“I thought Zack Lightsey pitched it really good,” Childersburg head coach Chad Slaten said. “We wanted to get him some work in and it was his turn to start. So, he started; we kept his pitch count down, but he pitched really good. I thought Justin Baker came in and did a good job. Obviously, Reeves Brashear swung it good. We made routine plays when they hit it, so it was a good night.”
Even though Lightsey only pitched three innings, he recorded nine strikeouts, did not allow a hit, and gave up two walks.
Alex Bentley had a leadoff single for Childersburg (5-1) in the bottom of the first. During Brashear’s first at-bat, Bentley came around to score after stealing second and third and coming home on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Will Donahoo singled to right field that scored two runners to give Childersburg a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Hunter McCain led off with a single into left field. McCain stole second base and later scored when Trevor Bates hit a grounder to shortstop and reached safely through an error. Brashear hit a blast into left field, but the ball sailed foul. When Talladega’s Terry Blankenship left another pitcher over the plate, Brashear lifted it sky high and well past the left field wall to make it 6-0. Tyler Jackson hit a grounder to shortstop, but the ball was booted, enabling Peyton Logan to score to give Childersburg a 7-0 lead.
Childersburg added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bates hit a double into left field. Once again, Brashear hit the ball out of the park, this one over the shallow portion of the wall in left field. Logan followed Brashear with another home run, this one over the center field fence. Childersburg threatened to score again after Jamel Roston reached base with a walk. Pinch runner Reid Slaten advanced to second base after Donahoo hit into a fielder’s choice. The next batter, Justin Baker drew a walk. McCain hit a hard grounder to third base, but Tyler Hallmark scooped the ball and threw to first for the final out of the inning.
Baker allowed the first Talladega hit of the game in the top of the fifth. Another runner reached base on an error and Barrett Hutto was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Baker worked out of the jam by getting Brandon Smith to fly out to center field to end the game.
“With the way things are set up with it being double elimination, you have to watch your pitchers—how you throw them and when you throw them because there’s a chance you will play more games,” Slaten said. “I was just real proud of the pitching. We can’t take any game for granted. We come out and play as hard as we can every game. Talladega is a much improved ball club than they were the last few years. Coach Williamson is doing a really good job with those guys. I was impressed just in the way they approach the game of baseball. That was much improved. He’s doing a good job.”
In the first game of the North section of the tournament, Munford (2-1) defeated Lincoln handily 17-4.
Munford climbed out to a 5-2 lead after three innings.
In the fifth inning, Lincoln was able to score two runs. Hunter Webster led off with a walk. Greg Stephens hit a single through the gap between first base and second base. Matthew Challender hit a double to the wall in the gap between left field and center field to bring in two runs to make it 5-4.
Munford posted 12 runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tyler Mayo was hit by a pitch. Logan Kirk bunted and reached first base safely. After a double steal, Patrick Hubbard hit a grounder to the pitcher. The pitcher chose to throw home, but the catcher couldn’t field the throw cleanly. During Drew Cooper’s at-bat, a run scored on a passed ball to make it 7-4. Cooper eventually drew a walk. Logan Cooper singled through the middle of the infield to score another run. Hunter Macoy singled through the gap between shortstop and second base to score another run, giving Munford a 9-4 lead. Logan Cooper stole third base and advanced home on bad throw to third base to make it 10-4. CJ Chapman hit a single through the gap at shortstop to increase the lead to 11-4. Munford added six more runs.
Ethan Jackson struck out two, walked two and got Stephens to fly out to center field to end the game.
Munford will play Childersburg today at 4 p.m. Lincoln will play Talladega in an elimination game at 6 p.m.
In the South section of the tournament, Central Coosa defeated Winterboro 8-2. They play today against Sylacauga at 4 p.m. Winterboro will play B.B. Comer in an elimination game at 6 p.m.
The Tigers fell to Fayetteville, 12-0.
Steve Brasher pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out five batters and not allowing any walks in five innings of work.
At the plate, Jake Skinner went 2-for-2 with a walk. He hit a double, a triple and had three RBIs and three runs scored.
Byron Osbourn went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Slade Scroggins finished the game with two runs scored and two RBIs.
With the win, Fayetteville improved to 5-0 on the season. They will face the winner of the game between Sylacauga and Central Coosa on Wednesday at 4 p.m.