The Auburn Tigers are the Class 7A baseball champions after defeating Hewitt-Trussville in a hard-fought 1-0 win at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday.
Auburn senior Drew Jennings pitched the Tigers (34-8) to a complete game three-hit shutout. The Class 7A series MVP's biggest moments came in the sixth and seventh innings when he pitched out of jams, including pitching around having the tying run on third with two outs in the seventh inning.
Auburn's one run came in the top of the third inning. Garrett Morris led the inning off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a Griffin Speaks bunt, and scored via a Morris Arnold sac fly.
In the huge seventh inning, Huskies' hitter Jacob Bishop led the inning off with a single. He advanced on a throwing error, and ended up on third after a sacrifice bunt. With one out in the inning, Jennings struck out the next batter and induced a ground out to second to cement the 2018 Auburn High School Tigers in history.
With a winner, there must come a loser. Davis Burgin threw the final six innings for the Huskies after starter Michael Fowler left the game with soreness in his arm. Burgin nearly matched Jennings' performance, throwing six innings giving up the one run on three hits and striking out three.
The 2018 AHSAA Class 7A Baseball Championship may go down as one of the best in the state's history from a pitching standpoint. Aside from two innings, 13 of the 15 total innings that were played in the series, Hewitt-Trussville held the Auburn Tigers scoreless. Auburn was held to just nine total hits and five total runs. Both Auburn pitchers went the distance allowing just seven hits and one run.
This was Auburn's first state title on the diamond since 2010. This was also a rematch of the 2016 7A State Championship series match-up in which Hewitt-Trussville won.
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