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Hewitt-Trussville locks up second straight area title

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Senior right fielder Riley Stokes hit a walk-off single to lift No. 6 Hewitt-Trussville past Gardendale 5-4 in 10 innings Thursday at Phil English Field.

With the win, Hewitt-Trussville wins the Class 6A, Area 12 championship for the second consecutive season. The Huskies (23-6, 6-0) won the area championship last season for the first time since the late 1990s.

Stokes’ single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored senior left fielder DeMarcus Kelly.

The Hewitt-Trussville baseball team
file photo by Ron Burkett

Hewitt-Trussville was leading 4-2 heading into the sixth inning when Gardendale’s Dylan Oliver hit a two-run single to tie the game. Kelly was hit by a pitch and stole two bases to get to third base in the bottom of the seventh, but a Will Baumgartner line drive was caught by the Gardendale second baseman to end the inning.

Hewitt-Trussville took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Gardendale error. Gardendale plated two runs in the top of the second, and Hewitt-Trussville junior center fielder Quin Jackson scored in the bottom of the second on a balk. Tyler Tolbert drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning to push Hewitt-Trussville ahead 4-2.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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