CALERA – If you like offense and plenty of runs, Calera was the place to be on Thursday for an early season baseball showdown between Bryan County rivals Silo and Calera, each of which reached the state tournament last spring.
The end result was a wild 19-11 Silo victory as the Rebels improved to 2-0 on the season while Calera dips to 1-2.
“It’s all about evaluation at this point,” Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen commented. “We’ve got some new guys in different places and we’re trying to see where they all fit. We’re going to be good defensively, but we sure weren’t great at times today.
“We just have to keep getting better like we did throughout last year.”
While the defense and pitching may have shown some lapses early in the season, the Rebel offense looked much like it did in the state finals last May – kicking on all cylinders.
Silo pounded out 14 hits in the contest and took full advantage of 11 free passes issued by Calera pitchers.
The Rebels wasted little time pouncing on the hosts, pushing across five runs before fans had settled into their seats in the opening stanza.
Joyal Savage got the hitting barrage started with a single before Kash Walls plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Trevor Dailey added a run-scoring single, Dylan Turner chipped in a RBI double and Jacob Lawless also had a hit in the early flurry.
Picking up right where they left off in the second stanza, Silo cashed in four free passes for four runs with the squad’s lone hit of the frame coming via a ringing two-run double by Lawless.
Starting hurler Carson Atwood looked sharp in the opening frame but ran into control problems in his second and final inning before working out of a bases loaded jam.
Silo tacked on one more run for a 10-0 lead in the top of the third after hits from Atwood and Savage before a Walls RBI groundout and looked to be threatening a run rule.
Calera had other ideas however as the Bulldogs notched two runs in the third as Brayden Langley singled and Zach Maynard doubled.
James Vazquez came on in relief for the Bulldogs and silenced the Silo bats at least temporarily, allowing Calera to trim the margin to 10-6 with a four-run fourth. T’jun Gibson got the rally started with a single and Landon Robinson reached on an error ahead of a RBI single by Tristin Corbin and towering three-run homer by Langley over the centerfield wall.
The Rebels found their offense in the sixth, erupting for seven more runs to once again threaten the run rule. Lawless chipped in a two-run double and Dainjer Robinson had a two-run single to key the charge, which included singles from Korben Ford and Atwood along with a Dailey double as they sent 11 hitters to the plate.
Calera refused to go quietly as the Bulldogs put together a strong rally of their own by stringing together six hits. Robinson, Vazquez, Corbin, Maynard, Rylan Neal and Gibson all had singles as they cut the deficit to 17-10 after six stanzas.
Silo countered with two in the seventh, ignited again by Lawless, who smacked a leadoff triple. Ford also had a double and scored a run that made it a nine-run bulge. Calera was only able to answer with one run in the bottom of the frame following a Vazquez single.
Lawless wrapped up with a game-high four hits to top Silo with Ford, Atwood and Dailey all contributing two each. Maynard and Gibson notched three hits apiece for Calera while Vazquez and Langley each added two.
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