CCHS softball seeking early season traction

Published 12:53 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

Chilton County High School softball fell behind early on Feb. 28 to Oak Mountain and lost 8-2.

Oak Mountain (5-1) jumped on the Tigers after freshman Macey Pierce launched her second home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to put CCHS up 1-0. The Eagles post a four spot in the top half of the third inning to erase the Tigers advantage and added a fifth run in the fourth inning to make it 5-1.

“They continued to pitch away, and we didn’t make adjustments,” CCHS coach Johnny Giles said. “I was concerned about our defense, but I was equally concerned about our lack of offensive production.”

The Tigers (3-4) post 11 hits in the game, the same amount as Oak Mountain, but left runners on base at inopportune times and could not capitalize. However, on the last day of February, Pierce saved her best for last in the month going 4-for-4 at the plate driving in both CCHS runs including the home run.

Tyeshia Williams and Gracie Brewer both had two hits. Williams’ game was cut short when she was cut on the leg and needed medical attention. Williams got four stiches in her knee and could miss some time for the Tigers.

Anna Burnett and Jadyn Kurdziel each added a hit in the game.

Emma Deason’s box score was not indicative of how the senior pitched in the game. Deason threw seven innings giving up 11 hits and eight runs, but only two of those were earned. The Tigers committed five errors that aided the rest of the Eagles runs. Deason walked three batters, struck out two and added a hit at the plate in the game.

“We’re going to go back extra hard, and those are the type of plays we just have to make,” Giles said. “We work hard and spend a lot of time working on drills, and those plays have got to be made. That’s the difference in winning and losing.”

Oak Mountain added three more runs later in the game to bring the final tally to 8-2.

The uncharacteristic errors by the Tigers hurt them, but the great thing about softball is there is normally always a game in the near future and a chance to make amends. CCHS travels to Jemison on March 3.

“It was a rough one,” Giles said. “But we’ll get back to the drawing board and get ready for Jemison on Thursday.”