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Gray Dixson slides back into first base safely on a pickoff attempt during Scottsboro's 12-2 win over Columbia.

The Scottsboro baseball program’s seniors enjoyed a victory on “Senior Night.”

The Wildcats erased an early 2-0 deficit and scored 10 runs over the final three innings to post a 12-2, mercy-rule shortened victory over visiting Columbia on Friday.

Scottsboro (16-7) finally got its offense in gear in the third inning with seniors providing the spark. Tanner Barclay doubled to start the inning and Landon Grider was hit by a pitch before Reed Latimer singled home Barclay. Grider then scored the tying run on Peyton Grant’s RBI single and Grant ultimately scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. 

The Wildcats added three more in the fourth. Gray Dixson led off the inning with a walk, and after Brody Hyde singled, Tanner Barclay hit a sacrifice fly to plate Dixson. Hyde later scored on Latimer’s fielder’s choice.

Scottsboro pushed across seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Riley Bennett doubled and scored the inning’s first run on a wild pitch, Gavin McCrary later scored on Barclay’s RBI single. Grider’s RBI single drove in Dixson before Barclay scored on a wild pitch. Latimer followed with a double and stole third base before scoring on Grant’s RBI sacrifice fly, and after Christian Herberholz tripled, Bennett delivered a game-ending RBI single.

Barclay and Bennett finished with two hits each while Latimer, Grant Herberholz, Hyde and Grider had one hit each. Barclay, Grant and Latimer had two RBIs each while Herberholz, Bennett and Grider had one RBI apiece.

A.J. Crocker pitched the final three innings in relief and got the win — his first career varsity win — while striking out five. Starting pitcher Ethan Clark had five strikeouts over two innings.

Scottsboro closes the regular-season today at home against Buckhorn at 5 p.m. 

The Wildcats host Madison Academy in a Class 5A best-of-three state playoff first-round series starting Friday. Game 1 is set for 4:30 p.m. with Game 2 to follow. If needed, Game 3 would be played Saturday at 1 p.m.

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