Jake Parker’s walk-off RBI double in the fifth inning Friday night sealed Stringer’s sweep of Hamilton in the MHSAA Class 1A third-round playoff series. Winning an extra-inning affair vs. Hamilton on Thursday night, 7-6, Stringer completed the sweep with a 10-0 fifth inning mercy-rule victory on Friday night.
Stringer (19-11) will now face Nanih Waiya (28-3) in the Class 1A South State Championship series set to begin next Thursday night. Stringer head baseball coach Wade Weathers said Nanih Waiya is no stranger to the Red Devils. The Warriors knocked Stringer out of the playoffs in two games last season in the first round.
Click on the link to see video highlights from Game 2 and a post-game interview with Weathers: https://youtu.be/Qyve2oucYMc
Stringer scattered seven hits throughout the five-inning contest. Conner Hick and Jake Parker led the Red Devils at the plate with two-hits and an RBI each. Parker’s final hit evoked the mercy-rule, scoring Caleb Myers – Conner Hicks’ courtesy runner – from second base. Hicks singled to lead off the fifth and later advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Hamilton. Once at second base, Myers came in as a courtesy runner for Hicks.
Caleb Dyess, Brennen Green and Andrew Nix also recorded hits in the win. Dyess, Green, Nix and Griffin Cheatham also recorded an RBI each.
Hicks earned his eighth win of the season with the shutout. The junior RHP tossed the entire five-inning contest, allowing just three hits while striking out four Hamilton batters in 20 faced.