Pelham enacts mercy rule opening day

Published 10:24 am Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Pelham Panthers have a 6A state championship in their sights this season and didn’t waste any time showing off its offense as they 10-run ruled Sumiton Christian and Calera on opening day Monday.

Sophomore Trevor Fitts picked up the win in the opener against Sumiton, pitching a five-inning no-hitter. Only a walk stood in the way of a perfect game.

Designated hitter Thomas Milstead led the Panthers with two hits and two RBIs in the first game, while Tripp Martin added a home run and two RBIs.

Pelham scored a run in both the first and second innings before adding three in the fourth and five in the fifth to end the game.

In the second game, Justin Cupp was the only player for to collect a hit for Calera as he had two off Pelham pitcher Trae Santos. The two hits were Santos’ only base runners, as he struck out 11 of 19 batters faced for the win.

Alvin Hines hit a three-run homerun in the fifth inning to lead Pelham’s offense. He was walked three times on the day and hit by a pitch against Sumiton Christian. Santos helped himself against Calera with two hits and two RBIs.

Milstead and Santos led the Panthers with three hits on the day each. Martin, Hines, Austin Dubberly, Hunter Ragsdale, Andrew Bishop and Ryan Roberts each had a hit.

Pelham (2-0) will travel to Northwest Rankin on Thursday at 7 p.m.