Panthers: A battle to the end
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The Smiths Station High Panthers baseball team battled Auburn High for the final berth in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A playoffs last week, but lost any hope of making it to the postseason with a 10-9 loss to the Tigers in Game 3. Auburn won the first game 4-3 and Smiths Station took the second one 6-3.
The win in the third game gave the Tigers the tiebreaker over the Panthers should the two tie in the final area standings. Pictured here are photos from the Smiths Station-Auburn series. At the top, left, Caden Hare throws to the plate. Above, top right, Zane Faulk scores for the Panthers. To the left, Sterling Evilsizer gets a hit. Below, Carter Duke and Hunter Donaldson attempt to get an Auburn runner out at second base.