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April 11, 2014

Baseball: Pinson Valley sweeps Moody in doubleheader, clinches playoff spot

PINSON — With their backs against the proverbial wall, Pinson Valley overcame a loss to Moody on Wednesday with two big wins in a Thursday doubleheader, and thus assured themselves of life in the post-season.

The Indians beat the Blue Devils 17-7 in a six-inning opening game, then saw pitcher Hunter Davidson throw a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout to clinch the nightcap by a 6-0 score.

Davidson got in a little bit of trouble early, with Moody runners on second and third with two out. But Davidson got Christian Rich to strike out swinging, and the Tribe offense did enough to give their pitcher room to maneuver.

Pinson Valley broke the deciding game open with four runs in the fourth inning, with runs scoring on a wild pitch plus RBI hits by Gage Farley, Baker Hodge and Zac Ray.

The Indian offense spread the love around, as not batter got more than one hot or one RBI.

In the opening game, Pinson Valley looked as if it were going to run away with the contest right from the outset, scoring nine runs in the first inning and six more in the third. But the Devils were able to put enough runs across to keep the game going until a walk-off double, of sorts, from Destin Davidson with one out in the sixth inning to trigger the mercy rule.

Destin finished the game with a 3-for-4 effort with three runs batted in. Hodge, Ray and Hunter Davidson each had two RBIs, with Hunter hitting a two-run double.

Levi Miller got the win on the hill, despite being pulled with two out in the fourth as Moody put up four runs. Miller gave up three hits and six walks, but none of his six runs were earned — that's because the Indians defense had a horrid game, committing 10 errors.

The doubleheader sweep puts Pinson Valley (20-14) into the playoffs again, where they will meet a familiar for in the first round. Mortimer Jordan will host the best-of-three series, The opening doubleheader starts Friday at 5 p.m., with a third game next Saturday at 1 if necessary.

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