Opp claims area title

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Opp claimed the Class 4A, Area 2 championship Friday night and the right to host the first round of the state playoffs in a 13-3 rout over Brewbaker Tech at Merchants Field.

The Bobcats were originally scheduled to play a doubleheader against Brewbaker Tech Friday because either way, the second game didn’t count in their area. The teams did not play a second game because Brewbaker Tech forfeited.

In five innings, Opp’s Gavin Free allowed three hits and struck out six to earn the win on the mound.

This Friday, the Bobcats (21-4, 8-1) will host Jackson in the first round of the playoffs at 4:30 p.m.

Opp coach Michael Cassady said his team played well despite getting down early.

“We got down early in all of our four losses, and that’s been a real problem we hadn’t been able to overcome,” he said. “We got down and we wound up going ahead. There wasn’t any quit in them whether we were up or down the whole game. We played well defensively.”

Opp’s Josh Thompson had two hits with a single and a triple; Britt Wilson had three hits; Dilan Ziglar had one hit; Free had two hits; Zack Sasser had two hits; Lance Robbins had two hits; and Trey Short had two hits.

“We hit the ball extremely well,” Cassady said about his team’s 14 hits. “We actually had five hits in the first inning. In the second we had four hits — nine hits in two innings. That really deflated their balloon a bit.”