CC 14s bow out at state

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Covington County’s Mason Wood tries for the pick off Saturday night at the 14-year-old state tournament in Straughn. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Covington County finished the 2010 Alabama State Babe Ruth 14-year-old State Tournament Sunday in a barn burner against Tallassee, falling 14-11 at the Straughn High School baseball field.

Earlier in the day, Covington County picked up its first win of the tournament with a 10-2 victory over Valley Grande.

Things didn’t get off to a good start for the 14-year-old host team Saturday night, as they drew Sylacauga and Wetumpka — the reigning champion and reigning runner up.

Sylacauga went on to win the 2009 championship.

Covington County lost to Sylacauga 26-6 in the first game; and in the night cap, fell to Wetumpka 18-5.

Tallassee 14, Covington County 11

Trailing 4-0 in the third inning, Tallassee tied the game up scoring four runs on three hits.

Then, Tallassee went on to score five runs in the fourth inning, four runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth to get the victory.

Covington County scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI single and a double from Johnny Owens and Mason Wood, respectively. In addition, Taylor Messick scored the third run.

Leading into the sixth inning, Covington County was trailing 13-4, and put up seven runs in two innings, scoring one run in the sixth inning and six in the seventh inning.

Messick was 2-for-5 with three runs; Mathew Barnes was 2-for-5 with two runs; and Owens was 2-for-5 with two runs.

Covington County 10, Valley Grande 2

Covington County breathed a sigh of relief Sunday afternoon when it got its first win of the tournament.

Leading scorers were Messick with three runs; Jerran Williams with two runs; and Messick, Hunter Odom, Owens, Wood, Brett Hudson and Barnes with one run each.

Covington County scored one run in the first inning, four runs in the second inning, one run in the third inning, three runs in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh inning.

Owens and Wood were 3-for-5 with one run each; Messick was 2-for-5 with three runs; and Williams was 2-for-4 with two runs.

Sylacauga 26, Covington County 6

Sylacauga scored 11 runs in the first inning on its way to the 20-run victory over Covington County.

RBI singles from Kevin Lumas and Justin Baker started the scoring drive for Sylacauga in the first.

The game blew wide open after a three-run homer from Dillan McClure to bring Sylacauga’s lead to 5-0 with no outs.

Later in the inning, Everett Fincher hit a two-run single to score Zach Pearson and Hunter Johns.

Fincher later came in to score on an RBI single from Baker.

Lumas and Baker then scored their second run of the inning on a double from Zach McGrady.

Then, another RBI single from McClure sent McGrady home for the last run scored in the inning.

Sylacauga scored all 11 runs on 10 hits and two walks in the top of the first inning.

Winning pitcher Lumas allowed one run on three hits in two innings.

Covington County scored one run in the bottom of the first inning when Johnny Owens scored on an RBI double from Mason Wood.

Covington County scored four runs in the fourth inning on five hits.

In the fourth inning, Hudson, Williams, Brennan Head and Hunter Cheshire scored.

Hudson, Head and Hammett scored on RBI singles; and Chesire scored on an error.

Covington County added one run in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Head.

Wetumpka 18, Covington County 5

Wetumpka shot out to a 5-0 lead after the second inning and never looked back on its 13-run win over Covington County Saturday night.

In addition to its first-inning blitz, Wetumpka added 10 runs in the third inning to run away with the game.

Covington County scored one run in the second inning, and two runs each in the third and fourth innings.