The AHSAA will crown the second state baseball champion of the 2019 season today as Providence Christian and Piedmont battle for the Class 3A title.
Providence Christian won Game 1 of the series, 4-0, at Paterson Field on Tuesday night.
Game 2 will start at 10 a.m. Game 3 will follow if necessary.
The Class 2A and Class 4A series will open later in the day down the road at Paterson.
Check back throughout the day for updates.
NOW PLAYING: WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN (23-12) VS. G.W. LONG (32-6), CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP
Paterson Field, Montgomery
4:54 PM, Headed to the third: It’s 14-1 G.W. Long. It has taken an hour to play two innings. Last night’s Game 1 between Providence Christian and Piedmont lasted 90 minutes total.
4:45 PM, Two TDs: G.W. Long scores four in the top of the second on three hits and two more Westbrook errors. It’s 14-1 after 1.5 in the Class 2A championship series. Troy signee Matt Snell is 3-for-3 with two singles, a double and three RBIs. Carson Dunlap into pitch the bottom of the second now for the Rebels.
4:45 PM, After one: Westbrook gets one run back. G.W. Long leads 10-1 after one.
4:25 PM, Well that was something: G.W. Long gets 10 runs in the top of the first on eight hits and two errors. Matt Snell and Slade Simmons combined for four hits and four RBIs. It’s 10-0 before Westbrook can even come to bat.
4:04 PM, Hot start: The first five G.W. Long batters have hit safely and four have scored. It’s 4-0 in the top of the first with still no one out. Westbrook goes to the pen with starter Andrew Dutton at 25 pitches. Dutton can now come back Thursday if needed. RH Presley White into pitch.
3:57 PM, Under way in 2A: Kam Faria leads off with a double for G.W. Long and the Class 2A title series is underway.
3:31 PM, The pitchers: Andrew Dutton gets the start for Westbrook Christian in Game 1. The Warriors are the home team. G.W. Long counters with Christian Collier.
3:22 PM, Title town: G.W. Long looking for its third straight state title this year and 16th overall.
FINAL: PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 16, PIEDMONT 6 (GAME 3, CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP)
3:15 PM, State champs! Providence Christian wins its first state baseball title. Eagles defeat Piedmont 16-6 in six innings in Game 3 at Riverwalk Stadium. Cole Smith led a 12-hit Providence attack with three hits and two RBIs. Brayden Banner drove in four for the Eagles, who were down 3-0 early in this game. Providence Christian went 10-1 in the playoffs.
3:03 PM, Back up by double digits: Brayden Banner’s 2-run single gives Providence Christian a 16-6 lead headed to the bottom of the sixth. Banner has four RBIs today.
2:50 PM, Not over yet: Piedmont scores three in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game. Bulldogs trail 14-6. Bryce Walter’s 2-run single was the big blow. We are headed to the sixth.
2:41 PM, Lighting up the scoreboard: PCS takes firm control in the fifth. The Eagles score nine runs on seven hits and three Piedmont errors. They lead 14-3 in the bottom of the fifth and need three outs to win the Class 3A title.
2:20 PM, Putting the pressure on: Reid Leger’s two-run single in the top of the fifth gives Providence Christian a 7-3 lead. The Eagles still have runners on the corners and no outs. Danger time for Piedmont here. Sean Smith coming in to pitch.
2:07 PM, Finally in front: Providence Christian has its first lead in 2 games today. The Eagles score twice in the fourth on Will Solomon’s RBI single and a passed ball. They now lead Piedmont 5-3 in Game 3.
1:51 PM, Here we go again: Providence Christian scores three runs on just one hit and leaves three on base. The Eagles and Bulldogs are tied 3-3 after 2.5 in the final game. Piedmont is on Pitcher No. 4 of the game. Silas Thompson got out of the jam in that inning.
1:34 PM, Back on the mound: Mason Mohon, who won the first game of the day in relief, is back on the mound for Piedmont to start the third. He has 60 pitches left for this one after throwing 65 in Game 2.
1:32 PM, In command early: Piedmont tacks on two more runs in the second and now leads 3-0 heading to the top of the third. The Bulldogs have four hits and have capitalized on three Providence Christian errors.
1:09 PM, One inning complete: T.J. Fairs walks and scores on a wild pitch, but reliever Will Solomon limits the damage. Bulldogs up 1-0 heading to the second. Solomon took the loss in Game 2 when he pitched the final 1.1 innings.
1:01 PM, Underway in Game 3 at Riverwalk: Bryce Walter, who started the first game of the day, started the second as well. He’ll have limited pitches. David Warren started for Providence. However, he is removed after walking leadoff man T.J. Fairs in the bottom of the first. Will Solomon replaces him. Warren has been battling a blister on his pitching hand.
12:27 PM, The stats: Mason Mohon pitches the final 3.2 innings in Game 2 to get the win for Piedmont. He didn’t allow a run on two hits and struck out two. He also had 2 hits. Will Solomon took the loss for the Eagles. He pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing just the winning run on two hits. Brayden Banner pitched the first seven innings.
FINAL: PIEDMONT 5, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN 4 (9 INNINGS, GAME 2)
12:21 PM, On to Game 3: Brent Deerman comes through with an RBI single in the ninth. Piedmont beats Providence Christian 5-4 to force a deciding Game 3 in the Class 3A championship series.
12:17 PM, Plenty of chances: Providence Christian strands 2 more in the top of the ninth. The Eagles have now left 11 on base. Piedmont with another chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth.
12:09 PM, No worries: Will Solomon gives up an infield single to open the eighth, then retires the next three batters. Score remains 4-4 headed to the ninth.
12:02 PM, Pitching change: Will Solomon relieves Brayden Banner on the mound for Providence Christian. Banner pitched seven strong innings. It’s 4-4 headed to the bottom of the eight. One run wins it for the Bulldogs and sends us to Game 3.
11:56 AM, Free baseball: David Warren makes a great running catch in left center to rob Sean Smith of a game-winning hit. It’s still tied 4-4 after seven complete.
11:45 AM, Still tied … barely: Providence Christian loads the bases with one out, but Mason Mohon pitches out of it again. The Eagles have left six on base in the last two innings. Still tied 4-4 headed to the bottom of the seventh.
11:31 AM, Shutdown inning: Brayden Banner retires Piedmont in order in the sixth. We are headed to the top of the seventh in a 4-4 game for the Class 3A state title.
11:27 AM, And we’re tied: Providence Christian gets three runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter to tie it at 4-4. However, Mason Mohon relieves Bryce Walter and gets out of further damage with a strikeout and groundout. Headed to the Bottom of the 6th. New ballgame.
11:06 AM, Lead extended: Piedmont extends its lead to 4-1 after five innings. Mason Mohon triples and scores on Sean Smith’s sac fly. Mohon has 2 hits today. Bulldogs 6 outs from tying the series.
11:00 AM, Running out of time? Bryce Walter sets Providence down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Bulldogs still lead 3-1, trying to extend the series for the crucial Game 3.
10:51 AM, Getting 1 back: Providence Christian cuts the Piedmont lead to 3-1 after 3.5, but strands 2 runners on base. Bulldogs lead 3-1.
10:41 AM, Limiting the damage: Brayden Banner gives up 2 more runs in the third on four hits. Mason Mohon’s RBI single and Jack Hayes’ RBI double did the damage. Piedmont leads 3-0 after 3 at Riverwalk behind Bryce Walter.
10:21 AM, Bulldogs in front: Nick Johnson’s RBI single gives Piedmont a 1-0 lead after 2 innings. Bulldogs got two hits and took advantage of a Providence error.
10:05 AM, End of 1: No score in Game 2 between Piedmont and Providence Christian. Brayden Banner was kind of a surprise starter for the Eagles. David Warren had been the team’s normal Game 2 guy, but he has a blister on his hand. He is, however, playing CF today.
9:58 AM, Underway: David Warren leads off with an infield single for Providence Christian. However, Bryce Walter pitches out of possible damage. No score headed to the bottom of the first.
9:34 AM, Do or Die: Piedmont will send Bryce Walter to the mound for Game 2 today, trying to extend the 3A series to a deciding Game 3. Providence counters with Brayden Banner.
TODAY’S BASEBALL SCHEDULE
10 a.m. Piedmont 5, Providence Christian 4, 9 innings, Class 3A championship series Game 2
Providence Christian 16, Piedmont 6 (6 innings), Game 3, Class 3A championship series at Riverwalk
4 p.m. Westbrook Christian vs. G.W. Long, Game 1, Class 2A championship series at Paterson Field
7 p.m. Brooks vs. Sipsey Valley, Game 1, Class 4A championship series at Paterson Field