No. 2 CACC wins behind HicksPublished 3:16pm Thursday, April 19, 2012
Troy University signee Tanner Hicks led the Central Alabama Community College baseball team from the mound yesterday afternoon, throwing a complete game for a 5-1 win over Chattahoochee Valley.
Hicks, threw all nine innings for CACC (35-7) on the way to nine strikeouts and three walks while only allowing five hits.
Both teams started off slow offensively through the first three innings, before Central Alabama got a single from Chase Handley and Stepehen Eldridge drove him in the very next at bat with a double.
Eldridge then scored off of a Bo Edwards RBI double the next at bat for a 2-0 lead.
Chattahoochee Valley added one run in the top of the fifth innings off of a CACC defensive error, but that would be it for the Pirates.
Hicks held on to the lead through the final innings while Central Alabama took some pressure off with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Eldridge started the inning off with a double and then scored off of an RBI single from designated hitter Joey Lewis.
After a sacrifice bunt from Daniel Gaither to move Lewis into scoring position, Ben Hall drove in Lewis with a single down the right field line.
Shortstop Garrett Pitts kept the rally going one at bat later with a single that drove in lead off hitter Todd Thompson after he was intentionally walked.
Hicks then shut the door in the top of the ninth inning and the No. 2 Trojans rolled to another victory.
“I saw earlier on that Tanner had his fast ball working great,” CACC head coach Wynn Fletcher said.
“Then I saw that his off speed stuff was working and I knew that we weren’t going to have to do much offensively to get a win.”
The win is the 35th of the season for Central Alabama, who has the team goal of reaching 40 wins before heading into the state tournament in a few weeks.
“It would be nice to have that going for us as we go into the state tournament and really give us some confidence,” Fletcher added.
“We’ve been able to do some great things this year and I want it to keep rolling into the stat tournament.”
Central Alabama will be at Marion Military Institute today to try and get win No. 38 on the 2012 season.