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County 15s win district

Opp’s Kyle Marshall gets tagged out at third base last Thursday night in the first round of the district tournament. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The Covington County 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars baseball team earned their right to play at the state tournament in Satsuma later this month, after claiming the 2010 district tournament title last weekend in Opp.

Covington County started the tournament with a 13-1 blast over tournament host Opp; beating Elba 16-0 in the semi-final round; and defeating Opp in the championship game, 8-4.

Opp’s trip in the loser’s bracket ended with a 15-5 win over New Brockton; a 14-5 win over Ariton; and then a 14-3 win over Elba to play in the championship game.

The following is a game-by-game breakdown from last weekend’s tournament in Opp, starting with the championship game:

Covington County 8, Opp 4

Trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning, Covington County cut Opp’s lead to two runs with an RBI double from Christopher Watson to score Keith Edgar. Edgar reached on base with a double.

In the sixth inning, Covington County tied the game up scoring two runs on a two-run home run from Troy Nolen.

That set the tone for the rest of the game as Covington Countys scored an additional four runs in the seventh inning to put away the game and win the title.

Opp drew first blood in the third inning on a double from E. Davis.

Davis laster scored on a fielder’s choice.

Opp scored two its last two runs in the fourth inning on an error and a double, respectively.

Covington County scored its first run in the fourth when Hunter Weaver came in on a sac fly.

Opp 15, New Brockton 5

Opp’s T.J. Bess scored four runs to help lead his team to the 10-run win over New Brockton Friday night.

Bess’ first run came in the first inning on a sac fly from S. Parrish. He scored his second run in the second inning when T. Weeks singled him home. The third and fourth runs came in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

In the third inning, Bess scored on a passed ball. In the fourth, he scored on a sac fly from Parrish.

Other leading scorers for Opp include E. Davis and K. Marshall with three runs each; and R. Moseley and D. King with two runs each.

New Brockton scored all five of their runs in the first inning on two hits.

Opp 14, Ariton 5

Opp allowed five runs in another double-digit defeat Saturday afternoon — this time over Ariton.

Ariton took an early 3-0 lead after the first inning, but Opp regrouped and cut Ariton’s lead to one run in the second inning when Marshall and B. Jones scored on a double from H. Nobles.

While Ariton added one run in the third inning, Opp answered with two runs to tie the game up at 4-4 heading into the fourth inning.

In the fourth inning, Opp blew the game wide open outscoring Ariton 9-1.

Davis, Marshall, Moseley (2), Nobles (2), King, Weeks and Jones scored in the fourth on four hits.

To cap the game off, Opp scored one run in the fifth inning on a single from Marshall.

Covington County 16, Elba 0

Before Elba was knocked down to the loser’s bracket Saturday morning, Covington County wanted to send them off in style with a 16-run rout.

Covington County’s impressive nine runs scored in the third inning got started with the help of a two-run home run from Jordan Walker.

Then, Weaver (2), Greathouse, John Newby, Ty Hammett, Lucas Lumpkin, Edgar and Walker scored on two hits and three walks.

The four runs in the fourth inning came on two fielder’s choices, two walks and a single.

Opp 14, Elba 3

Trailing 3-0 in the fourth inning, Opp tied the game up and then added six runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning to get the win.

In the fifth inning, Opp’s Marshall, Moseley, Nobles, Bess, Weeks and Jones scored one run each on one hit and five walks.

Leading scorers for Opp include Weeks and Jones with three runs each; Bess and King with two runs each; and Marshall, Moseley and Nobles with one run each.

Editor’s note: The number inside of the parentheses next to player’s names are the number of runs they scored in the inning. In addition, complete names of players were not available when the Star-News went to press Tuesday, and Opp recreation director Josh Kyser contributed to this report.