Home runs help CCHS outlast Thorsby

Published 4:59 pm Friday, April 27, 2018

Chilton County High School went on the road and defeated Thorsby 11-7 on April 25.

Both teams traded runs, and the long ball came into play on multiple occasions during the game.

Four balls cleared the outfield fence in the contest, as each team hit a pair of home runs.

“Offensively we were hitting on all cylinders,” CCHS coach Johnny Giles said. “Balls were flying out of the park.”

Caelyn Griffin and Marlie Giles hit bombs for CCHS, while Irelan Childress and Lindsey Burnett each knocked one out to join the hit parade for Thorsby.

“Hitting just sets the tone for everybody,” Griffin said.

According to Marlie Giles, there are certain aspects that make a dangerous hitter.

“It’s a mindset, knowing your pitcher and knowing your mechanics,” Marlie Giles said.

After five runs in the first inning, the Rebels were only able to produce two runs the rest of the game.

Hallie Ousley pitched for the Tigers and quickly shrugged off a rough start to the game.

She did a nice job of forcing the Thorsby batters to pop the ball up on several occasions.

“She [Ousley] found herself late in the game and got her riseball and changeup working,” Johnny Giles said.

It was the final home game for Childress, who is the lone senior for Thorsby this year.

According to Childress, hitting a home run in front of the home fans one last time was something that she will always remember.

“I just left everything I had on the field,” Childress said. “I was very excited.”

Next up for both teams are the area tournaments. CCHS will travel to Stanhope Elmore to take on Selma in the opening game April 30, while Thorsby will make the trip to Fayetteville and kick things off against Verbena on May 1.

“Everybody keeps telling us how young we are,” Johnny Giles said. “We know we’re young, but we’re ready to win now.”