Straughn tops Francis Marion in five innings

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 24, 2003

Straughn Tigers are not made ram tough - they're stronger.

The Tigers proved they were tougher than Rams with a 14-4 win against the visiting Francis Marion Rams in the first-round of the state baseball playoffs Wednesday.

Justin Bracewell pitched a complete game to get the win allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks. He struck out seven.

Straughn went on top 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when Dustin Hinson reached on an error and came around to score. He moved from first to third on two passed balls. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Chad Bracewell.

The Tigers struck for five more runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Justin Bracewell started the rally when he reached on an error. Daniel Beckworth came in as a courtesy runner for the Straughn pitcher. Daniel Turner kept the rally going when he was hit by a pitch after Chris Watts got down a sacrifice bunt.

Beckworth scored when Bart Beam grounded out. Turner also came around to score in the inning along with Hinson, Chad Bracewell and Dustin Worley (as a courtesy runner for catcher Brent Hinds). Jamie Straughn and Justin Clark had RBI-hits in the inning.

The Tigers added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when seven more runs came home for a 13-0 lead.

Beam reached on a one-out double to start the rally. He later scored in the inning.

Also scoring in the frame were Hinson, Chad Bracewell, Worley ( as a courtesy runner for Hinds), Jamie Straughn, Clark and Beckworth (as a courtesy runner for Justin Bracewell).

Watts also played a role in the scoring with an RBI in the inning.

The Rams managed to score four runs in the top of the fifth inning, but it was not enough.

Straughn answered with one run in the bottom of the inning to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.

Beckworth reached on a single and stole second to get into scoring position.

Cas Sasser made the most of his opportunity to bat with a runner on second with an RBI-single to end the game with a 14-4 Straughn win.

Straughn will host Dadeville on Saturday in second-round action. Dadeville topped Leeds 13-0 on Wednesday in five innings. The Dadeville pitcher threw a no-hitter.