Bulldogs get victory

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Andalusia utilized its five-run first inning to defeat Daleville 11-3 in Andalusia on Monday night.

Dilan Manring, Aaron Norris, Lee Enzor and Rob Maddox all had RBI doubles in the scoring spree.

To start off the first inning, Robert Woodall got on base with a single and later came around on Manring’s double.

Manring scored on the double from Norris, Norris scored on the double from Enzor, and Enzor scored on the double from Maddox.

Maddox would later reach home on Zack Ward’s RBI single.

“We came out strong and it was good to see the bats get hot,” Andalusia coach Jonathan Rasberry said. “We had five with two outs, and I tell these kids every day that two-out hits win ball games.

“They’re really starting to come along and believe in that,” he said. “I think, coming off this weekend I was concerned we were going to come out a little flat. I thought we came out and showed we really wanted to play, and we showed that we’re trying to get better every game we play.”

Daleville managed to get on board in the top of the third inning scoring one run on a sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Bulldogs (8-14) scored one run off another RBI from Maddox.

Two runs in the fourth inning were scored on a sacrifice grounder from Manring and a bunt from Norris.

Daleville added one run in the fourth and fifth innings to complete its scoring drive for the night.

Other than a few blips during the game, Rasberry said overall the team did well on the defensive front.

“We were able to tack on a few bunts here and there,” he said. “We really tried to work on a lot of things for bunt-defense. It was a great opportunity to work on some things before we go into area.”

Andalusia wasn’t done with its drive adding three runs in the sixth on one hit and two errors.

Winning pitcher Aaron Norris allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four in seven innings of work for the Bulldogs.

“(Norris) did a good job of stepping up,” Rasberry said. “Other than a couple walks here an there, I thought he did a good job of challenging people in the zone and making them hit the baseball.”

Woodall was 1-for-4 with one single and one run; Shane Culbreth was 1-for-4 with one double and one run; Nate Mack was 0-for-4 with one double and two runs; Manring was 1-for-4 with one double, one run and two RBIs; Norris was 1-for-4 with one double, two runs and two RBIs; Enzor was 1-for-4 with one double, one run and one RBI; Maddox was 1-for-3 with one double, one run and two RBIs; Ward was 1-for-3 with one single and one RBI; and C.P. Rogers was 2-for-3 with two singles.

In junior varsity action, Bulldogs beat Daleville 8-1.

Andalusia will start its area play on the road in Evergreen against Hillcrest High School on Thursday. The game starts at 4 p.m.