By Gary Lloyd
For the second consecutive game against Hewitt-Trussville, Clay-Chalkville scored three runs.
This time it was enough.
Sophomore left-hander Matthew Calvert pitched a complete-game five-hitter, allowing two earned runs across seven innings. He struck out six and walked seven on a blustery and cold night at Clay-Chalkville. Hewitt-Trussville’s two runs came off a Will Pharis two-run home run in the top of the seventh.
Hewitt-Trussville senior pitcher Grayson Jones took the loss, allowing three earned runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked as many.
Clay-Chalkville (5-1) got on Hewitt-Trussville early when Josh Jackson singled in Kyle Mosley and Darius Baldwin in the bottom of the first inning.
Clay-Chalkville added its third run in the bottom of the fifth, when Jones allowed a bases-loaded walk to Thomas Johns that scored Les Keyes.
After Pharis’ seventh-inning bomb over the right field fence, Hewitt-Trussville pinch runner Quinn Jackson attempted to score on a pass ball. Catcher Michael Rodda flipped the ball to Calvert, who tagged Jackson out for the final out.
Clay-Chalkville won the game with just three hits — Jackson’s two-run single, a Baldwin double and a Keyes single. Johns walked three times. The Cougars drew nine walks in the game.
Hewitt-Trussville (5-2) managed just five hits in the game — the homer by Pharis, and singles from Carter Pharis, Jasen White, Connor Cox and Riley Stokes
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