The Hawks had sole possession of second place in the region, while Broad Street was right behind in third place. Shaw edged out Broad Street 7-6 the first time the two teams played in Shelby. The Hawks had a another tough battle on their hands with the Jaguars, but they were able to hold on for a 9-8 victory.
The win enabled the Hawks (9-2, 5-1 reg.) to strengthen their grip on second place in the region with an outside shot to win the region still in their sights. Shaw still has to play JFK twice, St. Joe once and Coldwater once. Shaw lost to St. Joe 12-0 the first time the two teams played, and Shaw would have to beat St. Joe by 13 runs to win a tiebreaker between the two teams.
The last time Shaw and Broad Street each played a game going into Thursday was on Apr. 4.
“We could be playing bad or not as well as we’re capable of playing, but we still pull out the win because we hit the ball when we need to and get the outs at the right time,” Shaw High head coach Ricky Lunford said. “They don’t get rattled.”
Early in the game, the Hawks got some early offense as they took a 4-1 lead after three innings. The big hit for Shaw in the first three innings was a home run from Lerandel Allen. The Jaguars battled back in the top of the fourth as they took advantage of several walks to put runs on the board. Broad Street's Demarcus Alexander tagged a two-run double to get the big hit of the inning. When the top of the fourth came to an end, Broad Street scored six runs to take a 7-4 lead.
The Hawks battled back with three more runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth.
Shontarius Wright earned the win in relief for Shaw as he struck out five in three innings. Reuben Kince came on in the seventh and earned the save by striking out two in a scoreless innings of work.
Traterrious Britton suffered the tough luck loss for Broad Street, as he struck out 11 with seven walks in a six-inning complete game effort.
Allen led Shaw at the plate with three hits including a home run with two runs scored, followed by Anthony Davis Jr. with three hits including two doubles with a RBI and two runs scored, Austin Smith with three hits including a double with a run scored, Ty’Quan Rule with two hits and two RBIs and Wright and Xavius Loggins with two hits each.
The top three teams from each region go to the playoffs.
Broad Street (3-4, 3-3 reg.) still has a good shot at the playoffs as they have two games left with Ray Brooks, one with St. Joe and one more time with JFK. Ray Brooks (2-3 overall) is 2-3 in the region and right behind Broad Street in the race for third. Ray Brooks will play St. Joe today in Benoit. Ray Brooks also has a game left with JFK and Coldwater. Broad Street and Ray Brooks will play each other on Tuesday in Shelby.