Helena holds off late Cullman charge, wins first state baseball championship

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Helena staved off a seventh inning rally from Cullman for a 5-4 Game 3 victory and win their first state championship.

With two outs and up 5-2 in the seventh, Helena turned to Brooks Brophy to close out the deciding game. Brohpy proceeded to walk the first two batters he faced to cut the lead to one. He then faced Carter Bowen, getting to a full count before forcing a fly out to left field to end the game.

The Huskies also benefited from three Bearcats errors as Helena scored two unearned runs in Game 3. Cullman’s four runs came off just three hits but Brophy and starting pitcher Landon Green walked a total of 10 batters. Helena also picked up just one RBI in Game 3.

Game 2 was spearheaded by series MVP Troy Cordrey, who held Cullman to two runs on three hits and struck out six in the complete game performance. Nash Adams was a big difference in Game 2 as he drove in two runs on a double and a fielder’s choice while going just 1-for-3. However, it was Colton Hood’s walk-off RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh to score Lawson Peoples that sealed the game, 3-2.

Cullman took a decisive Game 1 as Jacob Heatherly held Helena to one run and two hits in 6 & 1/3 innings. Caleb Lipsey had a big night going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs for the Bearcats while Owen Lovell drove in two runs and scored another.