The Stephens County Indian baseball team will be at home in the first round of the state playoffs next week.
Wednesday, Ryan Cleveland hit two home runs and Kain Dyer-Hewitt allowed just one hit as the Indians beat the Madison County Red Raiders 13-3 at the Reservation in a game called after 4 ½ innings because of the 10-run rule.
Dyer-Hewitt struck out four in running his record to 5-1 on the mound this season for the Indians.
Cleveland gave the Indians a head start in the first inning with a three-run, opposite field home run.
Dyer-Hewitt struggled a little bit in the top of the second inning and Madison County plated three runs without a hit to tie the game at three.
However, the tie did not last long as Cleveland hit his second homer, a line drive to right center, in the third inning to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.
Stephens County put the game away with eight runs in the fourth inning.
Junior Austin Deal took the loss for Madison County.
Cleveland led the Indians with 5 RBIs, while six other Indians knocked in runs.
The win gives the Indians a 18-4 overall record and 13-2 record in Region 8-AAAA. Madison County falls to 7-17 overall and 4-11 in the region with the loss.
The win also guaranteed the Indians a first-round playoff game at the Reservation next Friday.
Stephens County wraps up the regular season in Danielsville Friday night against these same Madison County Red Raiders. First pitch Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. with airtime set for 6:15 p.m. on AM 630 WNEG and wnegradio.com.