CALERA — The two-day Summer Baseball Festival wrapped up Friday. The Durant Lions came away with a split. The Lions played Tushka in the first game of the day and won 3-1. Later in the afternoon, the Lions faced off against Calera and the Bulldogs topped Durant, 9-1.
Calera jumped on the Lions quickly in the first two innings and led 4-0.
The Bulldogs scratched out another run in the bottom of the third inning. Michael Trammel got on base with a infield single and Josh Loper smashed a double into the outfield. Then Chase Hamilton hit a pop-up that was dropped and Trammel went home for the score and Calera led, 5-0.
The score stayed the same until Durant got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. The Lions were faced with two outs when Spencer Tidwell drew a walk, then he stole second and third bases. Brody Morgan also drew a walk and the Lions had runners at the corners. Cody Jones stepped up to the plate and hammered a RBI double into the outfield to score Tidwell and cut into Calera’s lead 5-1.
That would be Durant’s last run of the game, but Calera put up four more.
Calera’s offense belted out three of those in the bottom of fifth. The inning began with a infield single by Hunter Goodwyn. Loper followed up with a single and Hamilton hit a single to load the bases. Clean-up hitter Rylee Barton did his job and smashed a hard liner to the left-center wall for a two-RBI double. Then Brayden Langley hit a sac-fly for a RBI and 8-1 Calera lead.
Durant couldn’t answer, going three-up, three-down in the top of the sixth inning.
Calera scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the game. Trammel and Loper both got on base with singles, then Hamilton hit a screamer into the outfield for a RBI that prompted the umpire to call the game.