SHS beats AHS, 2-1

Published 8:25 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Straughn’s Kaitlynn Wiggins helped lead her team to a 2-1 victory over the Andalusia Lady Bulldogs in Straughn Tuesday night striking out 19 batters, only allowing two hits and two walks.

The score remained 0-0 all the way until the sixth inning when Andalusia’s Jessica Park scored on a passed ball.

In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Straughn’s Tiffany Taylor hit an RBI single to score Kayla Messer. Messer reached on a hit.

Wiggins managed to strikeout three batters after Andalusia’s Jessica Centner and Paige Caraway reached on with singles in the top of the seventh inning.

Messer would come back to the plate in the bottom of the seventh to hit an infield RBI single to score Stephanie Bracewell to win the game Tuesday night.

Straughn coach Ray Wilson said overall, he was not pleased with the team’s caliber of play.

“I was disappointed in the way we played (Tuesday night),” Wilson said. “I told them we didn’t play real well, but you’ve got to give Andalusia and their pitcher Paige Caraway credit because she did a tremendous job pitching. They made plays there until that last inning.

“We didn’t execute on offense. We couldn’t get a bunt down to move runners. We couldn’t get runners in when in scoring position. So, I was real upset with the way we played on the offensive side.”

Wilson said the team was “fortunate” to get the win.

“We’ve got to get better,” he said. “We were very, very fortunate to win tonight. A win is a win, but we’ll definitely take it. We’ve got to improve a lot in order for us to reach some of our goals.”

Caraway also had an impressive night on the mound pitching seven innings earning 10 strikeouts, allowing two walks and six hits.

Andalusia coach Anthony Mikel declined to comment following the game Tuesday night.

Straughn (18-6, 2-0 in Class 3A, Area 3) will travel to play in the Pleasant Home Invitational Softball Tournament today, Friday and Saturday.

Andalusia (12-11, 2-0 in Class 4A, Area 3) will travel to play Clarke County and Thomasville today. The first game will be at 3:30 p.m. against Clarke County and the second game will be at 6 p.m. against Thomasville.