9-10 County All-Stars earn state berth

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Covington County 9-and-10-year-old All-Stars. Front row from L to R: Corey Matrullo, Justin Peeples, J.P. Thomasson, Matt Cook, Trystian Barber, Gill Morgan and Aaron Warthen. Middle row from L to R: Parker Grooms, Nathan Greathouse, Hogan Nichols, Ethan Wilson and Allan George. Back row from L to R: Coaches Todd Nichols, Phillip Morgan and Joe Peeples. | Courtesy photo

There was no “if game” necessary for the 9-and-10-year-old Covington County All-Stars baseball team this weekend.

Covington County went on to beat South Alabama 12-4 Friday night and 11-1 Saturday to claim the district tournament title at the Andalusia Sports Complex.

Covington County will play at the state tournament in Florence next weekend.

Covington County 11, South Alabama 1

Covington County’s Corey Matrullo and Ethan Wilson were 2-for-4 with two runs and three runs, respectively, to help lead their team to the 12-run championship victory Saturday.

Covington County got off to a good start in the first inning scoring six runs compared to South Alabama’s zero.

Other than Matrullo and Wilson, Allen George, Hogan Nichols, Trystian Barber and Gill Morgan scored in the first inning for Covington County.

In the second inning, Covington County added two runs on one double and two singles.

Barber singled Wilson in, and Morgan singled in Aaron Warthen to put their team ahead 8-1.

South Alabama got on board in the second inning when Joshua Jones scored on a wild pitch.

Covington County then scored two runs in the third inning and one run in the fourth inning to pull away with a 10-run mercy rule win.

Covington County 12, South Alabama 4

Covington County scored one run in the first inning, four runs in the second inning, four runs in the third inning and three runs in the sixth inning in the first round win over South Alabama Friday night.

South Alabama scored its only runs in the fifth inning. Grant Holley, B.J. Anderson, Jones and Branston Wallace scored in the fifth inning.

Covington County’s Matrullo, Allen George, Nichols and Morgan scored one run each; Barber and Justin Peeples scored three runs each; and Matt Cook scored two runs in the win.