Grayson Williams will remember his 18th birthday for a long time.
The Mobile Christian senior and Spring Hill College commit hit a pair of homers, including a solo walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the sixth-ranked Leopards rallied to hand Class 3A No. 1 T.R. Miller a 10-9 loss – its first of the season.
“That felt pretty good,” Williams said. “I’m not sure I’ll forget that one.”
The battle of top 10 teams and state title hopefuls was a slugfest from start. The Leopards and Tigers combined for 14 runs in the first three innings before the scoring slowed down a bit later in the game.
T.R. Miller (19-1) took an 8-7 lead in the fourth on O’Neil White’s RBI groundout and pushed the margin to 9-7 in the fifth on Alabama commit Drew Williamson’s second home run of the day. Williamson, a junior, went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
“He’s been swinging the bat well all year,” T.R. Miller coach Kevin Madden said. “He is certainly one of our better hitters right now, and he came through again tonight.”
Mobile Christian (12-6) chipped away, scoring a run in the sixth on Ethan Hearn’s sacrifice fly, trimming the deficit to 9-8. The Leopards tied it in the seventh. With two outs, Luke Jones singled and scored on a hit-and-run double by Carter Buzbee.
“Our kids know how to fight,” Mobile Christian coach Talley Haines said. “They don’t ever get down. They keep fighting and keep scrapping, and they don’t give up. They have a tendency to rise up in big games, and this was a big one.”
The game remained 9-9 until Williams led off the bottom of the ninth. He took a 3-1 fastball from T.R. Miller reliever Caleb Winton (3-1) over the left-field wall for the victory.
“I was looking fast ball and, as soon as I made contact, I knew I hit it well,” said Williams, who was 2-of-4 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Grayson Williams with a walk-off homer as Mobile Christian hands No. 1 T.R. Miller first loss of season. #alpreps
— Ben Thomas (@BenThomasPreps) April 1, 2017