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Bob Jones Grabs Game One Championship Series Win

GAME 1: Bob Jones 6, Central-Phenix City 1

    OXFORD  – Senior pitcher Braden Booth fired a complete-game two-hitter Tuesday and struck out seven to lift Bob Jones High School to s 6-1 victory over Central-Phenix City in the first game of the 2024 AHSAA Class 7A State Baseball Championship series.
    He faced just 25 batters and allowed just one lone run in the sixth inning to spoil his shutout effort. The two teams opened the series at Choccolocco Park’s signature baseball field and will resume the best two-of-three series Wednesday afternoon at  Jacksonville State University’s Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium.
    Game two is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by game three if needed. Sweet Water and Sumiton Christian will play game two of the Class 1A series beginning at 10 a.m., at JSU Wednesday. All games in the AHSAA Baseball Championships are being live streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform and over the AHSAA TV Network’s bank of cable stations.
     The Patriots, coached by Jared Smith, gave Booth all the run support he would need early on. Leadoff hitter Jacob Pearl opened the game with a single, moved to second on a single by Booth and scored on a double play grounder to give Bob Jones a 1-0 lead.
    In the second inning, Reece Cato reached safely on a Red Devils error, Tanner Hermesch doubled him to third, Cam Martin singled to plate Cato. Hermesch was thrown out at home by center fielder Emory Yoh, but Myles Hammonds then stroked a triple to drive in a run.
    Before the rally ended, Bob Jones was in command leading 5-0. In the fourth inning, the Patriots scored again with Hammonds reaching on his second hit of the game and them coming around to score on Gresham Baker’s fielder’s choice.
    Central (39-4), in the 7A state finals for the third straight season, avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Yoh tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice by Landon Beaver.
    Cam Norton 
started and finished four innings yielding seven hits, walked two and struck out two. He yielded six runs but only two were earned.
   Winning pitcher Luke Shumate hurled a complete game allowing six hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out 10. Sweet Water’s Nate Norris was just as effective giving up only three hits, two earned runs, walking five and striking out four.
     Classes 2A and 4A open those championship series Wednesday at Choccolocco Park. Defending state champion Ariton (28-8-1) faces Mars Hill Bible (26-10) at 11 a.m., in the 2A series and Corner (31-7) takes on American Christian (27-16) at 2 p.m., in the 4A series.

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