AHS sweeps Straughn

Published 12:14 am Thursday, March 5, 2009

Andalusia broke a 5-5 tie in the first game of a doubleheader against Straughn Tuesday night when Marcus Ingram had a 2-RBI double to give the Bulldogs the momentum to win the first game 9-6. In the second game, Andalusia held Straughn to only six innings, reaching the mercy rule in a 13-3 win.

“I thought we competed tonight,” Andalusia coach Jonathan Rasberry said. “I’m not going to say we necessarily played well. We made a lot of mistakes in the field, especially in the first game, but we overcame a lot of adversity throughout the game.”

In the second game, Andalusia’s Brent Shiver hit an RBI double to send Robert Woodall home to make it 1-0 in the bottom of the first.

Andalusia’s Dillon Manring reached third base on an error after his double and was soon sent home on an RBI single from Nate Mack in the second inning.

The scoring continued that same inning with an RBI double from Chris Kelley and a single from Brent Shiver to bring Mack, Ingram and Woodall home to make the score, 5-0.

Rasberry said he liked to see his players hit the ball in the second game.

“We came out in the second game and hit the ball real well and had good approaches at the plate,” he said. “We cut down some things here and there and I think we’re getting to where we need to get.

“I thought we concentrated on some things we made mistakes on in the first game,” he said. “I think we corrected some mistakes here and there that we made in the first game, so it’s good to see the kids make adjustments, especially how fast the game is at times. I thought we adjusted well. I think putting the ball in play in the second game helped us out a lot.”

Straughn got on the board in the top of the third inning when Drew Jones scored on an RBI single from Zack Stinson.

Straughn’s Josh Dewrell later scored on a double from Tyler Yelverton.

Andalusia got back on its scoring run in the fifth inning when Lee Enzor hit an RBI single to bring relief runner Justin Jernigan home.

Andrew Veasey then hit an RBI double to bring Enzor home and make the score 7-2. Manring hit a double to bring Veasey home.

In the sixth and final inning of the game, Straughn’s Cole Armstrong scored the last run for the Tigers on a triple from Luke Fussell.

Andalusia scored its final five runs in the sixth inning when Ingram scored on an unearned run with the bases loaded.

Veasey then knocked the ball to center field to bring in Jernigan, Shiver and Enzor. Veasey later scored to end the game on an RBI double from Shane Culbreth.

Andalusia will be traveling this weekend to Montgomery to play in the FCA Riverwalk tournament on March 6-7.

Straughn will be in Pleasant Home for the Covington County tournament.