Calera baseball falls to Thorsby

Published 12:07 pm Monday, March 3, 2014

Calera's Connor Bush looks to throw across the diamond in a March 1 matchup with Thorsby. (Contributed/Brandon Sumrall)

Calera’s Connor Bush looks to throw across the diamond in a March 1 matchup with Thorsby. (Contributed/Brandon Sumrall)

By BRANDON SUMRALL/Special to the Reporter

THORSBY — The Calera Eagles baseball team looked to get its season back on track with an appearance in the Thorsby High Tournament against the host school, but unfortunately for the Eagles, the Rebels took a 14-4 win.

Billy Barker started the game for the Eagles by reaching base after being struck by a pitch, but the Rebel defense retired the next three batters in order.

The Rebels put six runs on the board in the bottom half to take a 6-0 lead.

For the second straight inning, the Eagles started the top of the second with a base runner after Dylan Reddin reached base after being hit by a pitch. However, the Eagles were unable to advance Reddin and continued to trail by six runs.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Rebels tacked on two more runs to make 8-0.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third, when an infield ground ball scored Barker who reached on a single.

The Rebels continued their scoring streak by adding three more runs in the top half of the third inning. Three more Thorsby players came across to increase the lead to 11-1.

Calera added one more run in the top of the forth inning on a Ryne Phelps single that scored Reddin, but it did little to cut into the Rebel lead as they added two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 12-2 game.

With the game on the line, the Eagles added two more runs on a two RBI single by Reddin in the top of the fifth to break the threatening ten run mercy rule at 12-4. However, only needing one run to bring the game to its end, a single scored Jagger Cook and gave Thorsby a 14-4 win.

On the hill, it was pitching by committee for the Eagles as Devin Buckanen, Phelps, Reddin, and Pervis Turnbow combined to allow 12 hits, 8 walks, and 14 runs. Tyler Harrell lead the Eagles at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with a single and a double.