The Cougars were to visit Monroe County Tuesday evening for the championship game. Monroe eliminated Gray Station 11-7 in Gray on Friday to advance.
Clifton Ridge entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, but Bradley Hunnicutt pitched a complete-game shutout for the Cougars, who combined stellar defense and some timely hitting to secure the victory over top-seeded Upson, coach Daniel Wright reported.
The Cougars snapped a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. Dawson Grimes led off with a double and scored when the pitcher made a bad throw to third on Cole Maddox’s sacrifice bunt.
Clifton Ridge added a run in the sixth when Hunnicutt led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Grimes. Hunnicutt scored when the shortstop made a bad throw to first after fielding Austin Moss’ two-out grounder.
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