The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws and Sumrall opened their Class 4A state quarterfinal series on Thursday evening at the Brother Philip Memorial Athletic Complex. And, it did not exactly turn out the way SSC (24-8) wanted. Sumrall scored early and often on their way to a 11-1 victory in game one.
Sumrall opened the scoring in the top of the second with six runs.
The Rocks got a single from Braxton Bean in the bottom of the second inning but could not get him around the bases.
In the top of the third inning, Sumrall added another run to push the score to 7-0.
In the bottom half of the frame in the third inning, Peyton Sandrock singled followed by another single from Ethan McNeill. Tristan Bush plated Sandrock with a single to make the score 7-1.
Taylor Lafontaine doubled but could not get around.
Dawson Strong doubled in the fourth inning but that was all the damage that SSC would do. Sumrall added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to push the score to 11-1 when the game was called due to the run rule.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, "Sumrall out played us in every facet of the game. They were better coached, better prepared, out-hustled and out-played us. It was really that simple. We have our work cut out for us going to their place down 1-0."
The Rocks tallied five hits in the game and made two errors while Sumrall recorded nine hits and committed no errors.
Game two was played at Sumrall on Friday evening. If the Rocks evened the series at 1-1, the third game will be played at SSC today at 2pm. If not, the Rocks end their 2019 campaign with a 24-9 record, the Division 8-4A title and an appearance in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. If Sumrall won the series, they continue to the Class 4A South State championship series with a 30-4 record and will face-off against the winner of the West Lauderdale/Greene County series.