Vincent drops play-in game against Shades Mountain
The Vincent High School baseball team entered a one-game playoff with Shades Mountain Christian at Chelsea High School with only two seniors, a bevy of underclassmen and a couple of middle school players on its roster.
The youth caught up to the Yellow Jackets in their final game of the season April 10 in a 5-3 loss to Shades Mountain.
Despite the young roster, the Yellow Jackets (6-14) just missed making an appearance in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.
“It’s a good learning experience for several of the players,” said Vincent coach Dwight Spradley. “We’ve got some growing pains.”
Vincent senior Brett Frizzell kept the Yellow Jackets in the game with a strong outing on the mound.
Frizzell scattered five runs over seven innings and allowed only one earned run. Frizzell gave up seven hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in a complete game.
“Brett threw the ball well,” Spradley said.
Frizzell and fellow senior Collin Spradley struggled at the plate, however. The Yellow Jackets’ senior duo finished 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.
Junior Scott Wallace led Vincent at the plate as he finished 2-for-3 with two singles and drove in two runs.
Brantley McClendon, Chase Howard, Judd Moore and Jackson Garrett recorded one hit each.
McClendon, Garrett and Brandon Knox scored a run each.
After falling behind 2-0, Vincent rallied in the bottom of the third inning to briefly take a 3-2 lead.
Garrett led off with a single. Knox moved him to second with a walk. McClendon moved both runners over with a bunt single and Saunders scored on a passed ball.
Wallace drove in McClendon and Knox with a two-run single to cap the scoring for the Yellow Jackets.
Vincent opened the bottom of the seventh inning with Moore being hit by a pitch, but the next three batters were retired to end the game.
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