Volunteers top Diamondbacks

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2003

One night after falling to Opp by a score of 7-5 in extra innings, the Covington County Babe Ruth Volunteers played a doubleheader against the Luverne Diamondbacks on Friday.

The teams played two five-inning games with the Volunteers winning the first game by a score of 10-4. The second game was tied at 3-3 after one inning of play (See Tuesday's Star-News for a complete report of the second game).

The Vols went on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Cole Carroll reached on a lead-off double. He went to third when Chris "Tank" Huckabaa hit into a double play. Kenny Skipper ripped an RBI-single to plate Carroll.

Vols' starting pitcher Dewayne Gladwell struck out four Diamondbacks in the top of the second, with Brandon Rolling reaching on an error. Gladwell pitched four innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit. He struck out nine and walked two in four innings.

In the bottom of the second, the Vols added to their lead when Chris Watts reached on a lead-off walk. He moved to third after an errant throw on a pick-off attempt and scored on an RBI-single by Gladwell.

Six more runs came home for the Vols in the bottom of the third for an 8-0 lead.

Huckabaa started the inning with an infield single. Skipper followed him with an RBI-single. Bart Beam walked to keep the rally alive. Jon Gudson then attempted to get down a sacrifice bunt and he did, except an error on the throw to first allowed two runs to score as he motored to third. Watts copied Gudson with a bunt and got the same result with one run scoring. Gladwell reached on a walk and scored in the inning.

Brandon Kilpatrick gave the Diamondbacks their first run of the game in the top of the fourth. He struck out, but reached on an error. Rolling's single sent him home for Luverne's first run.

The Vols responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Skipper started the show with a solo home run. Bart Beam reached on a single and Lee Edgar entered the game as a pinch runner. Edgar scored on an RBI-single by Levi Cotton in the inning.

The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning without getting a hit. Beam walked in a run after loading the bases with a walk and two hit batsmen.

Chad "Nugget" Bracewell entered the game as the third pitcher of the game for the Vols and got out of the jam with some help from his defense after walking in a run.

Right fielder Levi Cotton made a diving catch in right field robbing Rolling of a hit. Cotton pounced to his feet and threw a strike across the diamond to Bart Beam at third base for a double play. Beam, however, did not let the play stop there. He gunned the ball to Chris Watts at second base to complete a game-ending triple play.

In Thursday night's game against Opp, the Vols went on top 1-0 in the bottom of the second when Edgar scored on an RBI-single by Gladwell.

Cotton scored on an RBI-single by Carroll in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.

Opp went on top 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Josh Anderson, Adam Evans, Heath Williamson and Jim Bedsole each scored a run. Opp's Drew Mims hit a line-drive home run in the top of the seventh for a 5-2 lead.

The Vols battled back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 5-5. Cotton singled and scored. Carroll also had a single and came around to score in the inning. Huckabaa reached on a walk and scored in the frame. Skipper had an RBI-single. Gudson plated a run on a fielder's choice.

Opp went back on top in the ninth inning when Evans and Mims both scored after reaching base on walks. Langdon Stanley had a two-RBI single in the inning.

The Volunteers return to action Monday when Elba visits the Straughn High School baseball field for a 7 p.m. game. The Vols travel to Brewton on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at the T.R. Miller High School baseball field.