Spain Park sweeps Minor in playoffs
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
The Spain Park High School baseball team swept Minor in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs April 20.
The Jaguars defeated Minor 14-0 in the opener.
Will McDonald led Spain Park offensively as he finished two hits, including a double. McDonald also drove in a team-high three runs.
Grant Veteto also finished with two hits. Mikey White, who had a double, Colton Freeman, Hunter Hall, Dustin Cowart, Josh Rich, Jon Sumner, Tom Paduch and Wes Barrentine finished with one hit each.
Josh Close, Hall, Cowart and Barrentine drove in two runs each. Rich and Paul Angel drove in one run each.
Hall earned the win after giving up just one hit while recording 10 strikeouts in a complete-game victory.
Spain Park defeated Minor 12-0 in the nightcap.
Freeman, who drive in a team-high three runs, led the Jaguars with a homer in the victory.
Grant Veteto added a double and drove in two runs. Close and Hall finished with one hit each. Angel drove in one run in the victory.
White, who earned the win on the mound, didn’t give up a hit while recording eight strikeouts in four innings. Freeman finished with four strikeouts in a relief appearance.
Spain Park (30-13) will host AHSAA Class 6A, Area 12 foe Vestavia Hills in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs April 27-28. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 27, with the if-necessary game scheduled for April 28 at 1 p.m.