Sylacauga had to play a full seven innings last night when they failed to put the Fayetteville Wolves away. The team led 13-1 after three innings, but allowed the Wolves to get back into the game, even though they eventually won 21-7.
In three games in the tournament, the team has compiled a total of 45 runs, an average of 15 runs per game.
“I’m proud of our team,” Sylacauga head coach Mike Gibbs said. “I was a little disappointed in a game or two where we didn’t finish as strong as I would like for us to. We just sort of lost a little bit of concentration, but tonight our kids played well from start to finish. Give Comer credit. They got up on us in the first inning, but our pitcher, Allen Wilson, he settled in and did the job we needed him to do. Our kids never got down being down 2-0. We put together some hits and some runs. I was proud of the way we swung the bat up and down the lineup. The kids responded well after being down. It’s still a long season, but we’re proud of the win tonight. Comer’s got a really good team. Coach Blair’s doing a really good job with Comer. We’re just glad we had a win.”
Allen Wilson, who had a strong outing Wednesday afternoon against Winterboro took the mound again on Thursday against Comer and pitched three solid innings to notch another win. Wilson allowed two runs off three hits in the first inning,but he settled down and only allowed two hits the rest of the game. Wilson recorded four strikeouts and he didn’t record a walk.
Triston Sims was charged with the loss for Comer.
Comer got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. When Caleb Duffee hit a double into center field with the ball reaching the fence, allowing Sims and Tyler Jackson to score to give Comer an early 2-0 lead.
Sylacauga put a dent in the lead in the bottom of the first when Brooks Jackson scored on a Will Green single to left field to make it 2-1.
The Aggies took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Clay Wesson scored on a single by Austin Masters. Jackson got an infield single to bring in Justin Hickman. Zach Pearson executed a squeeze bunt to bring in Masters. The bunt was hit into the air, but beyond the reach of Sims. After a pitching change, Jackson attempted to steal home on a squeeze. The home plate umpire’s call on the play was rendered useless when it was ruled that relief pitcher Zach Osbourn had committed a balk and all runners advanced as a result. Hunter Johns hit a grounder to third base and the third baseman applied the tag at third base, while Johns reached safely on a fielder’s choice and Pearson was able to cross the plate to give Sylacauga a 6-2 lead.
The Aggies added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Hickman scored on Jackson’s RBI single into left field. Jackson eventually came around to score on an error on Comer’s left fielder. Tanner Cleveland singled to left field to bring Zach Pearson in to score to make it 9-2. Johns reached base on an error by the shortstop and Will Green scored as a result.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jackson hit a single up the middle of the infield to bring in Hickman for a run. Jackson scored on an RBI single by Green. Cleveland followed that up with a two-run RBI double to deep center field over the head of Comer center fielder Tyler Jackson to make it 14-2.
Relief pitcher Clay Wesson got Dustin Sumners to fly out to left field and struck out Brandon Knox and pinch hitter Jordan Mathews to end the game.
Jackson had a standout performance, going 4-4 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBIs for the Aggies.
“The last two or three games Brooks has had some really good at-bats,” Gibbs said. “He’s put the ball in play; he’s knocked in some runs for us. He’s just a sophomore; we put him in a tough spot in the leadoff spot. We saw last year he had potential to help us in the top of the batting order. I’m just tickled for him. He’s such a good kid. All of them are good kids, but he’s really done a good job and I hope he continues that. He sort of sets the table a little bit.”
Sylacauga will face Childersburg in the finals of the Talladega County Baseball Tournament this afternoon at Sylacauga with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.