Trojans advance to ACCC semifinalsPublished 11:02am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Central Alabama baseball team continues its run toward a possible Alabama Community College Conference crown with a 9-2 triumph over Shelton State.
With its win over one of the double-elimination style tournament’s No. 1 seeds, CACC is one win away from clinching a spot in the ACCC championship game.
Despite a comfortable margin of victory, the game started anything but for Central Alabama, which put Paul Young on the mound.
“The first four pitches he threw went off the wall,” said CACC head baseball coach Wynn Fletcher. “It was pretty interesting for a while, but Paul was eventually able to settle down and he threw a gem.”
Young went the distance for CACC (36-13), garnering the victory.
In addition, Young was able to help his own cause, delivering multiple hits for the Trojans at the designated hitter spot.
Alex Lee and Darius Reese also collected multi-hit games. Reese also stole multiple bases.
“A lot of our guys had a big night,” Fletcher said. “We played extremely hard and with a lot of energy. The defense didn’t make any mistakes. It got a little touchy in a couple innings but Paul was able to work himself out of those jams.”
Standing between CACC and an ACCC tournament final berth is the ACCC Central No. 1 seed Southern Union Community College.
The Trojans have not fared well against the Bison this season, with five of their 13 losses on the year coming at the hands of Southern Union.
Even with a less-than-stellar track record against their next opponent, Fletcher said the team is very confident in its chances to beat Southern Union and is not intimidated by the Bison’s distinction as a No. 1 seed.
“We don’t read too much into it,” he said. “At this time of year, each team is pretty good, and the winner will be the team that plays better. Southern Union is a good team, but so are we. If we play like we have in the past couple games, we’ll be alright. If we don’t, then we’ll be in a fight to clinch that second spot.”