Bulldogs top Opp, remain undefeated
Andalusia is undefeated and Opp is winless in high school baseball action so far this season.
The Andalusia Bulldogs (4-0) remained undefeated with an 11-1 win against the winless Opp Bobcats (0-3) on Saturday at a round-robin tournament hosted by Andalusia High School.
The day of baseball began with Andalusia outscoring Monroe County 11-1 in five innings.
Neal Patterson was the winning pitcher allowing one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He also allowed four walks and hit four batters while striking out one.
The Bulldogs went on top 5-0 in the first inning when Wesley Liles, Trevor Mathews, Patterson, Cole Sightler and Zack Chavers all scored. Patterson had a two-RBI double in the inning. Chavers had an RBI-single. Chase Arrington had a sacrifice fly to plate a run.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Liles and Mathews scored again.
The fourth inning meant more offense for the Bulldogs. Tyler Wilson, Patterson and Sightler scored for a 10-0 lead. Sightler had a two-RBI double in the inning. Chavers ripped a RBI-single in the inning.
Monroe County scored one run in the top of the fifth.
Andalusia ended the game via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth inning when Patterson scored on Arrington's RBI-single.
Monroe County faced Opp next and won 13-12 as the Bobcats continued to struggle.
Opp had a 12-10 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Monroe County was able to score three runs for a 13-12 win.
Brock Kelley had a two-run home run in the game for Opp.
In the final\u00E9, Andalusia took the diamond to face Opp.
The Bulldogs went on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Liles and Wilson both scored. Patterson had an RBI-single to plate Liles after he reached on a walk and moved to second on a fielder's choice. Wilson scored when Arrington was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Opp answered with one run in the top of the second inning when Kelley hit his second home run of the day. His solo shot cleared the fence in left center and cut Andalusia's lead to 2-1.
Mathews scored in the bottom of the second inning to push Andalusia's lead back to two runs by a score of 3-1. He reached on a single and scored when Wilson hammered a ball over the center fielder's head for a triple.
The score remained 3-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Andalusia scored five more runs.
Liles started the inning with a single and ran to second when the Opp shortstop collided with the second baseman as they both tried to field the grounder. Mathews then scored on a strikeout when the ball was dropped by the catcher and then thrown into right field. Liles scored from second on the throwing error.
Wilson kept the inning going when he was awarded first base after catcher's interference was called by the home plate umpire.
Patterson got down a sacrifice bunt to move Mathews to third and Wilson to second. Sightler followed and drew a walk to load the bases. Chavers was the next batter and he also drew a walk to send Mathews home for a 5-1 lead.
The Bobcats changed pitchers, but Andalusia scored three more runs. Will Cammack drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to plate Wilson. McKenzie Curry followed him with a two-RBI single into right center field to plate Sightler and Chavers.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Andalusia scored three more runs for an 11-1 win in five innings via the 10-run rule.
Wilson, Sightler and Matthew Mitchell (as a courtesy runner for catch Zack Chavers) scored in the fifth inning. Wilson scored on a wild pitch. Arrington drew a walk to load the bases and Cammack came through with a two-RBI bloop single to end the game.
Matt Mellown was the winning pitcher for Andalusia allowing one run on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out nine.
Andalusia and Opp are both scheduled to play games in Enterprise this week as part of a tournament.