Wilson fans 9 in Sylacauga's 10-2 win over Winterboro
by ERICH HILKERT
SYLACAUGA – Sylacauga used a strong outing from pitcher Allen Wilson to carry them to a 10-2 victory over Winterboro. Wilson pitched four innings, giving up an unearned run off four hits while striking out nine hitters and not issuing a walk to finish as the winning pitcher.

Meanwhile, Winterboro’s Casey Goins was handed the loss.

The second and third innings were productive ones for the Sylacauga offense.

Zach Pearson scored the first run in the first inning on an error by shortstop Brady Wideman after reaching base on an error by Goins.

In the second inning, Tanner Cleveland hit a ball out of the reach of first baseman Jonathan Harris for a single. Justin Hickman followed that up with a bloop hit into shallow center field. Austin Masters hit the ball deep into the gap at shortstop and reached first base on an infield single. Cleveland scored on the throw to first base. Masters later stole second base, and due to an errant throw, Hickman scored from third base and Masters advanced to third base. Brooks Jackson hit a pitch into the gap between left and center field to bring Masters across home plate for an RBI to make it 4-0.

In the third inning, Goins issued back-to-back walks to Peyton Heath and Cleveland. Hickman hit a grounder that advanced Heath to third, but Cleveland was out at second on a fielder’s choice. When Winterboro tried to turn the double play on Hickman at first base, Heath came around to score and Hickman wound up being safe at first. Justin Masters hit a single into left field. When the outfielder tried to throw Hickman out at third base, Masters advanced to second. With two runners in scoring position, Jackson hit a single to the gap in center and right field that scored two runs. Pearson followed that up with a double that traveled to the center field fence that brought Jackson home to increase the Aggies’ lead to 8-1.

Cleveland singled in the fourth inning to score Heath to increase the lead to 9-1.

Nick Leonard scored the second run of the game for Winterboro on an RBI single by Brady Wideman to make it 9-2. Leonard got on base through a walk, then stole second base and advanced to third on a balk by Wilson. Leonard also scored Winterboro’s first run in third inning on an Andrew Pitts RBI.

Will Green tacked on another run in the sixth inning to push the Aggies into double digits when Heath hit a fly ball to center field, where Wideman made a nice catch but Green tagged up to score from third base.

Cleveland finished the game 2-2 with two walks, one run score and an RBI, while Jackson finished 2-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

With the loss, Winterboro was sent to the loser’s bracket to immediately play B.B. Comer in the ensuing game.

Sylacauga advanced to play Fayetteville.

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