Billingsley advances to semifinal round of baseball playoffs

Published 3:43 pm Monday, May 4, 2015

Billingsley’s baseball team rebounded from a loss in Game 1 of a best-of-three series against Ragland in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A state playoffs to take the series by winning the next two games.

The Bears lost 6-2 in the first game but then won the next two, 7-2 and 6-2.

BHS will host J.U. Blacksher in the semifinal round of the playoffs.

The first two games of the best-of-three series will be played at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday. A third game, if needed, would be played at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The winner of the series will advance to the state finals, which would be played in Montgomery.

The first game of the Class 1A state finals will be played at 7 p.m. May 12 at Paterson Field in Montgomery. The second and third games, if necessary, will be played at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 13 at Riverwalk Stadium.

In Game 1 at Ragland, Dalton Davis scored both of Billingsley’s runs, as he was driven in by Tyler Powell and Thomas Nichols.

Billingsley’s Jamie Barnett suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed six runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and seven walks in six innings while striking out five.

Four of Ragland’s runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning.

The Bears struck early in Game 2, scoring five runs in the first two innings combined to take a commanding lead that Ragland would never threaten.

Eric Willis and Jarrett Acreman went 2-for-3 at the plate for Billingsley. Willis scored one run, and Acreman drove in two runs.

Davis and Nichols each scored two runs, and Dylan Chavers and Hunter Godwin each had two RBI.

Garrett Harrell was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings pitched while striking out six.

While the first two games of the series were determined early, Game 3 was tied 2-all going into the seventh and final inning.

That was when the Bears plated four runs and won.

Davis, Willis and Harrell each had two hits in the contest. Harrell scored two runs, and Chavers drove in two runs.

Nichols allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits and four walks in seven innings pitched while striking out two to earn the win on the mound.