Bulldogs prep for area contest

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 3, 2004

It has been a season of streaks for the Andalusia Bulldogs this baseball season.

The Bulldogs (7-3) started the season with seven consecutive wins. The winning streak came to an end earlier this week with three consecutive losses at a tournament in Troy.

The Bulldogs hope to get back to their winning ways Friday with an important area contest against UMS-Wright.

"I hope we can start another seven-game winning streak on Friday," Andalusia Head Coach Ben Ramer said. "We kind of went into the tournament at Troy with limited pitching."

Ramer said the Bulldogs still had opportunities to win in Troy, but came up short. Now, the Bulldogs enter Friday's doubleheader with the pitching rotation in tack and ready to go.

The Andalusia Bulldogs will travel south to Mobile to face the UMS-Wright Bulldogs in a doubleheader beginning with the first game at 4 p.m. The second game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m.

Ramer said he will start left-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson in the first game of the doubleheader.

"Tyler will start the first game and we'll go from there," Ramer said. "We have Will (Cammack) slated for the second game. It all depends on how the first one goes."

Ramer said the first game should be a pitcher's duel between two strong lefties.

"It should be a pitching match-up from what I understand," Ramer said. "UMS has a big lefthander who has already signed with South Alabama, I think."

The start of area play is always important and the Bulldogs are in a tough area along with UMS-Wright out of Mobile and Gulf Shores High School.

Ramer did more than say Friday's games are important.

When asked if the two games against UMS-Wright are big, Ramer nodded knowingly and said, "They're huge."

Big games have brought out the best in the Bulldogs in the past and Ramer hopes that trend continues in Mobile on Friday.

"We're anxious," Ramer said. "Our kids always seem to get ready for the big games.

"We're expecting to play our two best game on Friday," he added.