“Wise was great through five innings and really kept us in the ball game,” said AHS coach Chris Brown. “We had good defense behind them and one big inning [offensively]. We know that if we can just keep a good mentality at the plate and have a good approach, then we will be in the ball game.”
AHS showed little effect of the change in venue when rain on Monday forced Tuesday’s the home game to be moved to Landmark.
Pitching was the key as Wise took the start and held the War Eagles scoreless through the first three innings of the game. In the fourth, Wise walked Wren, who stole second and then scored on a Bryant single to right for a 1-0 Landmark lead.
Alexander wasted little time getting on top, pushing four runs across the plate in the top of the fifth. With one out, Mitch Burger led off the rally with a single to left but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice from Cole Weatherby. Now with two outs, Brandon Bone walked and Brian Dansereau was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Andrew Smith doubled to left, scoring Weatherby and Bone. Worthy then doubled to left, scoring Dansereau and Smith. AHS now held a 4-1 lead and they would hold that to the end of the game.
Wise picked up the win, allowing two hits and one unearned run over five innings. He struck out five and walked three. Worthy threw the sixth inning, striking out two Landmark hitters. Kloser picked up the save in the seventh. He struck out three batters and walked one.
Smith took the loss for the War Eagles. He allowed four runs off of six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.
AHS had six batters pick up one hit in the game.
The Cougars will be back to work on Friday when they host Troup County at 5:30 p.m. in the 5-4A region opener.