MONTGOMERY -- Russellville High School nipped Helena 3-2 Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium to take game one of the AHSAA Class 5A baseball championship series.
The two teams will play game two of the best-of-three series Saturday morning at Paterson Field at 10 a.m. The third game, if needed, will follow 30 minutes later at approximately 1 p.m.
The two teams were scheduled to start the series Thursday night but rain pushed back the start until 4 p.m., Friday. More rain pushed the game back to 6:25 p.m.
Russellville pitcher Cody Greenhill (7-1) threw just 76 pitches in notching the win in a game that took only one hour and 20 minutes to complete. Chris Heaps' Golden Tigers (34-6) scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a 1-1 game.
Coach Helena hurler Riley Davis (2-5) needed only 70 pitches in his six inning of work. Davis allowed seven hits, one earned run and struck out one for Coach P.J. Guy's Huskies (26-18).
Landon Oliver collected three of the Golden Tigers' hits and scored two runs. Skyler Stephens had a single and RBI and Reed Smith had two hits.
Helena, the newest high school in Shelby County – opening its doors last August – was led by shortstop Jake Busby's double and single. Troy Cordrey had one hit and an RBI.
All AHSAA baseball championship series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Details on the broadcast can be found at www.ahsaa.com.