The Southern Middle Warriors baseball team wrapped up their 2007 season with two final games this past week.

On Monday, the Warriors traveled to Russell County to take on a tough Laker team. The Warriors opened up with a run in the top of the first off a leadoff walk by Zack Turpin and then an RBI single by Ryan Ray. However, things looked rough for Southern in the bottom of the first as Russell County plated four runs on four hits and took the lead. However, Southern settled down and continued to fight back and by the bottom of the sixth inning, actually had the Lakers down 8 - 7.

The leadoff batter for Russell County in the bottom of the sixth led off with a double and then a controversial call put the winning run on first. The number nine batter squared to bunt

and actually fouled the ball several feet down the third base line but the home plate umpire said it hit the batter and put him on first. The number one hitter popped out to shortstop and the number two batter was called out looking on strikes. With two outs, it looked like Southern might have this one but the number three batter hit a high pop fly just behind third base and the ball was dropped. With all runners running, both men on base were able to score before the ball could be recovered and thrown home. The Warriros lost 8 - 7.

The Warriors did have 9 hits to the Lakers 8 hits. Southern was led by Zack Turpin with two singles and two RBI's and Ben Hancock with two singles. Justin Epperson had a double

and an RBI, Ryan Ray had a single and an RBI, and Robbie Lewis had a single and an RBI.

McCauley Kirk and Cody Epperson each added singles.

Zack Turpin took the loss for the Warriors while striking out 5 and giving up 8 hits.

Next, the Warriors hosted Whitley County on 8th grade night at Lloyd Johnson field in the season final.

Whitley jumped out to an early lead scoring four runs in the first inning on only two hits but there were 3 Warrior errors. After that Southern only gave up one additional run in the third inning. However, Southern only managed to score 2 runs on the night and could never overcome the first inning.

The Warriors only managed three hits on the night, singles by McCauley Kirk, Ryan Ray, and Ben Hancock.

Cody Epperson pitched the first four innings for Southern allowing only three hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Zack Turpin closed the game out in the final two innings allowing two hits, no earned runs and striking out three.

With this game, Southern finished the season with 7 wins and 12 losses but graduate only three eighth graders. The majority of the starting lineup returns next year in what hopes to be a promising season.

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