SHS defeats FHS

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Straughn and Florala continued their doubleheader Tuesday after the games were rained out last Saturday in Florala. The teams managed to get in five innings of play Saturday, and picked up where they left off Tuesday afternoon.

The No. 6 Tigers, down 2-1 in the fifth inning, shot ahead by two runs on a three-run double from Austin Creel to win the first game, 10-2.

“The hit that Creel had was a real big hit because we went from being down 2-1 in the fifth to going up 4-2,” Straughn coach John Fussell said.

In the second game, Straughn’s Tyler Yelverton and Chase Parker each hit a two-run home run to help lead their team to a 12-0 victory over the Wildcats.

Straughn 10, Florala 2

Straughn’s Josh Dewrell was the winning pitcher for the Tigers, striking out seven batters and allowing one walk.

The leading hitters for the Tigers (11-3) were Nick Allen, Chase Parker, Cody Hughes, Luke Fussell, Austin Creel and Cole Armstrong.

Allen had one double and one RBI; Parker had one single; Hughes had one double; Fussell had one single and two RBIs; Creel had one double and three RBIs; and Armstrong had one double.

Straughn 12, Florala 0

Overcoming a virus, Straughn’s Cody Hughes pitched four innings and had nine strikeouts to help lead his team to the 12-0 victory.

In the game, the Tigers made two errors, a number that was far too many for Fussell.

“We only made two errors in that game, but we are still making too many errors,” he said. “We’re moving some people around. We’re still playing with our lineup to be honest with you.”

The leading hitters for Straughn were Josh Dewrell, Zack Stinson, Tyler Yelverton, Nick Allen and Chase Parker.

Dewrell had two singles and two RBIs; Stinson had one single; Yelverton had a two-run home run, one double and two RBIs; Allen had one single and one RBI; and Parker had a two-run home run.

Fusssell said despite winning both games, Florala did present challenges to his team.

“They hit the ball real well the first five innings of the game and then that was the game that got rained out Saturday,” Fussell said. “We picked it up (Tuesday) in the fifth inning and their bats kind of got cold. But, I think a lot of it had to do with our pitching. We pitched better (Tuesday) than we did Saturday.”

Straughn will travel this weekend to play in the Valley Tournament in Valley.

On Friday, the Tigers will play Valley at 4 p.m. and Beulah at 6 p.m. Saturday’s games include Dadeville at noon and Alexandria at 2 p.m.