DHS wins area baseball crown

Published 9:18 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

GREENVILLE – Demopolis High School hurlers William Stewart and Kole Thrasher combined to throw 26 strikeouts to help power the Tigers to doubleheader sweep of Greenville High School Friday at Greenville’s Beeland Park.

The win cemented Demopolis atop the area and ensures that the Tigers will serve as host in the first round of the playoffs.

Demopolis (21-5) topped Greenville (7-12) 10-0 in the first game of the two-game tilt and completed the sweep with a 14-4 win in the finale. Greenville had won six straight entering Friday’s contests.

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In Game 1, Demopolis seized control of the game early by plating a run in the first and four more in the second inning thanks to back-to-back two-RBI hits by Stewart and Mason Rogers.

After pushing a single run across in the sixth, Demopolis plated four more runs in the seventh inning to cap the scoring.

Stewart earned the win on the mound. He allowed just two hits and struck out 14.

He was also 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored.

In game two, Demopolis rallied from a 3-0 deficit after Greenville managed to push three runs across in the bottom of the first inning thanks in large part to five wild pitches and a passed ball.

Harper Vinson and Jerome Cook each singled and scored in the inning before Demopolis right-hander Taylor Polk gave way to Thrasher with one out in the inning.

Thrasher immediately retired the next two Greenville batters ending the rally.

Demopolis got two runs in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly from Devin Stroud and an RBI-double from Thrasher to trim the lead to a single run. The Tigers captured the lead in the top of the third when a triple by Mason Rogers plated Stewart and Rogers scored on an errant throw from the Greenville left fielder.

A four-run fifth inning for Demopolis all but sealed the win as Greenville never got closer than five runs for the remainder of the game.

Thrasher earned the win on the mound after fanning 12 Greenville batters.

Brock Montgomery helped lead the Demopolis offensive charge with two doubles.