But when they only score one run in a doubleheader and get swept out of the playoffs 10-1, 9-0, it’s nearly inconceivable.
Such was the case on Tuesday against No. 4 Buford in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
“I feel terrible because I felt like we didn’t play well,” said Adairsville coach Eddie Chastain. “We played like we did back in March when we started the year 2-5.”
No. 5 Adairsville (17-11) committed six errors in the two game set and allowed 19 runs off 13 hits in the twinbill.
Meanwhile, the Tigers managed 11 hits over the two game series, but failed to turn them into runs.
Justin Jones’ solo homer in the fifth inning of Game 1 represented the Tigers’ only run of the day.
“We couldn’t tell how much better Buford was than us because we didn’t play at our best,” Chastain said. “You don’t make as many mental and physical mistake and make it in the playoffs.”
The Tigers were their own enemy in the first game, committing three errors and a handful of wild pitches that proved costly.
By the third inning, Buford led 9-0 off six hits.
Of course pitching of Buford’s lefty fireballer Steven Henry didn’t help either.
Henry pitched a complete game, holding a one hitter through four innings.
He would finish the game having allowed just one run off six hits with six strikeouts.
Jones was the only Adairsville player with two hits in the first game.
The first batter of the game, Buford’s Drew White had a leadoff homer and Game 2 pitcher Jeff Tatum had a triple.
In Game 2, the Tigers mustered two hits in the first inning and another in the second, and appeared prepared to give Buford a game.
But six innings later, the Tigers were trying to find their fourth hit of the game.
In the meantime, Buford had made a comfortable 7-0 lead.
Tatum allowed just four hits, no runs with seven strikeouts, including the last three batters of the night.
The sweep brought an end to Adairsville’s season and the Tigers’ playing days at Rex Moncus Field, at least for now.
The Tigers will play on a new field next year that will have a different name, but Chastain said Adairsville might play some games at Rex Moncus Field in the future.
“It’s sad,” Chastain said of leaving the field with a loss. “It’s sad because this is the only place I have ever coached. It’s kind of like a home to me.”
Buford (27-3) will advance to face either Callaway or Jeff Davis