Red Devils clinch baseball area championship

Published 7:59 pm Monday, April 7, 2014

Verbena’s baseball team won its area championship with two victories over Loachapoka last week.

The Red Devils defeated their area foe 16-0 on April 1 and 25-0 on April 3.

In the first game against Loachapoka, the Devils scored four runs in the first inning, seven runs in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth.

The game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Quandarius Ray went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI, and Jared Mims went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.

Adam Heflin, Chris Cook and Bryan Rasberry all had a hit in the game. Heflin scored three runs and drove in two, Cook had two RBI and Rasberry had three RBI.

Cole Mims was the winning pitcher, allowing no runs on three walks and one hit in five innings while striking out six batters.

Cook earned the win in the second game against Loachapoka, also hurling a shutout while allowing three walks and two hits while striking out 12.

Cook’s record is 4-1 on the season.

In support of Cook, VHS scored three runs in the first inning, seven in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and 10 in the fifth.

Mims went 5-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored and four RBI.

Christian Agee went 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI.

Heflin went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBI, Jacob Wilson went 1-for-3 with two runs and five RBI, Rasberry went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Stephen Bryant went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

The wins improve Verbena to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in area play, with no area games left on the schedule.