Ariton, Pike split in baseball semis

The Purple Cats earned the extra innings 7-6 win over the Patriots, but Pike Lib take Game 2 and set up a decider with a semifinal trip on the line.
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 11:39 PM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2023 at 11:40 PM CDT
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ARITON, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Ariton Purple Cats hosted the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots in the 2A baseball quarterfinals.

In the third inning, K.C. Bradford got every single stitch of a baseball and hit absolute bomb into the trees of left field. It was a two-run shot as the Patriots took their first lead of the game.

In the top of the fourth, a run was already in for the Patriots. Jackson Booth drove a pitch into the outfield, but Landon Tyler had a diving catch in center field to keep the game at 4-1.

Ariton inched closer, Miles Tyler ripped a ball down the third base line...umpire says fair ball and in came Paxton Steed to make it a one run game.

Purple Cats took game one 7-6 in eight innings. The Patriots took game two. Game three is Thursday at 4.

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