AHS Bulldogs top UMS-Wright

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 14, 2003

A close game between two packs of Bulldogs went from a close contest, to what looked like a blowout and then back to a close game Friday when the Andalusia Bulldogs hosted the UMS-Wright Bulldogs for a Class 4A, Area 1 game.

Andalusia went on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Wesley Liles (as a courtesy runner for Daniel Wall) and Tyler Wilson both scored.

Wall, who would play a key role in the win, started the rally with a two-out single. Wilson followed him with a single. Cole Sightler followed Wilson with a two-RBI single.

UMS-Wright cut Andalusia's lead in half in the top of the second inning with one run.

Andalusia failed to score in the bottom of the second inning, but held UMS-Wright scoreless in the top of the third inning.

Andalusia rallied again in the bottom of the third inning to stretch the lead to five runs by a score of 6-1.

Neal Patterson started the AHS Bulldog rally with a lead-off single. Trevor Mathews also ripped a single. Patterson scored when Wall once again came up big with an RBI-double. Wilson kept the rally going when he reached on an error by the catcher on a strikeout.

Patterson, Mathews, Wall and Liles (as a courtesy runner for Wilson) all scored in the inning.

The UMS-Wright Bulldogs showed they had a little bite in the top of the fourth inning scoring six runs to take a 7-6 lead.

Andalusia went back on top in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jacob McCollough, Patterson and Mathews each scored.

McCollough reached when he was hit by a pitch, Patterson drew a walk and Mathews singled to load the bases with one out.

UMS-Wright got a strikeout for the second out of the inning before Andalusia struck for two runs. Wilson hit the ball to short where the UMS-Wright player thought about going to second base for a force out and then threw an errant throw to first base. McCollough and Patterson scored on the play.

Mathews moved the third on the error and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

UMS-Wright knotted the score at 9-9 in the top of the fifth inning.

Andalusia's Bulldogs scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Patterson reached on a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mathews and scored on an error after Wall was issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Sightler forced the error with a hard-hit ball.

UMS-Wright threatened in the top of the seventh inning and tried to score Davis Pilot from second base on a hit to left field.

Wall was playing left field for Andalusia and gunned down Pilot at the plate for the final out of the game when catcher Jake Hollingsworth applied the tag.

The play kept UMS-Wright from tying up the score at 10-10 and also resulted in the final out of the inning.

The Andalusia Bulldogs travel to Bratt, Fla. today for a 6 p.m. game against Northview.

Wilson was the winning pitcher for Andalusia. He allowed nine runs on eight hits and eight walks in seven innings of work. He also struck out eight