Opp wins area tournament
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Opp went undefeated at the 15-year-old Babe Ruth Area Tournament in Atmore to clinch the crown and advance to the State Tournament.
Opp topped Atmore 1-0 in the championship game to advance.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Daniel Coleman reached base, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored.
Coleman also pitched a shutout against Atmore going all seven innings. He struck out six in the game, including three in a row in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the win.
Opp started the tournament with a win against Atmore by a final score of 6-0.
Opp jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning when Daniel Coleman, Michael Hataway and Brock Kelley scored. Holt Parker had an RBI-double in the inning.
Opp added to the lead in the second inning when Miles Pickron scored for a 4-0 advantage.
Opp's offense stalled until the seventh inning when the bats came back to life.
Opp scored two runs in the seventh to add to their lead when Hataway and Kelley rounded the bases for runs.
Atmore failed to score in the bottom of seventh as Opp held on for a 6-0 win.
Holt Parker started the game on the mound for Opp and went the distance for a shutout victory. He struck out nine in the game.
In Opp's second game of the tournament, Brewton was on the losing end by a final score of 4-3.
Opp struck early and held a 3-0 edge after two innings.
Brewton rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to tie the score.
Opp answered with one run in the seventh for the victory.
Daniel Coleman started Opp's offense with one run in the first inning.
Michael Hataway and Miles Pickron scored in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.
After Brewton's sixth-inning rally, Opp's Brock Kelley rounded the bases for the winning run after reaching base on a walk. He scored when Trent Baxley drew a bases-loaded walk.
The members of the 15-year-old Opp Babe Ruth All-Stars are Daniel Coleman, Michael Hataway, Brock Kelley, Holt Parker, Ty McDaniel, Lee Hall, Josh Baker, Trent Baxley, Miles Pickron, Cory Johnson, Lee Martinez and Matthew Franklin.