just keep the momentum. We’re going to pitch well, play defense well and we’ll hopefully we’ll be able to hit. Just get after them and attack all three days and just let it play out.”

Jordan has made plays and has been a key part of Mississippi State’s success this season. The former Auburn high school standout hit a grand slam earlier in the season against New Mexico State.

“We had a scouting report,” Jordan said. “I think it was 86 to 88, it was just attack, attack the fast ball. It was bases loaded, he’s going to try to get ahead in the count so he’s going to attack you, so attack him back. I just had a good swing on a good pitch.”

Many people close to the Auburn High School baseball program say that Jordan is the best baseball player to come through AHS Head Coach Matt Cimo’s program.

“His presence in leadership out there is why kids looked up to him,” Cimo said. “Rowdey was a kid who always came through at big times. He had those qualities you didn’t have to coach. He was just a great player to have around.”

Jordan is aware of the honor and the high praise.

“That really means a lot because there’s been some great players that have come through Auburn High,” Jordan said. “Especially Andrew Naismith, who was really good when he was there and Ryan Watson as well. We had a lot of guys that was really good, so it means a lot and I’m very thankful to just have a good career there. It was real fun.”

Over Jordan’s three-year career at Auburn High School, Jordan carried a .411 batting average, recorded 155 hits, 145 runs, 96 RBI, 39 doubles, and 21 home runs.

Jordan was on ESPN 106.7’s The Lunch Break earlier this week. Below is the complete interview.

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.

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.

Auburn High Baseball Battles Park Crossing At Home On Tuesday Night

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On Friday night, Auburn High Baseball was unable to win their first game at their new ballpark, as they lost to Florance on a controversial strike three call on Ted Benda with the bases loaded that caused Griffin Speaks to be ruled out at home plate to end the game 2-1. However, the Tigers bounced back by beating Rehobeth 2-0 and Enterprise 11-4 on Saturday at a round-robin event in Enterprise. Auburn pitchers Wes Starr and Drew Jennings combined to throw a four hit shutout against Rehobeth then Garrett Morris went two for four with two RBI and Carson Plan went two for four with three RBI to lead the Tigers offensive attack against Enterprise.

 

Auburn hopes to continue their winning ways and get their first win at their new ballpark by beating Park Crossing on the Auburn High Campus tonight. Head Coach Matt Cimo will send right handed Senior Richard Preus (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the hill tonight at 7:00 to try to get Auburn their first home win of the young season. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the coverage on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 7:00. The game will also be streaming online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.