MUNFORD -- Lincoln High School’s baseball team opened the 2018 Talladega County Big School Tournament with a 14-2 rout of Talladega at Buddy Stephens Field on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears built an 8-1 lead in the first inning when the Tigers got off to a rough start that included walking Lincoln’s first five batters -- Conner Thomas, Caleb Jewell, Garrett Vick, Shawn Hoffman and Jack Wood.
“We wanted to start fast against this bunch, try to put up some numbers early and get into their pitching staff a little bit,” Lincoln head coach Jeff Lumpkin said. “Our kids responded and had good approaches to the plate. They were very patient, swung at good pitches, and if it wasn’t very good, the next look, they were taking it and did a great job there.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with the guys. Our goal was to come out and win the first one. That gets us Munford in the next round.”
Up next for Lincoln will be a showdown with Munford on Thursday. Game time has yet to be determined.
Talladega third baseman Jerrius Curry gave the Tigers a run after the Golden Bears failed to wrangle an infield fly ball to make the score 8-2.
Lincoln added three runs apiece in the bottom of the third and the fourth to build an insurmountable lead.
Golden Bears pitcher Josh Jackson pitched the first four frames, while Jarrod McBurnett closed out the final inning.
“With a lead, we want to attack the strike zone,” Lumpkin said. “I thought our guys did a good job of that. Josh, our starter, probably didn’t have his best stuff, but it was good, solid work for him. McBurnett came in to close it, and once he got command of the strike zone, I thought he was fine. He did everything we asked of him.”
WINTERBORO 13, LOACHAPOKA 3
At Alpine, Winterboro pitcher Luke Wheeler picked up his second win of the season. He gave up five hits while striking out 14 and went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Jackson Newsome provided the biggest bite for the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Shaun Vincent ended his day with a .500 batting average.
The Bulldogs will play Fayetteville tonight at 7 in the Talladega County Small School Tournament.
PELL CITY 10, ALEXANDRIA 6
At Pell City, the Panthers scored three runs in the first, second and fourth innings.
Drew Wilson led the way for the Panthers at the plate and on the mound. Wilson recorded three hits and four RBIs. On the mound, he struck out seven in six innings.
Noah Hathorne went 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Tyler Dowdy went 2-for-3 with a two RBIs.
The Panthers (4-1) return to action Thursday at Pinson Valley.
FAYETTEVILLE 10, B.B.COMER 9
At Rockford, Kolter Usrey recorded a two-out, two-run single to lift the Wolves past the Tigers in the Talladega County 1A-3A tournament at Central Coosa High School.
With the win, Fayetteville, which overcame a seven-run deficit, improved to 2-0 in the tournament.
The Tigers jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first, but the Wolves slowly chipped away.
Fayetteville scored four runs in the second to cut the lead to 8-5 on a grand slam by Jon Dalton Pate. The Wolves pulled to within 8-7, but in the sixth, Comer added a run to increase the margin to 9-7.
Fayetteville scored all three of its runs in the seventh with two out.
Casen Bryant went 2-for-4 with three runs and a walk. Colton Pate went 4-for-4 with three runs. Pate also earned the win.
John Dalton Pate went 3-for-4 with five RBIs.
The Wolves will take on Winterboro tonight at 7.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was edited 2-28-18 to correct the spelling of Jack Wood's name.