The first game of the Bulls-Crawdads series took place on July 24 with Phenix City emerging with a 5-4 victory. The Crawdads (19-11) were led on the mound by Bryan Headley who gave up only four hits and one earned run over six innings. Bulls’ (15-14) starter Christian Turnipseed went six innings as well, striking out five batters in the contest. He finished the year with 45 strikeouts, which was fifth in the league.
The Bulls’ highlight of the first contest came on a three-run home run by Corey Greeson. He finished the season first in the league with a .370 batting average along with three home runs and 19 runs batted in, both second in the Sunbelt.
Douglasville hosted the second game of the series on July 25 and had a better start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Davis Aiken and run scoring single by Greeson. The Bulls trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth but scored three runs in the frame to retake the lead 5-4. Blake Butcher’s triple, Ryan Raper’s single and a bases loaded walk to Greeson drove in the runs for Douglasville.
The Bulls led 7-6 heading into the top of the ninth but the Crawdads scored two runs on consecutive RBI singles by Carson Bowers and Chris Daniels. Ryan Piskey picked up the save for Phenix City’s 8-7 victory.
This was the sixth season for the Bulls as a summer team for amateur college-level players and a member of the Sunbelt League. Douglasville started the season 1-4 but recovered to win its last three games to make the postseason.