Trojans’ year ends in ACCC tourneyPublished 11:22am Tuesday, May 13, 2014
There will be a new National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national baseball champion crowned in 2014.
The Central Alabama Trojans’ campaign, marred by inconsistency, has come to an end following their outing at the Alabama Community College Conference tournament in Ozark.
The Trojans (26-25) began their ill-fated defense of the ACCC crown versus Snead State.
With ace John Michael Knighton on the mound, the Trojans weren’t able to muster much in the way of run support, as Snead State starter Reed Bright limited CACC to three hits over 6.2 innings pitched.
He struck out eight, and the only run the Trojans scored was unearned.
Kyler Deese was responsible for the RBI, as he scored Ryan Smith in the third inning to give the Trojans a lead.
Snead State scored four unanswered runs (three in the fifth inning) to erase the deficit and claim victory. Central Alabama left 13 runners on base in the loss.
Knighton allowed six hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out seven in his eight innings of work.
In sudden death mode from that point on, CACC downed Wallace-Dothan 4-1 to stave off an early exit for one more game.
Deese and Jack Folmar each collected a RBI apiece in the game. Will Davis picked up two RBIs in the contest. Deese, Jalin Lawson and Alex Lee each had two hits and a run scored.
The ride ended for the Trojans in decisive fashion, as they were way-layed by Southern Union 10-0 to bring a bitter end to their season.
The Bison blew the game open in the fourth inning.
Leading 1-0, Southern Union tacked on six runs in the frame to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
The Bison scored twice more in the fifth inning, and one more run in the sixth and final inning.
Similar to the loss versus Snead State, the Trojans were unable to produce at the plate, particularly with runners on base.
Central Alabama stranded eight runners, and only mustered four hits against Southern Union, with Davis accounting for two hits, and Lawson and Folmar picking up one hit each.