CALERA — The Calera Bulldogs claimed a 4-3 victory over the Silo Rebels in their season opener Tuesday afternoon.
Silo suffered its second loss in as many games by a one-point margin, falling 3-2 to the Colbert Leopards Monday.
On Tuesday, Silo’s Jake Hamilton drew a walk, Jarris Hamilton hit a single to left-center and Bubba Rogers was hit by a pitch in the opening frame. But the team didn’t take advantage and left bases loaded.
Calera made a little something happen in the bottom of the frame to take an early 1-0. Josh Loper led off with a walk and stole second. He advanced to third on Derek Cheek’s ground out before Shaun Harper dropped an RBI double in left-center. Harper and Michael Trammel, who drew a walk, were left stranded.
Silo answered in the top of the second. Trenton Long drew a walk to get things started. Lucas Long followed with a double to left-center and Dally Cheek walked to load the bases. Then, when Andrew Bolin’s high fly ball fell from the second baseman’s glove with two outs, Trenton Long was crossing home plate.
Jake Hamilton loaded the bases again with another walk. But Jarris Hamilton grounded out to first to end the threat and leave it knotted at 1-all.
The fourth inning was the big offensive one for the Bulldogs. Designated hitter Brayden Lagley drew a walk to lead it off, followed by a Dakota Jackson single that got through to left-center (obviously the go-to spot on the day).
Lagley got picked off at second and Chase Hamilton went down on K’s for two outs.
Then, Loper got himself a single to keep it going and Cheek walked to fill the bases. Silo switched out Trenton Long on the mound for Bolin, but Rylee Barton also drew a walk for the easy RBI.
Harper followed with a hard-hit single to right field that knocked in another run, and Trammel got one through the infield for an RBI single to give Calera the 4-1 advantage after four innings.
Silo didn’t wait to respond. Roberts reached on some pinball action, smacking one back to pitcher Harper that ricocheted for third baseman Chase Hamilton to chase down. After Tanner Clark was hit by a pitch, Trenton Long hit a bloop to center for an RBI single and claimed an extra base on the throw home.
Lucas Long then put up a sacrifice fly to left that scored Clark’s courtesy runner and put the Rebels within one. Jacob Savage was hit by a pitch and Karson Rogers (at bat in the nine hole for Cheek) took a walk to load the bases.
Leadoff Bolin went down on strikes for the second out of the frame. While Jake Hamilton was taking his turn at the plate, a passed ball looked like a prime opportunity for Trenton Long to score the tying run. But Harper came from the mound in time to lay down a tag on a throw from Barton that preserved the lead.
Calera sent only four batters to the plate in each the sixth and seventh inning.
Although Bubba Roberts routed a double to left-center for the Rebels in the top of the sixth, Silo managed only four batters in that frame and went three-an-out in the top of the seventh.
Trenton Long started on the mound for Silo, throwing three and two-thirds innings. He struck out six, walked seven and allowed three hits.
In one-third inning, Bolin struck out one, walked two and allowed three hits. Hunter Jackson came on to start the fifth, striking out two, walking one, hitting one batter and allowing one hit through two innings of work.
Loper got the start for Calera. In two and two-thirds innings, he struck out two, walked six, hit one batter and allowed two hits. Harper closed, striking out three, walking one, hitting two at the plate and allowing three hits.
Calera will host Boswell Thursday, getting underway at 4 p.m.
Silo’s next action is Friday, when the Rebels will welcome Fort Towson. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
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