Errors costly for Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 6, 2003

The Charles Henderson Trojans and Andalusia Bulldogs finally got to play baseball Wednesday after rain and poor field conditions forced the game to be postponed Tuesday.

The game was rescheduled for Wednesday and the Trojans were ready to play.

The Trojans scored four runs on six hits and six errors for a 4-2 win.

The Trojans went on top 1-0 in the top of the first inning when Matt Johnson rounded the bases after reaching on a one-out single. Adam Helms followed Johnson in the batting order and also reached base on a single. Helms advanced to second on an error later in the inning, but did not score. The Bulldogs got out of the jam after only giving up one run.

The Bulldogs came up with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a brief 2-1 lead. Neal Patterson and Trevor Mathews both scored in the inning for Andalusia. Tyler Wilson had a RBI-hit in the inning.

Charles Henderson's batters answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to go back on top by a score of 3-2. Tyson Pugh reached base on a single. Clint Pugh followed him in the batting order and reach base on an error. They both came around to score in the inning. Matt Johnson had a single in the inning for the Trojans.

In the top of the sixth inning, Charles Henderson added an insurance run to stretch the lead to 4-2 when Blake Phelps scored after reaching base on an error. The Trojans got one run in the inning on three errors, no walks and no hits.

A Trojan error, however, prevented them from taking a bigger lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Jeremy Jones had a baserunning miscue that cost his team a run. He tagged up on Tyson Pugh's fly ball to center field, but left third base early and was called out on the play.

Andalusia, however, failed to capitalize on the Trojan miscue against relief pitcher Pete VanHorn. He came in to pitch with one out in the bottom of the sixth and silenced the Bulldog bats allowing two hits and striking out one.

Matt Johnson pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for the Trojans and allowed two runs on six hits and one walks. He struck out four.

Neal Patterson started the game on the mound and went the distance allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out four in the game.

The JV teams from the two schools squared off after the varsity game.

The result of the JV game was not available at presstime.