MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Central-Phenix City trailed 5-4 in the sixth inning Monday at Patterson Field, but Jarrod Turnage walked, Will Boan was hit by a pitch and Tyler Andujar came through with a two-run triple to give the Red Devils the lead for good on their way to a 10-6 victory over Jeff Davis.
Chase Day earned the season-opening win in relief as he worked the Red Devils out of a jam in the fifth. Jake Clark pitched the first four innings for Central.
Monday in Montgomery, Ala.
Central-PC 202 003 3 —10 6 1
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Jeff Davis 100 040 1 —6 8 4
WP—Chase Day (1-0). LP—Cunningham (0-1). Hitting leaders—Central: Jarrod Turnage (1-for-2, 3 runs, RBI, SB), Tyler Andujar (1-for-4, 3B, run, 2 RBI), Patrick Pangelinan (2-for-4); Jeff Davis: Cunningham (3-for-4, 2B, 2 runs). Records—Central 1-0; Jeff Davis 0-1. Next—Central home vs. Dadeville 5 p.m. Thursday.
Smiths squanders two to start season
HOOVER, Ala. — Smiths Station took early leads in both games to open the season Monday, but they failed to hang on.
In their 9-8 loss against Clay-Chalkville, the Panthers led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but they allowed four runs as they made three of their six errors in the inning.
The Panthers lost their second game 7-5 to the day’s host, Spain Park, after leading 5-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.
Monday at Spain Park High
Smiths Station 013 202 0 —8 7 6
Clay-Chalkville 120 420 x —9 6 3
WP—Tony Bussey (1-0). LP—Brandon Smith (0-1). Hitting leaders—Clay-Chalkville: Brandon Bonds (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI); Smiths: Aaron Marsh (1-for-4, 2B, 1 run, walk), Kendall Brinson (2-for-4, 2B, 2 runs), Drew Ellis (1-for-3, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI). Records—Clay-Chalkville; Smiths 0-1.
Smiths Station 023 000 0 —5 12 1
Spain Park 200 050 x —7 10 1
WP—Kevin Richardson (1-0). LP—Joey Stringfellow (0-1). Hitting leaders—Spain Park: Cory Esskuchea (3-for-3, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI), Hunter Walker (2-for-3, RBI); Smiths: Aaron Marsh (2-for-4, 2B, run, walk), Tyler Holt (2-for-4, 2B, run), Brandon Smith (2-for-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI), Scott Riddle (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Chris Allen (1-for-3, 2B, run, RBI). Records—Spain Park 2-0; Smiths 0-2. Next—Smiths Station at G.W. Long 12:30 p.m. Saturday, then vs. Enterprise at 4 p.m. Saturday, also at G.W. Long.
Defensive baseball clinic at Shaw
Former Oakland A’s infielder Ted Kubiak will hold a defensive clinic 8 p.m. Thursday at Shaw High.
The cost is $10 per person or $100 per team.
Shaw will also raffle off three Akadema gloves at $5 a ticket. For more information, call Shaw coach Mike Getkin at 706-593-9993.
Kubiak, who is now a roving defensive instructor in the Cleveland Indians organization, spent 10 years in the major leagues with several teams.