Sylacauga wins County championship again
by Wesley Sinor
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Sylacauga’s Matt Holland picked up the victory against Childersburg Thursday. Brian Schoenhals
Sylacauga’s Matt Holland picked up the victory against Childersburg Thursday. Brian Schoenhals
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SYLACAUGA — The Sylacauga Aggies (3-0) captured the 2011 Talladega County Baseball Tournament championship on their home field Thursday with a 14-2 win over rival Childersburg (1-2). It was the second tournament win over the Tigers for the Aggies, who also won 12-4 Wednesday.

With the championship victory, Sylacauga maintains control of the tournament, and will be scheduled to host again in 2012.

“I’m proud for the kids,” said Aggies head coach Mike Gibbs. “It’s one of the goals they had at the beginning of the season. We don’t ever know what to expect, but Childersburg is much better than that. Chad (Slaten) is a good coach and he’ll have his team where they need to be at the end of the year.”

Matt Holland picked up the win for the Aggies after pitching four innings and Matt Collier was awarded most valuable player of the tournament.

“It feels great,” Collier said. “Our first goal is accomplished, and now it’s on to winning the area.”

Collier said his award came as a surprise.

“I didn’t expect,” the senior went on to say. “I thank God for it, but I didn’t expect it.”

The highly-anticipated contest between the two schools was called after five innings and appeared to be over before it started.

After battling back to top Munford 9-2 in the semifinal game, Childersburg’s errors proved costly as the Tigers fell behind by 10 runs early against Sylacauga.

“We got off to a bad start defensively and you can’t give a team like Sylacauga extra outs,” Slaten said. “A lot of times coaches will get upset with his players and throw them under the bus, but I feel like it’s my responsibility. We weren’t ready, and that’s my fault. Sylacauga is a really good ball club and they deserved to win.”

With no outs in the bottom of the first, Collier scored on a wild pitch from Tiger pitcher Cole Limbaugh, putting the Aggies up 1-0.

Moments later, Jake Edwards bunted to load the bases. The next batter, Tyler Lindsey, hit a single, scoring Cheston Wesson.

Cade Conville tagged up and scored for the third run after Colton Richardson flew out to right field. Zack Duffee then drew a two-out walk to bring in Edwards.

Collier batted in Aaron Wykoff and Jeremy Murphy, and Cheston Wesson tripled to put the Aggies up 8-0 after Duffee and Collier came around.

Childersburg coach Chad Slaten decided to relieve Limbaugh with Allen Logan before the opening inning concluded.

“His arm was a little tight, and we have a double header Saturday, so I didn’t want to leave him out there,” Slaten said after the game.

Wesson scored from third base on a wild pitch as the Sylacauga lead was pushed to 9-0. Lindsey then reached first base on an error and Conville, who was running for Austin Drummonds, put Sylacauga up 10-0.

Sylacauga would put four more runs on the scoreboard by the end of the game.

Childersburg’s two runs came in the top of the fifth inning. First it was eighth-grader Tyler Jackson’s double bringing Kyle Riddle. The second came off the bat of Dosson Stubblefield, which brought Jackson home.

“(Jackson’s) too young to be scared and nervous,” Slaten said. “He just loves to play the game. All of our guys do. Being as young as he is people notice when he plays well. His future is bright.”

Childersburg will play Cleburne County and Chelsea at home Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Sylacauga will face Benjamin Russell Saturday at 3 p.m.