By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Those who attended the first two Millington Trojan Baseball games at Miles Park last week could clearly spot Elliot Chapman’s hot bat.
In the season opening 10-0 victory over Rossville March 11, Chapman got the Trojans started with two RBIs courtesy of his double. His teammate Tyler Harrison closed out the game in the fifth inning driving in the 10th run.
Off to a 2-0 overall start, Millington hit the diamond again last Thursday against the Fayette Academy Vikings. And it was Chapman again getting things started with for the Trojans. This time his double drove in one run leading to a 5-3 win over the Vikings.
“I’ve just been seeing the ball real well,” Chapman said. “Over the offseason, workouts and training we took a lot of swings and hacks. So it seems like things are starting off connecting this year. I’m seeing the ball a lot better than I usually do. I just hope it continues.”
Seeing the ball well did continue for Chapman later in the game. Leading 1-0 in the second inning, a Lucas Van Emelen bases loaded walk scored the second Millington run.
Chapman made it 3-0 when he hit the ball in the infield leading to an error. With the bases still loaded, Harrison took a pitch to the back brining home the fourth Trojan.
Millington starter Payton Wiginton shut down the Fayette Academy lineup the first two innings. The Vikings did manage to get on the scoreboard in the third inning making the tally 4-1.
The Vikings continued to chipped away at the deficit with a run in the fourth inning and fifth inning. Fayette Academy called for a double steal in the fifth inning allowing the run to cross home.
By that time Millington Head Coach Billy Davis brought Harrison to the mound to prevent the Vikings from taking the lead.
Harrison was able to close out the fifth inning and used power pitching to mow down Vikings in the sixth inning. But still in need of some insurance, Trojan outfielder Carter Hawkins sparked a rally with a leadoff single.
Later in the bottom of the sixth inning, the bases were loaded with Trojans and one out. Millington catcher Calvin Hodges came to the plate.
The senior backstop drove a ball deep to centerfield allowing Hawkins plenty of time to cross home plate to make the score 5-3.
“It felt good because I know it helped out our pitcher a lot mentally,” Hodges said. “Tyler did real well. We need more closer types and he came in throwing strikes.”
Harrison kept that approach in the top of the seventh inning to close out the game. Wiginton got the victory and Harrison the save. And the Trojans improved to 3-0 on the young season.
In the big picture, the Trojans are 3-0 overall, and on an individual level Chapman is one of the players responsible for good start with four RBIs.
“We have found small things to keep working at,” Chapman said. “As the team aspect, it seems we’re clicking as a team. It’s the small individual aspects like don’t get on top of the ball. We have to execute small plays.
“Some things just didn’t go in our favor,” he concluded. “We had two or three strikeout looking. We have to swing in that position. We have to try to get hits, swing the bat. That will help us in the long run as a team and help us score more runs.”