Tigers fall to Alabama Christian, top WetumpkaBy Staff Reports Published 7:23am Sunday, February 23, 2014
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
After splitting a doubleheader against Saint James on Friday night, Chilton County’s baseball team split games again on Saturday, losing to Alabama Christian 8-4 and picking up a 17-7 win over Wetumpka.
A Blake Teel single and Cade Hatch double led to two runs for the Tigers (2-5) in the bottom half of the first inning, but the visiting Alabama Christian Eagles (2-3) countered with three runs of their own in the second and third innings combined.
CCHS’s Jacob Skinner crossed home plate on a Garret Deavers run-scoring single to tie the game 3-all in the bottom of the third.
Both teams went scoreless through the next two innings, but the Eagles reeled off four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Corbin Bice reached base on a fielder’s choice and was later driven in by a J.D. Minor double in the bottom half of the sixth.
Heading to the seventh and final inning, the Tigers trailed the Eagles 7-4.
Alabama Christian added one more run in the top of the seventh, and despite a lead-off single by Cade Hatch to start the bottom half of the inning, the Tigers were unable to advance the runner and fell to the Eagles.
For the second day in a row, Game 2 found the Tigers getting the better end of the deal in a game shortened by the mercy rule in the sixth inning.
After the Wetumpka Indians posted two runs to start the game, the Tigers answered with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Tigers added one more in the bottom of the second when a Cade Hatch single set up a Gabe Hayes RBI single.
Both teams went scoreless through the third inning, but the Indians broke that trend by putting up five runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Not to be outdone, the first five CCHS batters reached base en route to a five-run inning for the Tigers in the bottom half of the fourth, giving the Tigers a 12-7 lead.
Wetumpka chipped one run off the lead, but the Tigers extended it right back in the bottom of the fifth, then four more runs in the bottom half of the sixth allowed the hosts to end the game early and earned the Tigers their second win of the season.
Against Alabama Christian, Hatch led the way for the Tigers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Teel got the start on the mound and pitched six innings while recording seven strikeouts and allowing 10 hits.
Against Wetumpka, Hayes led went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
J.P. Ratliff got the start and pitched 3 1/3 innings with one strikeout and four hits and four walks allowed.