LINCOLN, Ala. – The Childersburg Tiger baseball team started the season at Lincoln and took one on the chin, 8-3. A few short weeks later after having light problems at Garland Justice Field, the Tigers made that trip back up Hwy 77 and grabbed vengeance against the Golden Bears.
Coach Taylor Craven’s Cats started early on Wednesday afternoon and never let up.
They scored in five of the seven innings, running away with a 9-1 victory over the Lincoln Golden Bears.
To tell you how well the Tigers hit at the dish, eight of nine starters scored at least one run. The only exception to that was the leadoff man, Payton Tanner, who went 3 for 5 at the plate with two long flyouts. Five Tigers belted two hits a piece, and all nine hitters had at least one clean base hit.
Tyler Pope went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Lane Dennis and Jordan Mann were both 3 for 5.
As impressive as the Cats were pounding the baseball, the pitching they registered was equally impressive.
Senior Trent Twymon took the hill to start the game and gave Coach Craven five strong innings. In his longest outing of the year after coming over from basketball, Trent went five complete innings, giving up one unearned run on only three hits, walking two, and striking out seven Lincoln batters.
Jordan Mann pitched a scoreless sixth inning and freshman Tyler Pope came in to close it out in the seventh. Tyler started the inning by loading the bases, and then struck out the three through five hitters in a row to end the game.
Coach Craven said, “I can’t say enough about our pitching staff. They were very impressive. This was a big win for us and a complete team win. Our bats are really starting to come alive and the bottom part of our order is still showing out. The crowd we had here tonight was fabulous. We really needed this win after they beat us pretty good in the season opener.”
The Tigers are now 5-4 on the year, and still yet to play a home game. They will be on the road again – imagine that – on Friday they will make that short drive down Hwy 280 to take on their rival, the Sylacauga Aggies.
Of course, there is a 90-100 percent chance of rain, so we will just have to wait and see if the Tigers and Aggies are able to meet on the diamond tomorrow night.