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Pelham sweeps Hewitt-Trussville to win Class 6A state baseball title

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Pelham's Jack Pierce celebrates with his team after throwing a two-hit shutout against Hewitt-Trussville Saturday to help lead his team to the 6A state title. (abc3340.com) Pelham's Jack Pierce celebrates with his team after throwing a two-hit shutout against Hewitt-Trussville Saturday to help lead his team to the 6A state title. (abc3340.com)
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Pelham's Fletcher Johnson during the Panthers win over Hewitt-Trussville in game one Friday night. (abc3340.com) Pelham's Fletcher Johnson during the Panthers win over Hewitt-Trussville in game one Friday night. (abc3340.com)
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The Panthers celebrate the comeback win over the Huskies Friday night in Montgomery. (abc3340.com) The Panthers celebrate the comeback win over the Huskies Friday night in Montgomery. (abc3340.com)

The Pelham High School baseball team swept Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 to win the AHSAA Class 6A state championship Saturday in Montgomery.

The Panthers (28-13) claimed the school's first state baseball title since 2004. Head Coach Sean Anderson, in his first year at the helm, spent 18 years as an assistant coach at Pelham and served the previous six as an assistant under the Huskies' current head coach Jeff Mauldin.

Read the recaps from both of Pelham's wins below.

Class 6A Championship Series

Game 2 Recap

Pelham 1, Hewitt-Trussville 0

Pelham junior left-hander Jack Pierce fired a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over Hewitt-Trussville for the series sweep.
       
Pierce (8-2) struggled early with pitch location but settled down quickly. He didn't allow a hit until Cyle Moore singled with one out in the third inning. Moore, who got both Hewitt hits, also singled to lead off the sixth inning. Pierce finished with eight strikeouts and just three walks.

Pelham got its only run off Huskies pitcher Alec Talley (9-4) in the top of the fourth when Chase Brashier doubled to center field and scored on Aaron Anderson's double up the middle. Talley allowed just six hits, walked one and struck out three.

No player got two hits off Talley. Fletcher Johnson, Sam Finnerty and Thomas Lowery all collected singles and Urban a double. Lowery, who pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in Friday night's 3-2 win, was named the 6A series MVP.

Hewitt-Trussville (34-11) set a school record for season wins in Mauldin's first year. Now 428-126 in his prep coaching career, he led Clay-Chalkville to the state championship in 2003 and to runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2006.

Game 1 Recap

Pelham 3, Hewitt-Trussville 2        

Pelham posted a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win over Hewitt-Trussville to take a 1-0 advantage into Saturday's game two of the 6A series, which moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday with a 4 p.m. start for game two. The third game, if needed, will be at approximately 7 p.m.

Hewitt-Trussville (34-12) scored two runs in the second inning – the first on a solo home run by Connor Cox and the second thanks to two Pelham errors allowing Carter Phariss to score.

Pelham (27-13) got a run back in the third when Fletcher Johnson doubled and scored on Hunter Stovall's single.

Coach Sean Anderson's Panthers tied the game off Hewitt starter Grayson Jones in the sixth when Stovall walked, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Pelham senior pitcher Thomas Lowery and scored on a single by Jackson Pruitt.

Lowery (9-1), a left-hander who kept Pelham close with his masterful control, allowed only three hits, walked none and struck out 10. His final strikeout in the top of the seventh ended the inning and left the would-be go-ahead run stranded at third for Coach Jeff Mauldin's Huskies.

Johnson's one-out single to left started the final rally for Pelham in the bottom of the inning. He then stole second and scored when Alex Urban singled up the middle off reliever Michael Busby (3-1) to drive Johnson home.

Johnson finished with three hits and two runs scored, and Sam Finnerty had two hits for the Panthers. Cox had two hits for Hewitt.

Jones allowed six hits and struck out seven for the Huskies in 5 2/3 innings. Busby yielded two hits and also struck out one the rest of the way to take the loss.

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