ALBANY -- Albany's baseball team came into Tuesday's doubleheader with Amite looking for a sweep and an outright District 7-3A championship.
The Hornets came out with a district co-championship with Sumner and a lot riding on a non-district regular-season finale against Class 5A Ponchatoula at 1 p.m. Saturday in Albany.
The Hornets dropped the first game of the doubleheader with Amite 10-9 but rallied for a 16-6 win in 6 innings in the nightcap.
"If we won them both (Tuesday), it was no doubt, you're in (the playoffs)," said Albany coach Gabe Woods, whose team was No. 32 in the unofficial LHSAA power rankings heading into the doubleheader.
"Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win a district championship, and a co-district championship, I told those guys I'm not taking anything away from the accomplishment that they achieved (Tuesday). Doing what we did with seven freshmen (starting) is special. They fought and they did what they were supposed to. We just didn't seize the moment whenever we had the opportunity. I told them to learn from it (Tuesday)."
Game 1: Amite 10, Albany 9
The Warriors busted open a 2-2 game with a seven-run 3rd inning which featured seven hits and two errors. The big hits came on a pair of two-run doubles by Daniel Addison and Cam Henderson, the second of which pushed the lead to 9-2.
Albany, which played as the road team, clawed back in the top of the 5th as Donovan Giamalva and Brock Bennett singled, and Giamalva scored on an error at shortstop with one out to trim the lead to 9-3.
Tyler Allbritton's two-run double to left field cut the lead to 9-5, and the Hornets tacked on another run on an error.
"The coaches (are) throwing BP every day, which is allowing us to get hits better, and it's finally coming together at the end of the season when we need it," said Allbritton, who was honored as the team's lone senior before the games.
Albany cut the lead to 9-7 on Kyle Newman's solo home run to left field to lead off the 6th and added another run when Brock Legoria was hit by a pitch and scored when Amite center fielder Demartez Simms and right fielder Ramon Jackson ran into each other while tracking down a fly ball.
"I was just trying to scoot up on the plate because I had been hitting them foul, and I wasn't really expecting to hit a home run," Newman said. "I was actually trying to hit back side, and it happened for me. I don't know. It doesn't really mean anything because we didn't pull out the win."
Jackson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning made it 10-8, and the Hornets picked up their final run in the top of the 7th after Joey Smith doubled with one out and courtesy runner Shane Everhardt scored when the ball dropped between Simms and Jackson in the outfield.
But Addison, who is a first cousin of former Southeastern Louisiana and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wade Miley, retired the next two batters to end the game.
Albany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Brett Davis' RBI triple and Allbritton's sacrifice fly, but Amite knotted it up the the bottom of the inning on Jarvis Downing's two-run single.
Giamalva gave up six hits and five runs in 2+ innings to take the loss. Micah Cleveland gave up six hits and struck out two in 4 innings of relief.
"Both of those guys are good ball players," Woods said of his pitchers in the first game. "And they're going to learn from their mistakes. We're going to make sure of that. And I think they understood what happened. Hopefully, being as youthful as they are, they learn from it."
AMITE 10, ALBANY 9
Albany 200 033 1 -- 9 6 1
Amite 207 001 x -- 10 11 3
Daniel Addison and Cam Henderson; Donovan Giamalva, Micah Cleveland (3) and Joey Smith. W -- Addison. L -- Giamalva. 2B: Albany -- Smith; Amite -- Addison, Henderson. 3B: Albany -- Brett Davis. HR -- Albany: Kyle Newman. Records: Amite 4-15, 3-4 District 7-3A; Albany 8-19, 5-2.
Game 2: Albany 16, Amite 6 (6)
The Hornets turned the tables in the second game, turning a 6-4 deficit into an 11-6 lead thanks to a seven-run 5th inning in which all of the runs scored with two outs.
Brett Davis' infield single with the bases loaded cut the lead to 6-5, and Allbritton walked to push across another run before Reid Rayborn's three-run triple pushed the lead to 10-6.
"He threw me one right down the pipe," Rayborn said. "I took advantage of it, and smoked one to right field."
Joey Smith's RBI single made the score 11-6 before the inning ended.
Amite loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 6th, but Albany turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam.
Albany put the game away in the bottom of the inning as Bennett was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Davis and Allbritton walked with the bases loaded to make the score 14-6.
Rayborn's grounder to short drove in another run before Davis scored on a wild pitch to end it.
Amite went up 4-0, scoring two runs on a error in the 1st and two runs in the 3rd on Henderson's solo home run to left and Kyrin Brumfield's RBI single.
Albany scratched for two runs in the 3rd on Rayborn's sacrifice fly and Jone's RBI single and tied it at 4-4 on Allbritton's two-run single in the 4th.
Addison's two-run double in the 5th gave the Warriors a 6-4 lead.
Bennett picked up the win, giving up 11 hits, six runs and three walks while striking out four in a complete game.
"I just started to throw more strikes and started to pound the zone better, and my defense was working better behind me," Bennett said of bouncing back after going into the early hole. "My offense was able to help me a lot with the hits and big hits and clutch runs. It just helped out."
ALBANY 16, AMITE 6 (6)
Amite 202 020 -- 6 11 2
Albany 002 275 -- 16 10 0
Jarvis Downing, Colbie Sonnier (5), Cam Henderson (6) and Henderson, Roger Brown (6). Brock Bennett and Joey Smith. W -- Bennett (2-0 in Distrtict 7-3A). L -- Downing. 2B: Amite -- Daniel Addison. 3B: Albany -- Reid Rayborn. HR: Amite -- Henderson. Records: Amite 4-16, 3-5, Albany 9-19, 6-2. Up next: Ponchatoula at Albany, 1 p.m. Saturday