Indian Baseball Falls at Madison County

Madison County comes from behind and sends the Stephens County Indians into the postseason on a losing note.

The Red Raiders scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Stephens County 5-4 in Danielsville Friday night.

Trailing 4-3, Madison County’s Tyler Griffith drew a walk off of Indian pitcher Austin Lord to lead off the bottom of the seventh. After a Bo Hardman single, the Indians committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Logan Pace, allowing the tying run to score. The Indians then intentionally walked the bases loaded and Ryan Cleveland struck out Austin Dean. But with one out, Elijah Fleming laid down a squeeze bunt to bring home the winning run for Madison County.

Stephens County had fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth when Logan Bell doubled and scored on a misplayed fly ball to left field.

Ryan Cleveland hit his 15th home run for the Indians and scored two runs. Max Thomas also doubled and scored for Stephens County.

Lord took his first loss of the season on the mound for Stephens County after relieving Indian starter Josh Slate. Slate pitched five innings and allowed three runs, all unearned, while striking out eight.

Lee Griffith got the win in relief for Madison County.

The loss drops Stephens County to 18-5 on the season overall and 13-3 in region play. Madison County moves to 9-16 with the win and finishes the region schedule 5-11.

Despite the loss, Stephens County will still host a first-round playoff series next week at the Reservation against an opponent from Region 5-AAAA.