The third time proved to be the charm for Auburn High Baseball as they win the 2018 7A State Championship in two games over Hewitt-Trussville after making the state championship series for three years in a row. In Friday night’s game at Paterson Field, Hewitt-Trussville struck first on an RBI single by Tyler Mauldin in the fourth to draw first blood and take a 1-0 lead. Then the Tigers offense came to life against Huskies starter Carson Skipper in the sixth inning with a double by senior Teddy Benda, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a couple of Hewitt-Trussville errors to score two. Later in the inning, Senior Clayton Phillips brought in two more on an RBI single to push the lead up to 4-1. Four runs was plenty for Auburn starter Brooks Fuller, who went the complete game giving up just four hits, one earned run, and striking out eight.
On Saturday the series moved to Riverwalk Stadium where Auburn started usual game one starter Drew Jennings to face Hewitt-Trussville’s Michael Fowler. However, Fowler’s outing was short as he was removed from the ball game after the Tigers threatened to score by loading the bases in the first. Both teams’ offenses were kept in check during the pitching duel until the third. Auburn Senior Garrett Morris led off the third with a walk, then stole second base and advanced to third on a Griffin Speaks infield single. Auburn Junior Jackson Arnold brought in Morris on a sacrifice fly that ultimately became the difference in the game. Drew Jennings stranded runners in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings to lead to a complete game shutout to give the Tigers their first State Baseball title since 2010. Jennings was also named 7A Series MVP after the game for his complete game in which he only gave up three hits, two walks, and struck out six.
Here is Scott Bagwell’s call of the final out of the 2018 7A State Baseball Championship on ESPN 106.7: