CACC ousts Alabama So.Published 10:32am Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Central Alabama’s baseball team is off and running in the Alabama Community College Conference tournament, and if the opening game was any indication, the Trojans’ bats are along for the ride.
CACC advanced to the winners’ bracket by outlasting Alabama Southern in a 12-8 opening round slugfest.
John Michael Knighton earned the victory for Central Alabama, despite not having his A-game.
“We jumped out to a lead pretty quick,” said CACC baseball coach Wynn Fletcher. “(Knighton) didn’t have his best stuff, but it was enough to nail it down. We hung in there and pulled out the win.”
While Knighton wasn’t his sharpest, the Trojan offense proved to be quite dangerous to Alabama Southern’s pitching.
Leading the offensive charge for CACC was Ben Hall, who had a multi-hit game, the biggest of which was a two-run shot that helped the Trojans build their lead.
“We swung the bat well,” Fletcher said. “Hopefully Ben can continue to stay hot during these playoffs.”
Alex Lee, Paul Young and Darius Reese also had multiple hits at the plate.
“I thought that Alabama Southern played the best game that they had played all year,” Fletcher said. “We have to expect that. When it comes to tournament time, all the records are thrown out of the window.”
Next for CACC as they attempted to advance to the next round was a game against top-seeded Shelton State last night.
For a recap of the Trojans’ ACCC tournament game against Shelton State, check Wednesday’s edition of The Outlook.