Silo wins Invitational Tourney in style
by By Jacob Hartin Sports Writer
SILO – The Silo Rebels captured the Silo Invitational Tournament crown with a 7-0 victory over the Tushka Tigers on Saturday. The win caps off an impressive weekend of baseball for the Rebels, who defeated all three opponents (Tupelo, Colbert, and Tushka) by a combined score of 31-0.
“We just played well all weekend and it was a great tournament for us,” said Silo coach Billy Jack Bowen after the championship game.
Forrest Ludrick was the winning pitcher for the Rebels on Saturday and finished with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Andrew Bolin pitched one inning and finished the game for Silo. “Forrest and Andrew have both been throwing the ball well and they did a great job for us today,” said Bowen.
Connor Sutton got the start on the mound for the Tigers and pitched into the sixth inning before Taylor Mobbs came on in relief. The championship game had all the makings of a pitcher’s duel after the first two frames.
Both pitchers came out strong and Sutton had his breaking ball dancing against the first several Silo hitters he faced. “I thought Sutton was able to hit his spots early and did a good job of changing speeds,” said Tushka coach Eddie Jeffcoat.
The Rebels struck the first blow in the bottom of the third with an RBI single from Lance House that scored Bolin from second base.
House was followed by Leonard Sandler who smacked a two-run homer over the wall in left field to make it 3-0. The Rebels scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings with RBI hits from Bolin, Kendall Schives, and Tanner Hearon.
With a 7-0 Silo lead, Tushka shortstop Jody Moreland led off the top half of the sixth with a single. Bolin entered the game for Ludrick and forced a 5-4-3 double play to quickly end the threat.
Bolin and House led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles to set the table for Sandler. After a Tushka pitching change, Sandler delivered with a hard grounder through the left side of the infield to score Bolin and end the game.
“We hit the ball well today and when you do that, it gives you a good chance to win,” said Bowen. House and Bolin both finished the game with two singles and two RBI. Sandler had three hits including the home run and knocked in three runs. Schives and Hearon had one RBI apiece. Tanner Clarke and Trenton Long also chipped in with a bunt single and a double, respectively.
Moreland, Jaeson Nutt, Trevar Lytle, and Connor Brinkley each finished with a single for the Tigers. Despite the loss, the Tigers will be able to carry some momentum into their next regular season contest after a 4-2 second-round victory over Red Oak. The Tigers will host the Colbert Leopards on Monday.
The Rebels will resume play on Monday with two games against Coleman and Asher at Coleman.
Friday Round Up
SILO – The Silo Invitational resumed on Friday with four second round games on the bill. The Stonewall Longhorns defeated Soper in the first game to advance to the consolation final. The Caney Cougars followed with a dominating 14-2 victory over the Tupelo Tigers in four innings. Silo – 13 Colbert – 0 After an 11-0 victory over Tupelo in the first round on Thursday, the Rebels didn’t miss a beat on Friday with a win over Colbert to advance to the tournament finals. Silo scored eleven of their thirteen runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the third to end the game after four innings.
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