By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Friday night started off well for the visiting Millington Trojans on the Munford Baseball diamond.
Three of the first five Millington batters got clean hits off Munford Cougar starter Ty Gillespie. But after hits by Zack Gamble, Elliot Chapman and Tyler Harrison gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Gillespie settled himself down.
“I just basically stepped back and took a deep breath,” Gillespie recalled. “I just threw the ball in the zone.”
Gillespie recorded the final out of the inning and gave his teammates a chance to bat. The Cougars sent 10 to the plate in the first inning scoring five runs leading to a 12-2 win.
“It was good to know we could return the favor by scoring five runs to their one run,” Cougar senior Jase Hutchison said. “We beat their one to win the inning.”
Walker Bouler started Munford’s path to winning the inning and game with a leadoff single. Then his teammate Ryan Bargery placed down a bunt for a single.
Then it was Josh Hibbard turn at the plate and the senior gave his team the lead with single scoring Walker and Barger.
The inning continued with Hunter Barber being hit by a pitch. Two batters later JC Trobaugh slapped a base hit to score a pair of runners to make the tally 4-1. Kyle Hindman had the final run producing a hit for the Cougars in the first inning making the score 5-1.
“I was just thinking, ‘I’m glad we’ve got the lead. Let’s keep it,’” Gillespie said.
Gillespie continued to pound the zone in the second inning retiring the Trojans after four batters. In Munford’s half of the second 10 Cougars visited the plate increasing the advantage to 10-1.
After a double steal called by Head Coach Jason Johnson scored a run for the Cougars, Hutchison singled in the seventh run of the game for Munford. The Cougars scored three more runs in the inning with one coming courtesy of a Hindman single.
Gillespie kept Millington scoreless in the third inning without giving up a hit. The Cougars were shutout as well in the frame. And the fourth and fifth innings went scoreless as well.
In the sixth inning Millington broke its drought when Moses Parker drove in Harrison to make the score 10-2. Munford was able to score twice in the sixth inning on a passed ball to end the game.
The Cougars took round one of the weekend doubleheader with their Highway 51 rivals. Munford traveled down to Millington Saturday afternoon for a game at Miles Park.
“It’s a great feeling to win,” Gillespie said after Friday night’s game. “I think we should come out with the same intensity and enthusiasm we had today to come out and get another win.”
On Saturday, the Cougars were victorious again winning 10-1.