CCHS baseball completes sweep of Prattville

Published 3:50 pm Friday, March 4, 2016

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Chilton County varsity baseball team played the role of giant slayer on Wednesday night by knocking off the Class 7A Prattville Lions in back-to-back road games.

It was no easy task for the Tigers, as Game 1 was decided in 10 innings before CCHS secured a 2-0 victory.

Game 2 was not as dramatic, as the Tigers picked up a 9-4 win to complete the sweep over the Lions.

Cade Hatch started it off for the Tigers with a single in the top of the first inning, but the inning resulted in no runs.

The Tigers managed two runners in the top of the second after a Dustin Langston single and a walk by Colby Ramsey.

However, once again Chilton County had no runs to show for it.

A single by Hunter Bennett in the top of the third did little to help the Tigers.

Following a three-up-and-three-down in the top of the fourth for the Tigers, Prattville threatened with two runners on base and one out.

CCHS escaped the jam, and the game remained scoreless through four innings.

Hatch began extra innings with a single, but three straight outs from the Tigers left him stranded at first base.

The Lions matched by getting a runner as far as second before two outs brought the eighth inning to a close.

An infield ground ball by Tolliver Gilliland led to the first out of the 10th inning, but a single up the middle by Eiland Cleckler breathed life into the Tiger offense.

Hatch followed it up with a walk, and Giquon Lane was hit by a pitch, as the Tigers loaded the bases with only one out.

A strike out brought the Tigers down to their final out with the bases loaded.

Four straight balls to Bennett scored Cleckler, and then Hatch hustled home on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

A one-out walk in the bottom half of the inning provided the Lions with a base runner, but he wound up stranded at third.

Hatch led the Tigers at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance that included two singles, a walk and a run scored.

Bennett got the start on the mound and threw seven innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

Game 2 started similar to the first, with the Tigers putting a man on to start the game but coming away with no runs to show for it.

The Lions struck first and led 1-0 early on thanks Chilton County errors.

After a quick inning for the Tigers in the second, the Lions tacked on three more runs in the bottom half and put CCHS in an early 4-0 hole.

The top of the fourth inning began with singles by Corbin Bice and Dustin Cleckler.

Dustin Langston reached on a fielder’s choice, and Kendall Davis reached on an error by the Lions that allowed two Tiger runners to score.

After two more walks were issued to the Tigers, Chilton County took advantage and tied the game 4-4 in the fourth inning.

After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, the Tigers added three more runs in the top of the fifth.

A single by Bice followed by a pair of walks and a Lions error helped make the score 5-4. Another walk along with a wild pitch closed out the fifth, but not before CCHS established a 7-4 lead.

Three consecutive singles by Bice, Cleckler, Langston and Ramsey gave the Tigers two more runs on their way to the win.

Bice led the Tigers at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance with three singles, while Langston got the start on the mound and allowed four hits, three walks and three strikeouts over five innings of work.