Kros Sivley. A name to remember in the coming years.
Though he’s just a 5-foot-9 freshman, Sivley carries himself like a seasoned veteran, and that’s paying dividends for Sumrall.
This past Tuesday, he threw a complete game shutout in a Bobcat win over Jackson Academy. On Saturday, he turned in another impressive performance on the mound, helping Sumrall edge Brandon, 2-1, in the Adidas/Rex Deep South Tournament.
The Bulldogs had their fair share of baserunners, but time after time, Sivley, with a strong defense behind him, got out of jams. He gave up only one run in five innings of work, earning his fourth win of the season.
“He [Sivley] wasn’t quite as sharp as Tuesday night when he threw a complete game. He comes back today and battled through,” Sumrall head coach Larry Knight said. “The thing about him, nothing gets to him. He’s a 14-year-old out there and is really supposed to be in the 8th grade. Nothing bothers him.”
Not even a superstar like J.T. Ginn, a Dandy Dozen and potential early round pick in the upcoming 2018 MLB Draft. Just a week prior, Ginn hit three home runs in just one game for Brandon. On Saturday though, he didn’t even record a single hit.
“To me, Brandon is one of the better 6A’s, and they got one of the premier players [Ginn] in the state,” Knight said. “We did an excellent job of shutting him down offensively. What a team effort. It was not only a well-pitched game. Our defense was solid.”
Offensively, Sumrall tied it at one apiece in the bottom of the second inning off an RBI double from Garrett Robbins. In the fourth, Sivley helped his own cause, driving in what proved to be the game-winning run.
“He’s a unique kid,” Knight said of Sivley. “I talk with him through the week, and he wasn’t even sore from Tuesday night. He’s that type. He can do back flips, front flips. He’s just a strong kid.”
When Sivley left the mound in the sixth, it was up to reliever Cody Davis to preserve the Bobcats’ 2-1 lead. With a Brandon baserunner on first base and Ginn up to bat with two out in the inning, Davis found himself in a delicate situation. Regardless of that and his recent struggles, all the senior did was strike out the slugger to end the inning.
Davis pitched the seventh, too. He added his third strikeout of the day in the frame on his way to helping the Bobcats escape with the win.
“Cody Davis, who had been struggling for us, comes out today and competes and throws strikes. What an awesome job,” Knight said. “If he’s back for us throwing well, that just makes our pen so much deeper.”
The win moved the Bobcats to the championship game of the Adidas/Rex Deep South Tournament. They finished it off later that day with a 6-2 win over Vancleave.
Saturday’s wins moved Sumrall to 9-2 on the season. At this juncture, it’s a good spot to be in, said Knight.
“It’s a long year. We’ve got division next week, but certainly right now, I’m pleased with how we’re playing.”