Bulldogs sweep Jaguars

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 27, 2010

Andalusia completed its area sweep over Hillcrest-Evergreen Friday night at home in a doubleheader.

The Bulldogs routed Hillcrest 19-4 in the first game and 11-1 in the second.

Andalusia improves to 11-14 overall, and 3-0 in Class 4A, Area 3.

Andalusia coach Jonathan Rasberry said the series with Hillcrest wasn’t a bad one, and that “everybody on the team had an opportunity to play.”

“I thought a lot of kids got a chance to play (Friday night),” Rasberry said. “Just about every kid got in the game. It’s a great opportunity to allow the kids to swing the bat that haven’t had the chance to in the last week or so.”

Andalusia boys 19, Hillcrest-Evergreen boys 4

Andalusia capitalized on an 11-run second inning to gain the needed momentum to complete the series sweep over the Jaguars.

Bulldogs’ designated hitter Nate Mack started the scoring drive hitting a 2 RBI triple to score Robert Woodall and Lee Enzor.

Dilan Manring then hit Mack in with an RBI double.

With two outs on the board, Andalusia’s Shane Culbreth hit an RBI double to score Manring, and Culbreth then came home on an RBI single from Rob Maddox.

Joseph Hayden then scored Maddox with a double.

Hayden, Will Hart and Woodall scored on a triple and a double.

Mack hit a double, but would later come around on an RBI double from Aaron Norris to end the Bulldogs’ 11-run drive in the second inning.

Earlier in the game, Andalusia scored four runs on three hits in the first inning to take a commanding 4-1 lead.

Throughout the game, the Bulldogs’ defense stepped up to the plate, helping winning pitcher, Shane Culbreth. He allowed three hits in three innings.

Hillcrest-Evergreen drew blood in the first inning on an RBI single from Justin Nared.

Andalusia capped off its 15-run win by scoring one run in the third inning and three in the fourth.

In his first game on the mound for Andalusia, senior Brandon Bedsole pitched one inning and had one strikeout.

Andalusia boys 11, Hillcrest-Evergreen boys 1

Andalusia scored three runs in the first inning, seven in the fourth inning and one in the fifth to get the 10-run win.

The Bulldogs used their base-running prowess to earn a lot of the runs in the win.

“I thought we did a good job of manufacturing the runs,” Rasberry said. “We still have a long way to go. We’ve got Thomasville next Thursday and getting ahead in area is always a good start. That’s going to be a big game and if we can win the first one here, and the second one over there, then that automatically puts us in the playoffs. That’s a good motivational tool for these guys. It all starts next week on Thursday.”

Hillcrest scored its only run in the first inning on a solo home run by Nared.

Rogers earned the win for the Bulldogs in five innings. He allowed six hits, one run and had nine strikeouts.

Andalusia will travel to play Daleville on Monday at 5 p.m. Varsity will start first.

Then on Thursday, Andalusia hosts Thomasville at 4:30 p.m.

In girls action, the Lady Bulldogs beat Hillcrest, 12-6.