Rebels, Mustangs, Red Devils among baseball winners this week

Published 2:05 pm Friday, March 15, 2024

By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

Chilton County high school baseball teams jumped back into their respective regular seasons following the 2024 Chilton County Baseball Tournament last week.

County tournament runner-up Thorsby High School won all three of its games between the week of March 7-14, starting with a 3-2 win over Childersburg High School on March 11. The Rebels took a 3-1 lead after two innings and held on late, and were led by Gavin Parker on the mound going three and two-thirds innings giving up one hit, two runs (one earned) and striking out four batters. Braylon Carroll and J.T. Green each picked up RBIs in the win.

Thorsby got its AHSAA Class 2A Area 6 schedule underway on March 12 hosting Central of Coosa County High School for a doubleheader. The Rebels swept the series, winning game one 21-2 behind Carroll’s four innings pitched, three hits and nine batters struck out. Collier Price had three RBIs, and Logan Ellison, Christian Davenport, Grayson McManus, Nate Thomas and Carroll each had two RBIs.

Thorsby smashed Coosa Central in game two 30-0, and Max Burnett threw three innings and struck out six batters while going 3-for-5 with three triples and seven RBIs. Aiden Seeley launched a home run in game two, and the Rebels had 24 RBIs on 15 hits as a team.

Jemison High School earned multiple wins during their week, starting with a 4-1 win over West Blocton High School on March 12. Carter Domino threw a complete game of seven innings giving up five hits, one run, one walk and striking out 12 batters. Daniel Flores and Hunter Scott were each 2-for-3, and Flores had two RBIs.

The Panthers traveled to West Blocton two days later for a doubleheader that started with a close 4-3 defeat in game one. Jemison scored three runs in the last two innings, but the comeback fell short. Luke Gann was 2-for-3, and Alex Bice and King Swindle each had an RBI.

In game two, Jemison exploded for 13 runs in the fourth inning to win 20-5 in four innings. J.P. Gentry was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, and Swindle was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Isabella High School got its March 7-14 week started off on the right foot sweeping a doubleheader over Notasulga High School on March 11, starting with a 17-2 win in game one behind three innings of one-hit, two-run baseball by Aiden Gray who also struck out six batters. Tyler Mims was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and four RBIs, followed by Austin Porter with a 2-for-2 effort with a double and three RBIs and Richard Henderson and Levi Wilkins with two RBIs each.

In game two, the Mustangs won 12-0, and Eli Boatwright and Wilkins combined to throw three innings with two hits and eight strikeouts. Jayden Thomas had a two-RBI double at the plate.

Isabella’s first AHSAA Class 2A Area 6 games of the season came on March 14 hosting Reeltown High School for a doubleheader, and the Mustangs were swept starting in game one falling 12-0. Henderson was 2-for-3. Isabella lost game two 12-1, and D.J. Atchison was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Maplesville High School found its footing during the week after an 8-6 loss at Montevallo High School on March 12. Tied 6-6, Montevallo pushed across two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win. Cade Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Luke Gray was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Cody Jones had an RBI double.

The Red Devils righted the ship on March 13 beating West Blocton 14-4 behind Bradlee Padgett’s six-inning outing allowing five hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out seven batters.

Smith was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Braden Atcheson and Gray both had a double and two RBIs.

The furthest advancing Chilton County area team in last year’s state playoffs Billingsley High School won four of its five games during the week, starting with a 12-2 win over Verbena High School on March 11. Mason Truesdale threw six innings and allowed six hits, one run and struck out 10 batters. Landon Jones was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and Turner Motley was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Jaxson Kelley led the way for Verbena going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

The two schools faced off again the following day in a doubleheader hosted by Verbena, and the Red Devils took game one 4-0. Chris Guzman went the full seven innings for Verbena allowing two hits and striking out eight batters, and Lance Edwards collected two RBIs. For Billingsley, Hunter Wyatt and Hudson Manning had the team’s lone hits.

The Bears bounced back in game two with a 13-3 win, and Kyle Boice was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Brady Caver had two RBIs and Jones posted a triple and two RBIs. Ryan Simmons has two RBIs for the Red Devils, and the only games for Verbena this week were against Billingsley.

Billingsley finished their week on March 14 with a doubleheader against Hale County High School that saw the Bears take game one 8-0 behind Jones’ seven innings, four hits and 18 strikeouts. Motley was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs

In game two, Billingsley completed the sweep with a 12-3 win as Boice was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIS, and Truesdale had three RBIs as well.

Chilton County High School had a light week following its win in the 2024 Chilton County Baseball Tournament, only playing Stanhope Elmore High School on March 12. The Tigers outhit Stanhope 5-4, but five errors were costly to CCHS. Logan Coppedge threw four innings and surrendered two hits, five runs (one earned), five walks and struck out six batters. Brody Pierce was 2-for-3 with a double, and Josh Parker had an RBI.