Yellow Jackets’ sting moves AHS to loser’s bracketPublished 11:15pm Friday, May 10, 2013
GULF SHORES — Jamica Johnson’s double to lead off the top of the 10th inning shook Andalusia a little bit.
The Lady Bulldogs and Ashford had a hard-fought game going with an 8-8 ball game through the first innings, but when Johnson knocked her hit over the center fielder, the Lady Yellow Jackets came alive with a hitting clinic.
Ashford’s Rebecca Laney followed the double with an RBI triple and two hits later, the Lady Yellow Jackets pulled away to beat Andalusia 13-8 in the winner’s bracket second round of the Class 4A South Regional Softball Tournament at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex Friday night.
Lady Bulldogs’ coach Brad Garner said Johnon’s hit did shake the team a little, but things would’ve been OK if Ashford had scored just one run as a result.
“They fought it up, and the next girl (Laney) cranks one, too,” Garner said. “Tip your hat to them. They played a good game. We played a good game.
“They had a few hits when they had to have them,” he said. “We couldn’t quite get one when we needed it.”
Andalusia began its day facing early adversity against former area foe Thomasville in the first round. The Lady Bulldogs came back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning and went on to beat THS, 11-8.
With the first-day split, Andalusia faces Charles Henderson today at 9:30 a.m. in the loser’s bracket. The Lady Bulldogs need to win the next three games to earn a state tournament berth.
After Laney hit her RBI triple to score Johnson, Ashford added another run on a passed ball to go up 10-8 in the 10th.
Ashford’s Stephanie Bryant singled and Crisshada Rogers reached on a fielder’s choice to keep the threat alive for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
Allison Moore then hit an RBI triple to score Rogers to bring the game to 11-8. Rogers later scored on a throw away, and Bailey Hughes came in on a passed ball to give Ashford its 13-8 lead.
Moore went 2-for-6; and Jessica Vann went 2-for-5 to lead Ashford.
Andalusia’s Abbie Young went 3-for-5; and Haley Harper went 3-for-5.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead after the first inning on an RBI from Young, a sac fly by Olivia Dixon and an error.
Later in the third, Vann hit a two-run single to tie the game at 3-all in the top half of the inning.
Andalusia led 5-3 at the end of the third on a Hannah Burnette RBI double and a squeeze, where Burnette scored.
Ashford tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fourth, and later took a 6-5 lead in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Andalusia’s Tori Cleghorn hit a two-run single to highlight a three-run inning and an 8-6 lead for the good guys.
Ashford tie the game at 8-all in the top of the sixth inning.
The game went back and forth the first three extra innings before Ashford led the 10th off with the double.
Andalusia 11, Thomasville 8
Two-out hits and runs were the name of the game for Andalusia in the first round.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the second, Young hit a two-run double to tie the game. Maggie Lambert added a two-run single to give AHS a 7-5 lead, all with two outs.
After Thomasville cut the game to 7-6 in the top of the fourth, Lambert hit an RBI single, and after Burnette reached on a fielder’s choice, two runs scored on an error and the Lady Bulldogs led 10-6.
Haley Snider added an RBI single later in the inning, and Andalusia allowed two runs in the sixth on a single.
Harper went 2-for-4; Emily Terry went 3-for-4; and Hughes and Lambert went 2-for-3 each.