Defending state champion A.C. Flora opened the Class 3A state playoffs with a tough, 6-3 win Friday at home against Blue Ridge. The top-ranked Falcons (19-5) move on the second round in District 4 and a Monday home date with Chapman.
Andy Hallett’s bunch spotted Blue Ridge a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then saw Fighting Tigers regain the lead with a run in the top of the sixth after the Falcons scored two in the fifth to tie the score.
ACF ended the suspense with a four-run burst in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-run double by Everett Eynon and a run-scoring single by Connor Desmond.
Matt Wallace was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Alexander Jenkins. Wallace allowed no hits and struck out three in his 1.1 inning stint.
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Eynon was the Falcons hitting star, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Desmond and Schroder Carlton had two hits apiece. Jake Lewis had one hit and drove in two runs.