Entering Thursday’s game between the Adairsville High baseball team and host Sonoraville, the Phoenix had all the incentive to win as the team was in striking distance of a playoff berth in Region 6-AAA.
And even after Adairsville, which is out of playoff contention with three wins on the season entering the day, fell behind by three runs two different times in the first three innings, the Tigers rallied to pull off the upset, 9-7 win.
It didn’t look like the Tigers would be picking up their fourth victory of the year through the first three innings of Thursday's game, as they fell behind 3-0 after the first inning and 6-3 after three innings.
However, a five-run fourth inning put Adairsville ahead 8-6, and it would hold on from there.
All five runs scored in the fourth inning came with two outs. Kyler Smith hit a clutch, run-scoring single, and after an error extended the inning, Trace Still followed suit with an RBI single of his own. The big hit of the frame came two batters later with a two-run double off the bat of Landon Ayers.
Sonoraville scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 8-7, but Adairsville answered with a run in the fifth when Wade Conduff walked, stole second base and scored on Jacob Ray’s RBI single.
Noah Nation, pitching in relief, shut down Sonoraville’s lineup from that point forward and earned the win. He threw 4 2/3 innings in the game, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with a strikeout.
At the plate, Still went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Ray went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.
Adairsville improves to 4-15 with the loss and 3-10 in region play with three games left on the year, beginning Tuesday at Coahulla Creek.