Leading by two runs with the bases loaded in the seventh inning in a third-round playoff game, Athens Bible 8th grader Kenneth Adams entered the game to pitch Friday afternoon. A standing-room-only home crowd watched as Adams retired Decatur Heritage’s final batter to preserve a 4-2 opening game win for ABS.
ABS opened the scoring in the second inning when Ethan Tmas singled to drive home Drew Ogles after Ogles, Cole Graviett and Adam Dunnaway opened the inning with singles.
The Trojans extended their lead in the fourth when Ogles tripled to score Graviett. David Cundiff and Dunnaway each doubled on the next two at bats to make it 3-0 ABS entering the fifth.
Zach Ivey got ABS out of a bind in the top of the fifth when he kept the shut out by forcing consecutive batters to pop out.
The Trojans added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Ogles floater to right field scored Tyler Hudson from 3rd.
Decatur Heritage came storming back in the seventh when Kyle Stewart opened the inning with a home run.
Grayson Wakefield added another run for the Eagles to pull within 4-2 and Hayden Sutton came in for relief of Ivey. Sutton got two batters to pop out, but not before loading the bases.
With no room for error, Adams entered the game. Adams struck out the only batter he faced to get the save and preserve the win.