Red Devils finish regular season on a roll

Published 5:18 pm Monday, April 15, 2013

Verbena’s baseball team won its last four regular season games to clinch its area championship.

A 16-7 win over Notasulga on April 9 improved the Red Devils’ record to 7-7 overall, 5-1 in area play, and clinched the area championship.

Quandarius Ray went 2-for-3 in the game with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Cole Mims was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Adam Heflin was 2-for-4 with a double.

Juwan Tyus was the winning pitcher. He threw for five innings and struck out five batter. Cole Mims struck out five in two innings of work.

On April 8 in a 27-0 win over Loachapoka, Ray was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.

Jared Mims tossed a five-inning no-hitter on the mound for VHS. He struck out 12 and walked three batters.

Jacob Montgomery was 3-for-3 with six RBI, a double and four runs scored; Jesse Ellis was 2-for-3 with two RBI; and Bryan Rasberry was 2-for-2 with one RBI.

The closest game of the winning streak came on April 6 in a 12-11 win over Wadley.

The Devils trailed 11-1 going into the bottom of fifth inning but scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, five more in the sixth and one run in the seventh to win.

Ray was 2-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored; Jacob Montgomery was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored; Jared Mims was 2-for-2 with three RBI, including the game-winner; and Ellis was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Cole Mims started the game and threw four innings, striking out two. Montgomery came on in relief for three innings, striking out three. Chris Cook finished out the game, striking out two batters and earning the win.

VHS blanked Notasulga, 14-0, on April 5.

Quandarius Ray and Jacob Montgomery each went 1-for-2 at the plate with one RBI, and Jesse Ellis drove in three runs.

Adam Heflin was the winning pitcher. He threw for three innings, striking out three while allowing one hit.

Juwan Tyus earned the save by pitching two hitless innings, striking out three.