Headley’s bat, Maddox’s arm pacing Tigers in tournamentBy Staff Reports Published 5:30pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Verbena scored one in the top of the third, while a single by Jacob Carroll of Isabella would drive in two more for the Mustangs in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew Smith added a double that drove in two more Mustangs to make the score 10-3 at the bottom of the third.
A Jacob Montgomery shot to right field scored two for the Red Devils in the top of the fourth, and a Jared Mims double brought Montgomery across the plate, making the score 10-6.
The Mustangs looked as though they would score in bunches during the bottom half of the fourth inning, but with the bases loaded and no outs for the Mustangs, the Red Devils pulled off a very rare feat: a triple play.
Adam Heflin and Jese Ellis both drove in runs on singles in the top of the fifth inning to bring the Red Devils to within two, 10-8.
The Mustangs’ offense went to work in the bottom of the fifth inning with a triple by Willie Smith driving in three Mustangs, making the score 15-8. Two scores later, Roddy Ratliff would come across the plate, sealing the win for the Mustangs, 18-8.
The late game on the opening night of the tournament saw the Maplesville Red Devils taking on the Chilton County Tigers. The Tigers were not kind hosts to the Red Devils, posting a 10-run first inning en route to a 16-1 win over Maplesville.
With Cummings retiring the first three Maplesville batters via strikeout, the Chilton County Tigers took batting practice in the home side of the first inning.
After setting down the Maplesville side on the mound, Cummings got the Tiger offense started with a shot to right field, netting him a triple.
A Tyler Crowson single drove in Cummings, but that would just be the start for the Tigers in the first inning. Six runs later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Craig Headley would send a shot over the 325-feet sign in left field but just foul. Three pitches later, this time the ball stayed fair and Headley had his second home run of the season, this time a base clearing grand slam that gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead in the first inning.
Cummings would go right back to work for the Tigers in the top of the second, recording two more Red Devil strikeouts en route to another shutout inning.
The Tiger offense was far from done on the evening as they would go on to add six more runs in the bottom of the second inning.
With a 16-0 lead, the Tigers would clear their bench, but that made it no easier on the Red Devils. Evan Moatts and Grant Deavers closed out the pitching duties for the Tigers, giving up only one run late in the fourth inning but only allowing three combined hits.
Cameron Cummings threw two innings for the Tigers with five strikeouts; he was also 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, triple and one RBI. Headley was 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a grand slam, along with five RBI.