Just a week after participating in the Perfect Game Invitational in Hoover, head coach Tony Rasmus and his team found themselves with a mountain to move. The Warriors were scheduled to play an unprecedented two doubleheaders in one day.
Now it’s one thing to play four games in one day, but it’s another thing to do it against Bob Jones and Madison Academy, who were the No. 3 team in Alabama’s Class 7A and the No. 6 team in Alabama’s Class 5A, respectively. But the Warrior won all four games Saturday and now ranked as the No. 1 team in Alabama’s Class 6A.
Logan Austin only gave up one hit in four innings against Bob Jones. He walked three batters, while striking out five and gave up three runs, two of which were earned runs. The first run for Bob Jones came in the third inning and they were able to seemingly put the game away with four runs in the fifth inning. The Warriors scored four runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Austin Embry came on in relief and pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Russell County. The Warriors added two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead before Embry pitched a scoreless seventh inning to get the win. Zac Rice led the Warriors at the plate with one hit, one walk, one RBI, and two runs scored. Zack Henderson contributed two RBIs in the Russell County victory.
Landon Russell got the start in Game 2 of the twin bill against Bob Jones. The Warrior hitters scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Bob Jones answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning before County scored another run in the top of the second inning and two in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. The teams traded runs in the sixth and seventh innings in route to a 8-4 Russell County victory and the only time this year Bob Jones has lost a doubleheader to anyone. The Patriots only had four losses on the year before facing Russell County. Rice led the Warriors at the plate with two home runs, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Austin had three hits and three RBIs, while four other batters contributed with a hit each for the Warriors.
Embry came on in relief for Bailey Thorne in the first game against Madison County and earned the win in a game. Eight different Warriors had at least one hit in the 13-6 victory. The Mustangs scored four runs in the second inning, but it wasn’t enough to counter the seven runs that the Warriors scored. Rice led the Warriors at the plate with two more home runs. This time around he had four runs and four RBIs on three hits and a walk. Embry was also a terror at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Russell and freshman Jaxon Milam scored two runs a piece, while Henderson and freshman Lane Griggs each had two RBIs. Russell also had a home run.
The Warriors’ bats proved to be too much for the Mustangs in game four, as they piled up 11 more runs to the Mustangs’ three runs. The 13 hits from County put them at 30 total hits in the double-header against Madison County. Sophomore Mason Dozier got the start and the win for the Warriors, while freshman JR Kitchens came in and pitched 3.1 innings of relief. Rice finished off his monster day with four hits in five at bats. That would put him 11-for-16 on the day with two walks and four home runs. Thorne had three hits and two RBI, while Griggs had four RBI. Henderson, Russell, and Colton Wombles each scored two runs in the 11-3 victory in game four.