CALERA — The Durant Lions claimed two wins Thursday at the Southeast Summer Festival in Calera, defeating Caney 10-0 and Coleman 8-4.
The hosting Calera Bulldogs tried to make a late rally against the Tushka Tigers in the noon game but fell 9-7.
Tushka 9, Calera 7
Tushka took an early 2-0 lead.
Calera cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the third. Brayden Langley and Jesse Collett got back-to-back singles, an attempt by the catcher to get Collett still leading off third was missed and allowed Langley to get all the way home from second.
The Tigers put together a six-run fifth to extend the advantage to 8-1.
Thanks to three consecutive walks in the bottom of the sixth — the first of which loaded the bases — Calera put up two runs with the easy RBIs.
Tushka added another run on a sacrifice fly to center to make it 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.
With two outs and bases loaded on two walks and a Michael Trammel single, Calera catcher and three-hole Rylee Barton sent a grand slam over the left-field fence.
Durant 10, Caney 0
The Lions’ first points came with a four-run second inning. Spencer Tidwell started it off with a single he needed his speed to get. He scored on a Tyler Stovall single. After an error allowed the second score, lead-off Matthew Knox landed a two-RBI double in right field.
Durant added two more in the third. Riley Hendrix hit a single to shallow left to load the bases to set up Brody Morgan to knock in a run on a fielder’s choice. On that play, the Cougars attempted to turn the double play and a miss at first let another score cross the plate.
The Lions also put up a pair in the fourth on a passed ball and another fielding error. Knox got another single in the inning.
Durant did a little more work for its last two runs in the fifth and final frame. Morgan hit an RBI double to deep left field, and Knox dropped an RBI single in shallow center.
Durant 8, Coleman 4
The Coleman Wildcats took the first turn at the plate and got a single to shallow right from lead-off Tristen Sharp. With bases loaded, Kendall Foster earned an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Lions answered with three runs in the bottom of the opener. Lead-off Matthew Knox got one down in centerfield for a single and Spencer Tidwell followed with a successful bunt. That set up Dakota Finley for a two-run double, but he didn’t stop there. Finley took an extra base on the throw home, and as he rounded third, the catcher’s throw to the baseman went on into the outfield and Finley scored himself.
Coleman tied it at 3 in the top of the third. After Travis Laudermilk hit a single to center, a few fielding miscues on a contact by Cooper Stephens allowed a run to score. Then, six-hole Mason Harrell knocked in the tying run on a ground out to the pitcher.
Durant regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Following a Brandon Robinson walk and Brody Morgan single, Cody Jones crushed a two-run triple to make it 5-3 in favor of the Lions.
The Wildcats came away with a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Stephens to cut it back to a one-point deficit.
But the Lions notched two more scores in the bottom of the frame. Tidwell legged out a throw from third to start it off with a single. With one out, Riley Hendrix hit one too hard for the second baseman to handle and loaded the bases. Tyler Stovall followed with an RBI single, and Robinson stepped up after that to push across the other run.
Morgan kicked off the bottom of the sixth for Durant with a single up the middle. A strikeout later, Jones put down a bunt for a single. The Lions’ last score came with two outs when Coleman tried to catch a runner at second and missed and the backup couldn’t pick it up on the first pass.
The Wildcats went three-and-out in their last turn at bat.
The festival will continue today, starting with Durant versus Tushka at 10 a.m.
Coleman and Tushka are scheduled to face off at noon, Durant and Calera at 2 p.m., Bennington and Coleman at 4, and Calera and Bennington at 6. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students.
All games will be seven innings unless agreed upon by both coaches to play only 5 innings. There’s a two-hour time limit on all games unless tied. If games finish early, the next game can start ahead of schedule. The run rule will be 12 after three, 10 after four, and eight after five.
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