The Carrollton junior outfielder proved to be the Trojans offensive catalyst in their final game of pool play as part of the Central Shootout, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, RBI, two runs and three stolen bases, leading the Trojans to a 9-1, five-inning victory over Woodward.
“Chase got it going,” Carrollton coach Craig George said. “And we’re expecting him, he’ll be a junior next year, and we hope that he’ll be ready to play a little bit because he hits from the left side. He gives us a little pop with the bat, but he also gives us a guy that can handle and lay down bunts and move guys around and everything else.”
Alford did plenty of that Saturday, as he connected on a hit-and-run at the plate in the bottom of the first, drilling a line drive to right field. Normally a slap-hitter or bunter, Alford showed he had a little pop in the bat as well, putting runners at the corners with the line-drive hit, which set up an RBI infield groundout from Andrew Gordon one batter later.
“His first at-bat, we called a hit-and-run and he hit it right on the nose,” George said. “It was good to see him have a good day.”
Carrollton scored two in the first, but didn’t do much the next three innings, only reaching base on an Alford single in the third and a Brad Kittle single in the fourth. Neither runner scored.
The Trojans would bust the game open in the fifth, though, scoring six runs on six hits and a walk, closing out the War Eagles by the mercy rule after five.
Eric Jay Phillips got the win on the mound, tossing all five innings, allowing nine hits for one run with no walks and four strikeouts.
Phillips got into a few jams, but came out relatively unharmed in most instances.
“I thought Phillips threw well,” George said. “He had one inning where they got a run on us, but for the most part Phillips did a good job of throwing the ball over the plate to give us a chance to play a little defense.”
Phillips (2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs) and Kittle (2-for-3) joined Alford with multiple-hit performances for the Trojans, while Will Madden (2-for-2, 2B, RBI) and Greg Patton (2-for-2) led the War Eagles.
The Trojans wrapped up pool play at 3-1 in the Shootout and will close out their summer today in the championship round.
George said it’s been a productive summer, even though it was cut a bit short with the long playoff run at the end of the high school season, which is a problem he’ll never complain about.
“Well, it doesn’t feel like it was a short summer,” George said. “I tell you what, our older guys we got about 12 games, which is good when you end up playing 37 during the regular year. We got to see a little bit of what we wanted to see. Our young guys have had a terrific summer. They’re 19-1, so they’ve had a great summer.”