Brewton tops Opp in Babe Ruth action

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 4, 2003

After falling behind against Brewton 5-0 in the fifth inning during 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball action at Opp Thursday night,

the host Opp team put together a fine late rally before falling one run short 5-4.

The first five innings were dominated by solid pitching and defensive play from both squads, although both teams also squandered some early scoring opportunities.

However, in the top of the fifth inning, a couple of defensive miscues proved costly for the Opp team as well as a pair of clutch hits by Brewton as the visitors plated five runs in the inning to build a solid advantage.

Opp would not fold, however, as it tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2.

Jeb McDaniel walked and then went to second when Garrett Kyser reached on an infield single. McDaniel was able to eventually score on a Brewton error.

Opp collected its second run of the inning as Cody Hall singled to right to bring in Kyser.

Brewton was able to put a pair of runners on in the top of the sixth via a walk and a hit batter, but Opp pitcher Mark Linton was able to get out of inning the via a pitcher's best friend, the twin killing.

Opp crept ever closer in the bottom of the inning, scoring two more runs to cut the Brewton lead to a precarious one at 5-4.

Clay Craig and Derek Hester reached on errors and then Sam Helms walked to load the bases.

McDaniel walked to bring in Craig to make the score 5-3, with Kyser then bringing another run home when he grounded into a fielder's choice play. Another Opp runner was thrown out at home plate, and this allowed Brewton to get out of the inning still holding the slim lead.

Linton was able to breeze through the top of the seventh inning, setting up a final comeback opportunity for Opp in the bottom half.

With one out in the inning, Linton singled to right, and later with two outs in the inning, Craig walked.