Shoals Christian went ahead again when Christian Shipe smacked an RBI single to right center field to give the Flame a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
After both pitchers retired the side in the sixth, Athens Bible capitalized on a tiring Bishop and manufactured two runs. Douglas Fields worked a two-strike walk and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Jeb Hagewood and stole third. After the Flame drew their infield in, Ogles hit a fielder’s choice as Fields was called safe at home when the ball trickled by the catcher to even the score at 2-2.
Murrell sent in Tyler Hudson as a pinch runner for Ogles, Jacob Hagewood hit a sharp grounder for a single and Corneil singled over the shortstop to load the bases for Bobo, who lofted a sac fly to bring in Hudson for the game-winning run.
Jacob Hagewood finished with a double and single, Corneil singled twice and Bobo had a single and drove in a run. Fields and Ogles each had a single.
“The boys have been working for these games against Shoals Christian (on Monday and Tuesday). They’ve played hard and played determined even though they were down two going into the last inning (Tuesday),” Murrell said.
Athens Bible’s only losses this season came against ranked G.W. Long, a 2A powerhouse, and St. Luke’s, the second-ranked team in 1A. The Trojans will host John Paul Catholic II and Tanner on Saturday.
ABS will host a first-round state playoff series on Friday, April 19. The Trojans could face Shoals Christian in the second round of the playoffs. ABS eliminated the Flame in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs.