Demopolis beats Carver

Published 8:38 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Demopolis (8-11, 1-0) opened region play with a 15-4 home victory over Carver Tuesday evening.

“We struggled with Carver last year. They beat us two out of three last year,” head coach Ben Ramer said. “They’ve got some incredible athletes. It’s great to get a region win.”

The Tigers posted six runs in the first, three in the second, four in the third and two in the fifth to back up Chase Cameron’s five-inning, nine-strikeout performance. The Tigers’ ace did not flash his best stuff Tuesday, but managed to hold Carver to four hits in five innings.

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“He struggled with the strike zone a little bit and got behind some hitters,” Ramer said. “But he battled through it. “We expect a different level from Chase now. He’s got to bring it every time.”

The top three batters in the Demopolis lineup accounted for 10 of the team’s 15 runs in the contest.

“They are starting to understand what they are doing in those spots and it’s not always about hits,” Ramer said of the top of the Demopolis order.

Kole Thrasher went 2-for-4 in the game, stroking a pair of singles and reaching on an error twice. The Tigers’ ;eadoff man scored three runs on the night.

Jacob Roemen went 1-for-1 with three walks and a hit-by-pitch. He scored all four times he reached base.

Ben Pettus, hitting out of the three hole, accounted for three Demopolis runs. Larry Dunn scored twice while Cameron Barger, Logan Holley and Hunter Wells each scored once.

The Tigers will continue region play Friday when they travel to Carver for a double-header.

“What we’ve been doing so far has been preparing us for what we went into today,” Ramer said.

His team is fresh off a spring break tournament at Wetumpka in which it defeated Alabama Christian and American Christian while playing to extra innings against Wetumpka after getting trounced by Holtville.

“We went 2-2, but we played hard,” Ramer said.

The Tigers play at home again next Tuesday when they host Chilton.