ACA’s Moore shuts down Fayette County in Area 7 win


ACA’s Caleb Squires slides home to score before Fayette County catcher Will Byars can take the throw from the field. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter )


TUSCALOOSA | Senior right-hander Addison Moore threw a two-hitter and recorded 11 strikeouts Tuesday as American Christian Academy defeated Fayette County 3-0 in a Class 3A, Area 7 baseball game.

Moore (2-2) walked one and allowed two hits, both in the fifth inning.

"I felt like I was throwing everything pretty well," said Moore, who relied on his fastball, changeup and curveball. "It just felt like a good day today. Props to the defense today because they did a great job behind me."

In the fifth, Marcellus Redmond led off with a single, and Coleman McWaters bunted for a single. Moore struck out the next two batters. First baseman Tyler House fielded a grounder and flipped the ball to Moore, who covered the bag for the third out.

"That was the Addison Moore we’ve been waiting for all year," said ACA coach Eric DuBose, a former Mississippi State and major-league pitcher. "He would just continually come out there and pound strike one and go to work. When he did get in trouble in that one inning, he really came back and just worked hard and didn’t get out of his zone."

Fayette County junior right-hander Ray Beede (3-1) pitched a complete game in taking the loss. He allowed seven hits and six walks and struck out one.

"We’re not a great baseball team" DuBose said. "We don’t have the great player that can just say, ‘Guys, here I am. Get on my back.’ We’ve got to come out here and execute the small ball and scrap around. When the opportunity comes up, execute on it with the bunting and the hit-and-run and stealing bases. With Addison on the mound, that’s what we have to do."

ACA’s Caleb Squires singled in the third and went to second on Dalton Reach’s sacrifice bunt. Mitchell Mueller followed with an infield single, and Landan Sartain walked. Squires scored when House hit into a fielder’s choice.

The Patriots (8-10, 1-0) added two runs in the fifth. Squires reached on an error and took third on Reach’s single. Sartain singled to drive in Squires. Reach scored when Beede was called for a balk.

"We didn’t hit the baseball," Fayette County coach Jim Burkhalter said. "We didn’t compete at the plate. I thought we would do a better job with that, but a lot of that’s got to do with their pitcher. He mixed up three pitches, and he shut us down.

"I thought my pitcher threw a gem of a ballgame. He worked out of two jams. We turned two double plays and played great defense. You’ve just got to hit the ball better than we did."

ACA plays at Fayette County (10-6, 0-1) in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.