Headley’s bat, Maddox’s arm pacing Tigers in tournamentBy Staff Reports Published 5:30pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
Lopsided scores and a no-hitter have been the stories of the first two days of the Chilton County Baseball Tournament.
In the second game on Tuesday, Chilton County High School–basically playing at home because the tournament is being held at Clanton’s Jack Hayes Field–called on Tyler Maddox to do the hurling against Isabella and after a 1-2-3 first inning, all via strikeout, it was pretty apparent the Tigers made a good call.
Cameron Cummings would kick-start the Tiger offense with a shot to right field for a double and would later score on a single by Tyler Crowson. Craig Headley would send Crowson across home plate with a single, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead early.
Maddox made short work of the Isabella bats again in the top of the second with another 1-2-3 inning. The Tigers would add two more runs in the bottom of the second when a Joe Mosley double sent Beau Waid across home plate, and a Crowson single would score Mosley, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
For the third straight inning, Maddox and the Tiger defense retired the Mustangs in order and went back to work with their bats, scoring one more in the bottom of the third when Grant Deavers drove home J.D. Minor.
The top of the fourth inning played out much like the third with the Tigers retiring the Mustangs with four batters, while scoring another of their own and building their lead to 6-0.
By the top of the fifth inning, the term “no-hitter” started to be quietly discussed in the Tiger dugout, and after a fourth 1-2-3 inning by Maddox, it was clear to all that this could be a special evening.
With two straight doubles to start the bottom of the fifth for the Tigers, it became a possibility that the Tigers could end the game in five innings, thus securing the shutout for Maddox.
With a 9-0 lead and only one out, Cummings would rope his second double of the night and in doing so scored Mosley, securing the complete game, five-inning no-hitter for Maddox.
Maddox struck out six batters and issued two walks. Tyler Crowson was 3-for-3 at the plate with three singles and a run batted in.
Day 2 of the tournament began with a match-up of the Maplesville Red Devils and the Verbena Red Devils in the early game.
Maplesville scored early and often en route to a 26-0 win over VHS.
With a nine-run top of the first inning for Maplesville, and Trevor Wallace making short work of the Verbena offense from the mound, Maplesville would add 15 more runs in the top of the second, and two more in the top of the third.
Isabella, CCHS win on opening day
Verbena struck first Monday in the first game of the tournament, but it would be Isabella that would strike most often, getting the better of the Red Devils, 18-8.
VHS drew first blood in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs to start the game, but the Mustangs were not to be outdone, shutting down the Red Devils in the second inning while piling on six runs in the frame.