Tigers cruise in important area game

Published 8:37 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Down the line: Chilton County’s Blake Teel, right, tries to beat out a throw to first base during Tuesday’s game against Central-Tuscaloosa.

Chilton County’s baseball team improved its playoff outlook with Tuesday’s 10-0, five-inning win over area foe Central-Tuscaloosa.

CCHS has already lost three games to Brookwood but swept three from Paul Bryant, so the win over Central was important to keep the Tigers in the top two in the area.

Chilton’s only two remaining area games are against Central, a doubleheader in Tuscaloosa on Thursday.

Tigers pitcher Chance Calloway flirted with a no-hitter on Tuesday, not allowing a hit until there were two outs in the top of the fourth inning and Central’s Rudy Taylor was able to drive one just past a diving first baseman.

Calloway shut out the Falcons through five innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out seven batters.

Calloway, Chase Lucas and Adam Minor—the team’s three seniors—were recognized before the game and then all played key roles in the outcome.

Minor got the offense going in the bottom of the third inning by singling home Lucas.

CCHS added seven runs in the fourth inning on only two hits—one of which was a two-run single by Minor—four walks and four errors.

The Tigers ended it early in the fifth. Cameron Cummings doubled with two outs and scored on a wild pitch, Calloway reached on an error, and Trevor Thomas came through with a single that scored Calloway.

Minor finished the game 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs batted in and one run scored.

Cummings went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.