By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
PINSON — Leeds went out to an early lead, but it didn't last long as Pinson Valley came storming back for an 8-2 victory Monday, in the last regular-season baseball game for both schools.
Both of the Green Wave's first-inning runs came without a hit — two walks, two hit batsmen and a fielder's choice. That was enough for Coach Shane Chappell to pull starter Jason Little after one inning, and put Joel Aldrich on the mound for the remainder of the game.
Aldrich did not disappoint, striking out seven Leeds batters and allowing just two hits with three walks, and Little later redeemed himself at the plate.
The Indians took the lead for good in the second inning, when Bailey Chesser hit a run-scoring double, followed by a Joseph Downing single to left field that drove in two runs.
Pinson scored its next three runs on sacrifice fly balls, two by little and one by Tyler Evans. Little also had an RBI single in the sixth, followed by another by his brother Austin.
Aldrich went 2-for-4 at the plate, the only multi-hit batter of the game.
The 10th-ranked Indians open the post-season on Friday, as they host Walker in a doubleheader. If the teams split, they will play a third game on Saturday.