Thorsby’s baseball team unbeaten through nine gamesBy Staff Reports Published 7:15am Sunday, March 2, 2014
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
Thorsby’s baseball team defeated Robert E. Lee (4-2) and Calera (14-4) on Saturday to improve its record to 9-0 on the season.
Against Calera (2-10), Thorsby got off to a hot start both defensively and offensively and never slacked up.
Billy Barker started the game for Calera by reaching base after being struck by a pitch, but it would be the only offensive action for the Eagles in the top half of the first inning as Rebels pitcher Bailey Sellers and his defense retired the next three batters in order.
The Rebels fared much better than their counterparts in the bottom half of the inning, putting six runs on the board.
With Chris Brown on base after being hit by a pitch, a Matthew Morgan double to right field put the Rebels on the board. Morgan scored on a Tyler Owens sacrifice fly to left center field, and the Rebels took a two-run lead. Zachary Morris knocked in three more runs with a double to right field and later scored on a Jagger Cook double to center field.
For the second straight inning, Calera started the top of the second with a base runner after Dylan Reddin reached base after being hit by a pitch. However, the Eagles were unable to advance Reddin any further and continued to trail by six runs.
Brown again gave Thorsby a base runner, this time to start the bottom half of the second by reaching on a walk. A Owens single to left scored Brown, and Morgan scored on a Cody Scott single after reaching on a single of this own.
After two innings of play, the Rebels extended their lead to eight runs.
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third, when a infield ground ball scored Barker, who reached on a single.
The Rebels continued their scoring streak by adding three more runs in the top half of the third inning.
With Conner McCrae on board after his second straight double, Brown added two more runs for the Rebels with a two-run home run to right-center field.
Wesley Posey added one more in the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed Morgan to cross the plate and extend the Rebel lead to 10 runs, 11-1.
Calera recorded one run in the top of the fourth inning on a Ryne Phelps single that scored Reddin, but it did little to cut into the Rebel lead as they would add two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
With the game on the line, the Eagles added two more runs on a single by Reddin in the top of the fifth to avoid the threatening 10-run mercy rule. However, only needing one run to bring the game to its end, a Brown single scored Jagger Cook and gave Thorsby a win.
Sellers pitched four innings, two runs on five hits while recording six strike outs.
Brown led the Rebels at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance that included the home run and three RBI.