By Bobby Mathews, Sports Editor
PINSON — The Indians jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second inning and then had to come from behind late to overcome a tough Clay-Chalkville team 7-6 here on Tuesday, April 12.
Pinson Valley scored three runs in the second inning off of DeVante’ Wells’ triple, and Isaiah Sims and Michael Moses each had multiple hits for the Indians.
Josh Ervin, Kenny Glover and Javen Hunter each helped the late rally for Clay-Chalkville, which entered the top of the sixth up 6-5.
The bottom of the sixth inning proved costly, however, as Caden Hamby singled and Moses singled to advance Hamby to third. While Hamby was out at home on a fielder’s choice, Noah Bufford and Moses were still aboard, with Moses advancing to third.
Rashaud Toyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and then Jamison Green was also beaned to walk in Moses and tie the game at six runs apiece.
By this time the wheels had come off for Clay-Chalkville. Chris Calma walked with the bases loaded, putting Bufford across the plate for the final margin of 7-6.
Clay-Chalkville had their chances in the top of the seventh, but a double play ended things for the Cougars.
DeVante’ Wells got the win for Pinson Valley, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing six runs — five earned — on six hits, walking eight and striking out one. Tyler Griffin took the loss for Clay-Chalkville, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and five runs — four earned — and six walks with one strikeout.