After earning a large lead early on, the Albion Grade School Baseball squad was able to fend off late rally efforts by the Fairfield Colts to secure a Regional title Monday evening.
Taking hold of a 6–1 advantage in the second inning, the Lions scored a few runs late to put the title game out of reach for Fairfield. Jarron Weaver closed out the game with two innings of relief work, as Albion bested the Colts, 9–6.
Weaver struck out four and allowed only a single hit in the last two frames. Jax Duncan, who started the day on the mound gave up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks, but struck out five Colt batters along the way.
Following a scoreless opening inning, AGS scored six runs in the top of the second to take the first lead of the contest. Fairfield could only answer with a single run in the bottom half of the stanza, tacking on another score in the bottom of the third to cut their deficit to a 6–2 margin.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth that the Lion lead nearly evaporated.
The Colts netted three runs in the inning, leaving Albion with a narrow one-run edge over the Fairfield boys. The Lions answered the challenge, however, driving in another score in the top of the sixth, which was matched by Fairfield, and then two more in the top of the seventh that went unmatched as Weaver retired the side to end the game.
Jackson Hensley and Weaver each accounted for a pair of RBIS for AGS, with the former also stealing a base in the victory. Anjuan Rhodes, Cy Nelson and Duncan all contributed an RBI apiece, with Rhodes making a sacrifice bunt and Duncan and Nelson each stealing a bag as well.
Drew Seibert stole four bases in the win, while Wyatt Landingham and Jex Schnepper had two steals apiece for the contest.
The Lions will travel to Pickneyville for the first round of Sectional play, taking on Breese at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning.