Lawrence County saw their season come to an end Monday night in the first round of the AHSAA state playoffs.
The Red Devils lost 0-2 (9-5, 10-5) to Boaz in a best two out of three series.
The surprising stat of the night was the Red Devils’ struggles on the mound. Usually their strength, Lawrence County’s pitchers struggled with the Pirates.
Cole Turner surrendered eight hits and nine runs in game one, while Ty Hutto gave up 10 hits and eight runs in game two.
“I would say I was surprised by that,” said head coach Ryan Bowerman. “I think we tried to do too much instead of staying within ourselves amd they took advantage of some mistakes.”
Lawrence County started on fire in game one, scoring two runs and having the bases loaded with one out.
Unfortunately for them, the rest of the night was marred by missed opportunities. The Devils left several runners on base throughout the night. Four of their five runs in game two came in the final inning.
“They hung five on us (game two) before we could turn around. We couldn’t get in a rhythm offensively. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance,” Bowerman said. “There at the end we started finally able to make some adjustments but it was a little too late.”
The loss was a rough end to a good season that saw a young Red Devil team earn their first playoff berth since 2016.
“What I told these guys is there was a lot of people that didn’t expect much of this team,” Bowerman said. “I knew we had guys that had played a lot of baseball. Beating Russellville, getting a playoff berth, this team has competed. Even tonight when we were down, these guys competed and that’s what you want out of a team.”
Lawrence County will say goodbye to five seniors, that include Brayden Proctor, Hunter White, Gatlin Oliver, Chandler Daniel and Caleb Wilson.
“I’ve only been with them for two years. I’ve seen them for a distance but I get here and these guys have come so far,” he said. “They have bought in and really perfected their craft. Each one knew their job and went above and beyond to help this team.”
“Obviously we would still like to be playing but this team has gone so much farther than anyone was giving them credit to do.”