Thorsby emerges as a tournament favorite

Published 9:37 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chilton County and Thorsby on Tuesday established themselves as favorites in the county baseball tournament.

The Tigers and Rebels defeated Isabella and Jemison, respectively, to become the only unbeaten teams left in the double-elimination tournament.

CCHS began the day Tuesday by defeating an IHS team, 8-1, that had drawn a first-round bye.

The second game of the day was controlled more by the pitchers than the batters.

Jemison and Thorsby combined for only six hits, but THS took advantage of Jemison errors to score three unearned runs.

Parker Bryan led off the home half of the first inning by reaching on an error and scored on another JHS miscue.

Matthew Morgan went through a similar trip around the bases in the fourth inning. Jason Price also reached on an error and scored in the frame.

Blake Elkins concluded the scoring by singling with two outs in the sixth and scoring on a Bo Hoffman single.

The mistakes spoiled a solid start by Jemison pitcher Alex Campbell, who allowed just three hits—all singles—and no walks in six innings pitched while striking out six Rebels.

Cody Carroll shut out Jemison through seven innings, holding the Panthers to three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

CCHS and Thorsby will now get a break; they won’t play again until Friday at 7 p.m., when they will face each other to see who goes into Saturday with a one-game advantage.

Isabella plays Verbena at 4 p.m. Thursday, followed by Jemison versus Maplesville. Both will be elimination games.