By David Knox
JASPER – Clay-Chalkville rebounded from a tough 1-0 loss in 10 innings in the opener to grab Game 2 by a 5-0 score as the Cougars split Saturday’s doubleheader with Walker in the second round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs.
The deciding game of the series will be Monday at 5 p.m., also in Jasper, to see who will advance to the third round to face Scottsboro.
The Vikings’ Bryant Atkins pitched all 10 innings, getting out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning.
But the Cougars bounced back, as Blake Petty threw six shutout innings and Dayne Edwards closed it out. Clay’s pitching was nothing short of amazing in the doubleheader – one run over 17 innings.