Chilton County baseball teams fall in first round
Published 11:47 am Tuesday, April 25, 2023
By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer
All three Chilton County high school baseball teams who advanced to the AHSAA state baseball playoffs began their journeys on the road in the first round on April 21. The teams found tough sledding on the road and fell 2-0 in their series to end their seasons.
Maplesville High School
After finishing runner-up in the Class 1A Area 6 standings, Maplesville drew Sweet Water High School in the first round. In game one, the hosts went up 6-0 after four innings. In the top of the fifth inning, Bradlee Padgett got the Red Devils on the board with a solo home run over the right field wall. Later in the inning, Jake Carlee hit a sharp ground ball that produced an error from Sweet Water and Troy McMillan came home to score after an earlier walk to make it 6-2.
Sweet Water added three runs late in the game to take game one 9-2.
Maplesville’s offense came alive in game two after Sweet Water jumped ahead 4-0 early. The Red Devils put together a five-run second inning that was started by a Braden Atcheson double, and a Trace Payne single. A Sweet Water error scored the first run and left the bases loaded for Carlee who earned a walk to make it 4-2.
Sweet Water had another error that produced Maplesville’s third run, and McMillan knocked a two-RBI double to left field to give the Red Devils the 5-4 lead. Maplesville held the lead for an inning, but Sweet Water scored the game’s last nine runs to win 13-5 and advance to the Sweet 16.
Thorsby High School
The Rebels, who placed second in the AHSAA Class 2A Area 6 standings, drew a tough first-round matchup in G.W. Long High School. However, the Rebels showed no signs of intimidation taking the lead in game one in their first time up to bat behind a sacrifice fly by Aiden Seeley that scored Remington Taylor after his leadoff double.
Long responded with five runs in their first time up to bat to go up 5-1. Thorsby’s Gavin Parker leadoff the second inning with a solo home run to center field, but Long added four more runs in their half of the inning to lead 9-2 after two innings.
Seeley got his second RBI of the game in the third inning on a fielder’s choice. Braylon Carroll and J.T. Green each knocked RBI singles in the fifth inning, but Long ended the game after five innings going up 15-5.
In game two, Thorsby offense was not as potent, and the Rebels fell 16-0 as Long scored all their runs from the second to fourth innings. Parker, Seeley and Taylor each had a single in game two.
Chilton County High School
The Tigers, runner-up in Area 5 of Class 6A, also drew a difficult matchup in round one traveling to Stanhope Elmore High School. Stanhope Elmore posted two 13-0 wins to take the series 2-0.
In game one, six errors plagued the Tigers and benefitted Stanhope Elmore greatly as only three of the 13 runs were earned. CCHS third baseman Eli Dale knocked a single for the Tigers in his only at bat to go 1-for-1.
Game two saw the Tigers settle in during the second and third innings after giving up a run in the top of the first inning. Stanhope Elmore added five runs in the fourth inning, but CCHS hung around at that deficit where a rally could put them right back into the game. However, seven runs later from the hosts put the game out of reach.
CCHS cut their errors in half in game two, and tripled their amount of hits. J.D. Terrell had a double, and Tre Fulmer, Miller and Dale each had a single.