Pelham-Spain Park playoff series postponed until Monday due to threat of severe weather

By AUSTIN PHILLIPS / City Editor

The Pelham-Spain Park Class 6A playoff series has been postponed until Monday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. due to the threat of severe weather.

The Pelham Panthers won game one, 5-0, over Spain Park Friday, April 23, but the Jaguars came storming back in game two of a best-of-three series with a 5-0 lead of their own before the game was postponed due to lightning in the third inning.

In game two, the Jags scored one run in the first inning and four in the second before the game was postponed.

The series was scheduled to pick back up Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m., but the threat of severe weather forced the teams to postpone game two until Monday. A third game will follow Monday, if necessary.

Pelham head coach Jeff Mauldin said the two teams asked the Alabama High School Athletic Association if the teams could play Sunday, but that request was denied.

Current AHSAA rules prohibit teams from playing on Sunday.

“At least we’ll be on the same playing field as everyone else,” Mauldin said.

In the first game of the series, Pelham’s Trevor Fitts threw a shutout and struck out 10 batters, while the Panthers’ offense scattered 11 hits to take the 5-0 victory.

Michael Herring led the charge for the Panthers at the plate, hitting 3-for-3 with a solo homerun, a two-run single and three RBIs.

Reed Bright, Hunter Ragsdale and Michael Bishop were each 2-for-3, including an RBI double by Bishop in the sixth inning.

Trae Santos was 2-for-2 to close out the Panthers offensively.

For Spain Park, Jake Lee was 2-for-3 with a double, while Aaron Haag and Mikey White were each 1-for-3, including a triple by White.

Chris Ellis picked up the loss for the Jaguars.