Mustangs get back on track, CCHS picks up area win
Published 9:59 am Tuesday, March 28, 2023
By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer
All seven Chilton County area baseball teams were in action the week of March 21-27 with some getting big wins before spring break, and others looking for some answers to a few questions.
Isabella High School
The Mustangs picked up their first wins of March during the week’s action, starting with a 15-5 win over Verbena High School on March 21. Isabella posted 12 hits as a team and won in six innings after posting two runs in the bottom half of the inning to end things early.
Colton Conway was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the way. Lane Harmon, Austin Porter and Eli Boatwright had two hits each, and Porter and Boatwright had three and two RBIs, respectively.
Tyler Mims got the win on the mound throwing a complete game of six innings giving up seven hits, five runs (two earned) and sat down three Verbena hitters with a strikeout.
The Mustangs carried that momentum into their March 25 matchup with Dallas County High School that saw Isabella win 13-3. Another six-inning game produced 16 hits for the Mustangs with Dawson Edwards leading the way going 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Braxton Mims, Richard Henderson, Porter and Boatwright had two RBIs each. Porter earned a triple in the game.
Conway was the winning pitcher with arguably his best outing of the season going the full six inning and giving up six hits, three runs and striking out 11 hitters.
Chilton County High School
The Tigers got their week of action started off on the right foot with a massive AHSAA Class 6A Area 5 win over Calera High School 5-4 on March 21. Calera tied the game in the top of the fourth inning, but four runs by CCHS in the bottom half of the inning yielded a 5-1 lead. Logan Bice’s two-RBI double punctuated the big inning.
Starting pitcher Cannon Miller gave up three runs to Calera in the seventh and final inning. However, the senior settled in and stuck out the last two hitters of the game to secure the 5-4 area win. Miller gave up eight hits, four runs and sat down 14 Calera hitters with a strikeout. He also led the way at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double. Parker Willis pitched in a double and two RBIs.
CCHS had an immediate rematch with Calera on March 23 on the road, and the home team evened up the season series winning 13-4. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but Calera scored in every inning after that to cruise to the win. Eight of the nine CCHS batters in the lineup had a hit, and Willis and Tre Fulmer each had two RBIs.
CCHS stepped out of area play on March 24 and suffered a 15-5 loss to John Carroll Catholic High School. Carroll scored four runs in both the first and second innings, and posted seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game early. Brody Pierce had a double, and Miller launched a home run and earned two walks.
CCHS traveled to Baldwin County for the 2023 Gulf Coast Classic and played two games on March 27. In the first game, a 15-0 win over Plainview High School, the Tigers had 14 hits as a team and Colton Brock, Fulmer and Miller had three RBIs each, and Miller hit a solo home run. J.D. Terrell and Cohen Ellison combined to throw four innings of three-hit baseball, giving up one walk and striking out four hitters.
The Tigers second game of March 27 was a nail biter with Mortimer Jordan High School. CCHS took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Mortimer Jordan fought back and held the lead until the Tigers jumped ahead in the sixth inning. Two errors in the seventh inning by CCHS led to two runs to give Mortimer Jordan the walk-off win. Bice was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Miller had three RBIs, and Willis had two RBIs.
Jemison High School
The Panthers had an up and down week of action, which started with a low on March 21 dropping both games of its doubleheader. In the first game, a 9-5 loss to Munford High School, Jemison trailed 9-0 before putting together a rally in the seventh inning scoring five runs. Tucker Bean had three RBIs, and Hunter Scott and Cooper Smitherman both had two hits.
Jemison lost 6-1 to Sylacauga High School in the second game. A wild pitch scored the first run of the game for the Panthers in the first inning, but they were held scoreless the rest of the way. Guyton Pace, Lane Pate, Alex Bice and Smitherman had the four hits for Jemison, and all were singles.
Jemison’s fortunes turned on March 22 with a 15-1 thumping of B.B. Comer High School in five innings. Pate was 3-for-4 to lead the way, and Daniel Flores and Trenton Gaines each had two RBIs. Scott got the start on the mound and gave up only three hits, one unearned run and struck out eight hitters.
Jemison finished their week with two games on March 27, starting with a 3-0 win over Saks High School that saw Pate throw a no-hitter. Pate gave up no hits, no runs, two walks and struck out 12 hitters to earn the win.
Jemison scored in the first inning and held the 1-0 lead until the sixth inning when Bice connected on an RBI single to make it 2-0. Flores added a run to the board in the seventh inning on a groundout to put the game away. Bice was 2-for-2 with a double, and Pace and Scott each had a double as well.
The second game was a 10-0 loss to Stow-Munroe Falls High School for the Panthers. Bean and Pace recorded the two hits for Jemison.
Thorsby High School
The Rebels had an up and down week much like their northern Chilton neighbors, starting with a 6-5 win over Comer on March 21 and Payton Cole’s game winning RBI single. Coles plated Braylon Carroll from third base in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the win. Cole was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Aiden Seely had two RBIs as well. Gavin Parker got the start of the mound and struck out eight hitters.
March 22 saw Thorsby lose 16-0 to Munford with Remington Taylor, Manuel Castillo and Carroll collecting the three hits for the Rebels. A 16-2 loss to Corner High School on March 25 followed for the Rebels. Parker and Carroll each had two hits with one of Parker’s going for a home run.
Maplesville High School
The Red Devils had a light week with one game on March 24 against West Blocton High School that Maplesville lost 12-5. Bradlee Padgett was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the way at the plate for Maplesville. Cade Smith and Trace Payne each contributed an RBI.
Verbena High School
Verbena’s only game of the week was the 15-5 loss to Isabella on March 21. Johnathan Marino led the way for Verbena going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Luke Connell had two RBIs.