Sipsey Valley sweeps Brookwood
Sat. March 09, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Sipsey Valley’s Nate Harcrow (21) slides safely back to first base before Brookwood’s Kewayne McCray (21) gets the ball during the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Sipsey Valley. The Bears won the first game, 10-0, and the second game, 14-4. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter)
BUHL | Sipsey Valley starting pitchers Collin Jolly and Christian Callahan pitched complete games Friday, and both accounted for the winning runs with their bats as the Bears swept Brookwood in a couple of five-inning games.
In the opener, Jolly’s two-run single capped a five-run fifth inning, and the Bears won 10-0. Callahan’s infield grounder allowed Landen Davis to score from third in a 14-4 victory.
Jolly (2-1) allowed three hits and struck out nine.
"It was just great," Jolly said. "I just threw a lot of strikes. I had a slider I threw for strikes consistently, and it helped out a lot."
In the fifth, Davis and John Caleb Bigham walked, and Davis scored when Brady Holcomb reached on an error. Callahan grounded out to drive in a run. Nate Harcrow had an RBI single. After Justin Thomas and Palmer Cabaniss walked to load the bases, Jolly ended it with his two-run single.
"It saved me another inning on the mound," Jolly said.
Sipsey Valley got three runs in the first. Cabaniss scored on Bigham’s sacrifice fly, and two other runs scored on errors. Davis singled in two runs in the second.
Callahan (1-0) allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six.
Sipsey Valley (7-5) finished off the second game with three runs in the fifth. Sam Lee picked up an RBI with an infield single, and Jolly scored on an error before Davis scored the deciding run.
In the first, the Bears got four runs, three on errors and one on a single by Blake Gray. The Bears added five runs in the third. Callahan singled in a run, Gray walked with the bases loaded and Cabaniss had a sacrifice fly. Two runs scored on errors.
In the fourth, Harcrow doubled in a run. Thomas scored on a wild pitch.
"Collin’s been doing it for three years for us, and Christian did a wonderful job for us," Sipsey Valley coach P.J. Guy said. "We ask them to throw the ball across the plate and give us a chance to play defense. We took advantage of their defense a little bit and put the ball in play. That’s what we ask our hitters to do – put the ball in play and make them play defense. Not all the time, but a lot of the time good things will happen if you do that."
Brookwood (1-7) got four runs in the fourth inning. Tyler Hoggle singled in a run, Ian McKee walked with the bases loaded and Scott Arrington singled in two runs.
Dalton Hodo (0-1) took the loss in the opener. He allowed five hits and six walks and struck out two. Hoggle (0-1) pitched three innings in the second game. He allowed five hits and a walk and struck out two.
"It certainly wasn’t the fault of the pitching," Brookwood coach Jeff Bell said. "We did what we coach them to do, which is throw strikes early in the count. We try to get them to force ground balls so we can make plays. We’ve played pretty good defense until tonight. By far, the most frustrating part is we didn’t take care of the ball."
Brookwood plays at Northridge in a doubleheader starting at 11 this morning. Sipsey Valley plays at Bibb County High School in Centreville today, facing American Christian Academy at 3 and Fayette County at 5:30.
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