Southside edges Gadsden City


Southside’s Andrew Fuhrman pitches against Gadsden City on Monday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


Braxton Light came through with a clutch RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Southside Panthers to a 2-1 win over Gadsden City on Monday.

Light’s two-out hit scored Hunter Clough in the extra frame, which improved the Panthers to 3-3 on the year. Gadsden City fell to 3-4.

Pitching was the key for both teams, with Gadsden City’s Neal Collins and Southside’s Andrew Fuhrman battling for most of the game. Fuhrman didn’t get the decision, though, as Brock Love went to the hill in the bottom of the eighth inning and retired the side in order to secure the victory.

Adam Colegrove suffered the loss for Gadsden City, working the final three innings.

Fuhrman, who allowed an earned run on five hits and struck out 10, faced the minimum through three innings and his offense gave him a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Clough was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a single by Dantley Coker. Love then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Clough.

Gadsden City got back-to-back singles from Jay Copeland and Matthew Bishop in the fourth, but Fuhrman settled down to strike out Cason Williams and Cole Watson to get out of the jam.

Fuhrman retired seven straight before the Titans finally were able to get a run across. It came with two outs in the sixth, as Copeland singled and took second on a passed ball. Bishop then laced a single to the outfield, and while the throw home to Southside catcher Cody Pylant beat Copeland, the junior was able to slide around, come back and touch home plate to tie the contest.

Southside got a runner to third in the top of the seventh but couldn’t get him home, and Fuhrman sat down the Gadsden City side in order to set up the extra inning.

At the plate, Coker went 2 for 3, Brock Love went 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Clough scored both of his runs without a hit. Fuhrman had a double and a stolen base, Pylant went 2 for 3 and Blake Devine added a hit.

Both Copeland and Bishop went 2 for 3 for the Titans. Williams had the only other hit.

Collins, the starter on the mound, allowed a run on four hits and struck out three in five innings of work.