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The "Cardiac Cats" come from behind again

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JJ Shaffer's home run in game 2 vs. Pelham JJ Shaffer's home run in game 2 vs. Pelham
AUBURN, Ala. -

They are calling themselves the "Cardiac Cats."

And that moniker is fitting for this Auburn High School Baseball team. 

After needing come from behind wins against Smiths Station and Fairhope to get to the semifinals, Pelham became the latest witness of the Auburn Tiger magic.

Pelham's Thomas Lowery pitched a masterful game one against the Tigers. Pelham went into the seventh inning with a 4-0 lead. JJ Shaffer hit a two run home run. but, it was not enough. The Tigers dropped game one. 

In game two, Pelham jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to two home runs in the first inning. Auburn shaved that 3-2 in the next couple of innings.

In the previous series with Smiths Station and Fairhope, Auburn struck in the 6th inning.

In natural cardiac fashion, the Tigers' theatrics came in the seventh inning on Friday.

The Tigers entered the seventh inning down 7-3. 

They manufactured two runs to make it 7-5 with one out.

With two runners on base, Shaffer came to the plate again. He his a booming home run over the left field wall to make it 8-7. The Tigers had their first lead. 

"It was the most no doubt home run I have ever hit," said Shaffer.

They got one more run to make Will Eiland's job a little easier in the bottom of the 7th.

Eiland gave up one run. With one out, Pelham had runners on second and third. They hit a ball to left-center field. Blaise Taylor made a diving catch and threw the ball to second base where the Pelham runner has darted to third base. 

A diving catch and a double play: that is how the Cardiac Cats ended another phenomenal upset.

The Tigers play Pelham in game three of their semifinals series on Saturday at 2 ET, 1 CST.


Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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