SILO – It should come as no surprise to most that the Silo Rebels are headed back to the Class A fall baseball state tournament for the sixth straight year. The eye catching part is likely the dominance they showed in process.
Class A’s second-ranked squad dismantled Rock Creek, 18-0, in Thursday afternoon’s regional opener and then pounded Tushka and ace pitcher Cole Broughton in the championship on the way to a 15-3 romp to advance.
Earlier in the day Tushka stopped Calera, 10-2, before Calera rebounded in the nightcap to stay alive with a 7-0 blanking of Rock Creek.
Tushka and Calera will meet at 4 p.m. today to decide the regional’s second representative at next week’s state tournament.
Silo 18, Rock Creek 0
The Rebels scored early and often on the way to a five-inning romp in the tournament opener behind the pitching of Trevor Dailey, who went the distance allowing just two hits with six strikeouts. Rock Creek never had a runner past second base.
Carson Atwood had a RBI double and Kash Walls added a two-run homer in the first inning as Silo built a 5-0 lead and never looked back.
They added two more in the second on hits from Atwood and Walls and pair also did the same during a seven-run explosion in the third as Joyal Savage, Dailey, Austin Thomas, Dainjer Robinson and Parker Holland also got in on the hitting barrage.
Silo put it away with four tallies in the fourth as Atwood and Walls wrapped up with four hits apiece.
Tushka 10, Calera 2
An early run put Tushka on top and the Tigers put it out of reach with four more in the third, taking advantage of a pair of Calera errors.
Darin Brown and Broughton each had three hits for Tushka.
Calera picked up both its runs in the fifth, cashing in four hit batsmen along with a Tyler Shupert single.
The Bulldogs only other hit was a single from James Vazquez.
Silo 15, Tushka 3
The pitching of junior lefty Dylan Turner was the story, especially early as he outdueled Broughton through most of the contest, not allowing a Tushka hit until a Broughton solo home run in the fourth inning.
By that point the Rebels had built a 3-0 lead as leadoff sparkplug Korben Ford reached base and scored twice in the opening two stanzas.
Silo got the run back immediately as Holland singled, stole second and scored on a Ford base hit.
The Rebels put it completely out of reach one frame later as they sent 10 batters to the plate on the way to six runs and commanding 10-1 advantage.
Turner and Holland got hits to start things before a massive three RBI double off the bat of Walls proved to be the biggest blow.
Silo tallied five more runs to end it early in the sixth as Atwood’s three-run homer put the finishing touches on the victory.
“We have hit the ball extremely well lately,” Silo head coach Billy Jack Bowen commented. “We’ve got good hitters. They are mostly young and continue getting better every day. We beat a really good pitcher today. He is extremely tough but every time he gave us a chance today we were able to get something done. We just kept getting guys on base and were able to keep the pressure on.
“Dylan threw it really well again. He and Atwood have been the guys we have relied on all fall. He lost a little focus late but you have to give Tushka credit. They are very tough and we were fortunate they didn’t put it together more times than that.”
Calera 7, Rock Creek 0
Sophomore lefty Dillon Bumgarner continued his mastery against Rock Creek with a seven-inning gem to keep Calera alive.
The Mustangs managed eight hits in the contest but could not get the key hit with runners in scoring position, striking out 12 times in the contest.
Calera plated a pair of runs in the first, cashing in singles by Vazquez and Rylan Neal along with a walk and Rock Creek error.
T’jun Gibson had a hit and scored in the third to push the Bulldog lead to 3-0 before reliever Christian McGowen shut things down for Rock Creek.
McGowen struck out nine over the following four innings but walks in the seventh proved costly as Calera got things going and picked up hits from Gibson, Neal, Tristen Corbin and Shupert to put it away with four runs.