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April 10, 2013

Athens Bible edges Shoals Christian 3-2

— Sam Bobo drove in the winning run and hurled a complete game as visiting No. 3 Athens Bible School toppled top-ranked Shoals Christian for the second time in two days in a Tuesday afternoon game in Florence.

The Trojans (24-2) clinched the Class 1A, Area 16 title with a 3-2 comeback win over the three-time defending state champions, which eliminated ABS from the playoffs in 2011 and 2012.

Bobo, a right-hander whose arsenal includes a two-seam and four-seam fastball, changeup and curve, allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks and struck out six in seven innings.

Lefty Will Bishop, the Flame’s All-State ace, also pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits and one walk while ringing up eight strikeouts.

Bobo had thrown 94 pitches entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but ABS coach Bill Murrell didn’t think twice about sending the senior back to the mound despite the Flame’s top three batters coming to the plate.

“Sam said ‘I want the ball,’ even at 94 pitches. He threw six pitches in the seventh, and got three outs with two pop-ups and a line drive,” Murrell said. “When Shoals Christian went ahead in the fifth, we started warming up someone but Sam was pumped because he had taken the lead (in the top of the seventh).”

Entering the top of the fifth inning, Shoals Christian was clinging to a 1-0 lead after pushing across a run in the second on an error and a RBI single. Bishop hadn’t allowed a hit until Carter Corneil and Bobo tagged him for singles in the fourth.

In the fifth, Drew Ogles had a two-out single and Jacob Hagewood followed with sharp line drive to right field that was called a ground-rule double after the ball evaded the right fielder’s attempt at a shoestring catch and rolled under the fence. But Corneil brought Olges home on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.

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