Childersburg put up four runs in the fifth, six runs in the third and seven in the fourth to put the Lions away.
“One of the goals every year is to win our area,” said Childersburg head coach Chad Slaten. “We take a lot of pride in it. We’ve won a few of them but we don’t take them for granted. Any time you win an area championship you appreciate it.”
Childersburg has been on a tear in the month of April. The Tigers’ last loss came March 29, and since then they have reeled off 11 straight wins. They have averaged 13.1 runs per game to their opponents’ 1.7 during the streak.
Friday’s game served as a tie breaker, as both teams finished the regular season at 5-1 in area play. Childersburg improved to 23-7 with the win, and Munford dropped to 17-9.
“The kids worked hard and they deserved to play in this game,” said Munford head coach Noel Stephens. “It’s been a long time coming. To get a chance to play in the area championship, that’s all we ask for.”
D.J. Mizell (2-for-4, two runs scored, five RBIs), Tyler Jackson (2-for-4, one run scored, five RBIs) and Dosson Stubblefield (2-for-3, four RBIs, three runs scored) all homered to lead Chlidersburg at the plate.
Chase Smith was 3-for-3 with three singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Caleb Mims was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs.
Munford was held to just two hits. One came from Luke Wright and the other Ty Parnell. Both players finished 1-for-3 at the plate.
Cole Limbaugh got the win on the mound for Childersburg, pitching all five innings. He struck out nine, walked three, and allowed two hits. Nick Miller, who pitched one inning, took the loss.
Mims batted in Smith for the first run of the game. Stubblefield then doubled, and Mims scored. A single from Jackson allowed Reaves Brashear and Stubblefield to score, as the Tigers went up 4-0.
In the third, Mims and Stubblefield reached base with a walk. Jackson’s homer cleared the bases, and Childersburg went up 7-0. After two more walks, Mizzell’s homer put the game out of reach at 10-0.
The Tigers put the hurt on in the fourth with seven more runs, as the lead swelled to 19-0.
Childersburg will play Cleburne County in the first round of the playoffs Friday.
“It’s an exciting time of year,” Slaten said. “We’ve worked hard to get here. We’ve been playing well, and we better keep playing well because we’ll be done if we don’t. We have a very quality opponent coming in here. We’re not world beaters by any means. We have to keep working hard.”
Munford picked up two games to prepare for the postseason. The Lions will play Piedmont Monday at 4:30 p.m. and Anniston Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Lions are set to face Cleburne County in the first round next week. Stephens said Munford hasn’t been in the playoff in five years.
“It’s two-out-of-three in the playoffs, and anything can happen,” he said.
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