Opp Dixie Majors advance to state tournament

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2003

Guntersville is the next destination for the Opp Dixie Majors baseball team after going undefeated at the district tournament this past weekend.

Opp won all three games to earn a trip to the Alabama Dixie Majors State Tournament in Guntersville beginning Saturday with a 4 p.m. game against Hueytown.

Opp began the district tournament with an 8-2 victory against Elba.

Langdon Stanley scored in the second inning for Opp and Josh Anderson rounded the bases in the third for an early 2-0 lead. Opp struck for five more runs in the fifth inning when Anderson, Drew Mims, Langdon Stanley, Heath Williamson and Jason Stanley each scored one run.

Elba managed to score one run in the bottom of the sixth and Opp answered when Brad Barton scored in the top of the seventh inning. Elba managed one more run in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as Opp cruised to an 8-2 win.

Langdon Stanley was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five.

Opp faced Luverne next and continued to cruise, winning 8-0. Drew Mims pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out nine.

The fourth inning was the big one for the Opp offense with five runs scoring. Josh Anderson, Drew Mims, Jim Bedsole, Andrew Harry and Jason Stanley each scored.

Opp added three more runs in the sixth inning when Mims, Bedsole and Langdon Stanley hit back-to-back-to-back doubles. All three scored in the inning.

Greenville was next on Opp's hit list and Opp's offense buried Greenville 13-3 to clinch the district title and earn a ticket to state.

Daniel Wall and Andrew Harry combined their pitching efforts to get the win. Wall pitched five innings and allowed three runs on one hit and five walks. He struck out five. Harry pitched two innings of hitless baseball. He allowed three walks.

Josh Anderson was 1-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and one RBI. Wall was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Drew Mims was 0-for-4 with two runs scored.

Adam Evans, Jim Bedsole, Langdon Stanley, Heath Williamson, Caleb Wilson, Jason Stanley and Trevor Richburg each scored one run in the win. Richburg also had two RBIs.