Bulldogs blast Caney to start new win streak
by By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
CANEY – Caleb Phillips of the Calera Bulldogs was in hot water with the coach last week over his base-running.
He may have made up for some of that with his bat on Friday.
Phillips had a six-RBI afternoon including a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh to help the Bulldogs claw past the Cougars 10-7.
The hard-hitting Bulldog first baseman went 3-for-5 on Friday, including a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the sixth inning.
This battle of two top-ten baseball teams tilted back and forth until Phillips’ base-clearing decider in the final inning. Connor Hamilton got another win on the mound, going the distance and striking out two of Caney’s final three hitters.
The Cougars held a 3-0 lead after two innings as Shane Tisdale, Garret Green and Dillon Vest all got hits off Hamilton in a two-out first-inning rally. Then Phillips started the comeback for the Dawgs with an RBI single to score Michael Trammell (who reached base with a double).
The Cougar lead was trimmed to 3-2 in the fourth when Braxton Barton singled and came home on Jesse Collett’s double. Collett tried to stretch it to three bases but was thrown out.
In the fifth, Caney starter Cameron Carpenter was pulled after issuing free passes to Calera’s Rylee Barton and Phillips. Reliever Shane Tisdale hit Braxton Barton to load the bases, then a balk call scored Bulldog pinch-runner Aaron Markham to tie the game.
Shawn Harper gave Calera their first lead on a double which scored Phillips and Braxton Barton for the 5-3 advantage. Dillian Eagleberger got one run back for Caney on a base hit, eventually scoring on an error.
After Phillips’ sixth-inning home bumped up the lead to 7-4 for Calera, the Cougars got three straight two-out hits from Eagleberger, Shane Tisdale and Green to tie the game at seven each.
In the Bulldog seventh, Harper led off with a single but was thrown out on Michael Trammell’s bunt. Hamilton doubled off the wall, then Josh Loper drew a walk to load the bases. Rylee Barton fell victim to the infield fly rule for the second out.
That’s when Phillips unloaded to clear the bases, giving Calera a 10-7 lead. After a walk and two K’s for Hamilton against Caney hitters in the bottom of the seventh, catcher Rylee Barton rocketed a throw to Phillips to pick off the Cougar runner for the win.
Center fielder Dakota Hodge deserves mention for making several text book catches of Caney’s well-hit line drives.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs took a four-inning 13-2 win over Wright City after a 7-4 loss to Roff. Shawn Harper, Dakota Hodge and Collett all had doubles in the game, and Collett got the win on the mound allowing just two hits.
The victories improved Calera (No. 10 in Class A) to 13-3 ahead of this week’s home stand. Coach Rickey Teafatiller and the Bulldogs will host Boswell (No. 10 in Class B) at 4 p.m. Monday. They will also host a tournament to include Bennington and Coleman starting Thursday through Saturday.
Caney (No. 8 in Class B) falls to 12-6 with the Friday loss. They will host Kiowa and Buffalo Valley on Monday and visit rival Stringtown on Tuesday. The Cougars are scheduled to participate in the Silo Tournament starting next Thursday.
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