Southside splits with Walker
Fri. April 27, 2012 at 11:47 p.m. | By Times Staff
Southside’s Alex Pondick earned the win in game one of Friday’s Class 5A playoff series against Walker. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley | Daily Mountain Eagle)
JASPER — Southside and Walker will need one more game to determine who gets to advance and whose season ends.
The Panthers and the Vikings split Friday’s Class 5A, second-round playoff doubleheader, setting up today’s 1 p.m. rubber match. The winner will move on to play Pinson Valley in the quarterfinals.
Southside (22-15) claimed a 3-1 victory in the opener behind a strong pitching effort by Alex Pondick, who out-
dueled Walker (23-13) ace John Michael Knighton in the win. Pondick struck out seven, allowed five hits and had one walk in the win, while Knighton allowed six hits and suffered just his second loss of the season.
Southside broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Cody Pylant started the rally with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Andrew Fuhrman and Caleb Butler then came through with run-scoring singles against Knighton to secure the win.
Southside trailed 1-0 entering the sixth but evened the score with a run in the top of the inning when Drew Mullinax scored on Taylor Snow’s bunt.
In game two, the Panthers trailed 4-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh. Southside scored one to cut the deficit to one, then loaded the bases with one out. However, Walker pitcher Nic Woodley struck out the next two Panthers to end the game and avoid a sweep.
Braxton Light, Pylant, Mullinax and Snow each went 1 for 3 in game two. Fuhrman took the loss, allowing six hits, four walks and two earned runs in a complete-game effort.