WEDOWEE — Fultondale has taken its best-of-three first round baseball playoff series with second-ranked Randolph County to a third game on Monday, thanks to a split of Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Wildcats won the first game 7-2, but the Tigers (22-6) came back to take the second game 6-5 to force Monday’s deciding contest.
In the opener, Fultondale broke the game open with a five-run rally in the fifth inning.
William Cassidy was 2-for-3 with a pair of run-scoring singles. Kavin Wheeler drove home two runs on a base hot and a bases-loaded walk, and pitcher Lou Jones also a two-run single.
Jones allowed four hits and struck out three; only one of his two runs was earned.
In the nightcap, Antwan McCary had two hits, with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored for the Wildcats (8-15). But Randolph County came back with two runs in the top of the seventh for the victory.
Stephen Freeman drove in two runs, both on sacrifices.
Wildcat pitchers struggled, giving up eight walks. Coach Mike Gillespie pulled starter Jordan Smith after three walks among four Randolph County batters in the second inning. Freeman finished the game and was tagged with the loss.
The first-round doubleheader was originally scheduled for Friday, with the if-necessary game to be played Saturday, but rain forced a postponement.