Rebels win two on strength of pitching

Published 7:35 pm Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thorsby has benefitted from two strong pitching performances recently.

The Rebels’ Bo Hoffman tossed a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win over Corner on Tuesday, and Brantly Maddox worked six strong innings in an 8-1 win over West Blocton on Wednesday.

Maddox struck out four batters while allowing one run on six hits and no walks before giving way to Matt Morgan, who pitched the final inning.

Blocton struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning with two doubles, and Thorsby (13-2) didn’t get on the board until the top of the fourth inning, when Hoffman was hit by a pitch, Denham Childress followed with a hit and Braden McRae moved the runners with a sacrifice.

Three consecutive walks were followed by Morgan’s three-run double that made the score 5-1.

THS padded its lead in the seventh. With Morgan on base after being hit by a pitch, Tyler Owens blasted a home run.

Cody Scott added an RBI double later in the inning.

On Tuesday, Hoffman struck out 15 batters. He allowed five hits and three walks.

The only run of the game crossed the plate in the fourth inning. Hoffman reached base on an error, and McRae came in as a pinch runner.

Chris Brown brought McRae home with a squeeze play.