Two local pitchers advance in East/West

Published 8:27 pm Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pitchers Chance Calloway of Chilton County and Cody Carroll of Thorsby were the two local players chosen to advance from Saturday’s East/West Baseball event.

Both Calloway and Carroll, two juniors, pitched for the West team and stifled the East while on the mound.

Calloway pitched the fourth and fifth innings of the first game of a doubleheader at Clanton’s Jack Hayes Field. He allowed one hit and no runs while striking out three.

Carroll started Game 2. He walked the first batter he faced, Prattville’s Tyler Spivey, and then promptly struck out the side.

The East scored a run against Carroll in the second inning, but it was unearned, as the West committed two errors in the frame. Carroll totaled five strikeouts.

The West dominated the two games, winning 12-1 and 15-4, which was reflected by the list of those selected to advance to the next round.

Chosen from the West, in addition to Calloway and Carroll, were Braten Dill and Kevin McNorton of Shelby County and Trent Posey of Calera. Chosen from the East were Jordan Freeman of Prattville and Justin McAfee of Dallas County.

Chilton County’s Adam Minor was named as a reserve after going 3-for-4 at the plate in two games with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

The seven players advancing from Saturday’s area game will compete on May 29 in the district competition, also to be held at Jack Hayes Field. They will join seven players from the Tuscaloosa area and six players from the Demopolis area to form the West team that will face an East team composed of 10 players from the Tallassee area game and 10 players from the Montgomery area game.