11-12s win district title

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Covington County's Ty Ballard (left) crosses home plate while celebrating with his teammates after hitting his solo home run in the third inning. | Andrew Garner, Star-News

Covington County won the 11-and-12-year-old 2010 Cal Ripken All-Stars baseball district tournament this weekend at the Andalusia Sports Complex.

It only took three wins for Covington County to earn a trip to the Cal Ripken 10U and 12U state tournament in Childersburg.

Covington County defeated Newton 25-2 Friday night; beat South Alabama 3-1 Saturday morning; and won the championship game 6-2 Sunday evening against South Alabama.

South Alabama’s trip to the championship game started with the loss to Covington County.

Then, in the loser’s bracket elimination game, South Alabama beat Newton 15-0 to be able to make an appearance in the title game against Covington County.

Covington County 6, South Alabama 2

Covington County’s Daryl George hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to help lead his team to the 6-2 title victory over South Alabama.

Covington County’s Eli Woods and Jordan Whitman scored in the second inning to help put their team ahead 2-0.

In the third inning, South Alabama tied the game up when Daniel Shirey and Taylor Griffin scored on a single from Madison Ward and a fielder’s choice from Sim Bowden, respectively.

Before George’s three-run slam in the fourth inning, Covington County scored one run in the third inning on a solo home run from Ty Ballard.

Ballard’s home run came on a high and inside pitch.

South Alabama 15, Newton 0

South Alabama knocked Newton out of the district tournament scoring seven runs in the first inning, one run in the second inning, five runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning.

Griffin led in scoring with four runs; Trey Ossenfort scored three runs; Shirey, Ward and Bowden scored two runs each; and Will Jones and Ridge Riley scored one run each for South Alabama.

Covington County 3, South Alabama 1

Eli Woods’ RBI single, and Whitman’s two-run triple in the fourth inning helped lead their team to the two-run win over South Alabama Saturday night.

George earned the win on the mound pitching three innings and striking out five. Worley got the save allowing one run on no hits and struck out six.

South Alabama scored one run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead before Covington County’s three-run half of the inning.

Covington County 25, Newton 2

It was smooth sailing for the district champions in the first game Friday night over Newton.

Covington County scored 12 runs in the first inning, eight runs in the second inning and five runs in the third inning in the win.

George scored five runs; Jonathan Driver scored three runs; Shane Jones scored two runs; Ballard scored four runs; Gage Worley scored three runs; Jacob Whatley scored two runs; Woods scored one run; Cole Harris scored three runs; and Whitman scored three runs.

George, Jones and Worley were 4-for-5 behind the plate for Covington County.

Newton scored its two runs in the third inning.