Charleston ends Manila's season with 6-4 victory in state tourney
Charleston used a three-run fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Manila 6-4 in the opening round of the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament Thursday at Smackover.
Despite the loss, the Lions ended the season with a sparkling 25-5 record.
The Tigers jumped on top, 2-0, scoring two runs in the second inning. Manila evened the game in the third. Brock Birmingham and Michael Jorgensen cracked back to back singles, putting runners on the corners. Birmingham scampered home on a double steal, slicing the Charleston lead to 2-1. Brady Clark lofted a fly ball to right field that was mishandled, allowing Jorgensen to score the tying run.
The Tigers three-run rally in the fifth inning began with back to back two-out walks issued by Lion reliever Abraham Lopez. A bloop single to right field gave Charleston a 3-2 edge. Two more runs scored on an error, giving the Tigers a three-run advantage.
Manila fought back, scoring twice in the bottom of the inning. Birmingham smacked a double, Jorgensen walked, and Clark belted a two-run double to slice the Tiger advantage to 5-4.
Charleston plated an insurance run in the top of the sixth and shut out the Lions the rest of the way to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
Birmingham led Manila at the plate going 3-4 with two runs scored. Jorgensen was 2-3 and scored two runs while Clark added a pair of runs on a two-run double.
Lopez absorbed the loss, working the first five and one third innings. Lopez gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits. Jorgensen pitched an inning and two thirds of no run, no hit baseball.