Atmore in semis
By By Chandler Myers
Atmore’s 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars capped off a strong weekend with a 7-1 victory over Tillmans Corner Blue Sunday at the Cal Ripken District Tournament in Theodore.
The Atmore All-Stars put together a solid performance offensively and defensively as they allowed one run in the first inning and held them scoreless the rest of the game.
Trey McGhee started on the mound for Atmore and pitched a complete game giving up no earned runs as the only run for Tillmans Corner scored on an error. McGhee sent eight Tillmans Corner players down on strikes.
TC Blue struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning as Eubanks reached base and scored on an error by the left fielder for Atmore.
From that point on the rest of the game saw Atmore in control as they tied the game in the second inning with Nate Smith belting a home run.
After McGhee and the Atmore defense held TC Blue to three up and three down in the bottom of the second, Atmore added four more runs to take a 5-1 lead. Tristan Montgomery started the scoring bonanza belting a solo shot over the center field fence.
Two batters later with Tanner Smith on first base, Nate Smith again stepped up to the plate and ripped his second home run of the game to put Atmore on top 4-1. Dalton Simmons then reached base on an error and crossed the plate on a passed ball by the catcher.
In the top of the sixth, Atmore put the game away even more as Simmons and Jon Jon Griffis both scored runs to help move Atmore into the semifinals of the Cal Ripken District Tournament.
Atmore’s Tristan McAnally held the host Theodore All-Stars to three runs as the Atmore 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars cruised to an 9-3 win in their second game of the Cal Ripken District Tournament in Theodore on Saturday.
McAnally pitched a complete game of six innings giving up three runs, while allowing two hits and striking out seven batters.
Theodore jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning as P. Harris reached base on a walk and was advanced by C. Flores’ single. They were both scored on N. Walker’s three-run home run.
In the bottom of the first, McAnally made it on base by ripping a single, and scored on a single by Tristan Montgomery to pull Atmore within two runs.
Atmore’s offense came to life in the third inning as four runs were scored to give them the lead 5-3. The scoring started with Nate Smith reaching base on a walk, Dalton Simmons getting hit by a pitch and Trey McGhee knocked them in with a single. Arri Torres was sent into pinch run for McGhee, while Deandres McCarthy was walked to put two men on the base path. A single by Brodie Amos put Torres and McCarthy across home plate to give Atmore its first lead of the game.
With McAnally and the Atmore defense holding Theodore at bay, the offense stayed true and added four more runs to put the nail in the coffin.
McGhee ripped a single to start the inning and was advanced to second on a single by Aaron McDonald. Tristan McAnally was walked on the next at-bat to load the bases for Coby Smith. Smith stepped to the plate and had the hit of the game by belting a grand slam just over the centerfield fence to put Atmore up by the final of 9-3.
Atmore started their Cal Ripken District Tournament off on a high note as the 12-year-old All-Stars blasted the Satsuma All-Stars 12-0 in four innings on Friday in Theodore.
Aaron McDonald started on the mound for Atmore and held Satsuma scoreless and to one hit and also sent down three batters down on strikes.
Atmore took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Coby Smith, Nate Smith, Tristan Montgomery, Dalton Simmons and Tristan McAnally all crossed the plate.
Atmore added to their score in the bottom of the third as Trey McGhee, Aaron McDonald, Jon Jon Griffis, McAnally, Coby Smith, Tristan Montgomery and Tanner Smith all scored to give Atmore a 12-run victory.
Check Saturday’s Atmore Advance for the semifinal and championship results.