Andalusia falls in season-opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Andalusia Bulldogs netted their first two losses in a season-opening doubleheader against Jackson and Excel Monday.

The Bulldogs fell to the Aggies 7-6 in extra innings in the first game, and 9-6 to the Panthers in the second game.

Overall, AHS head baseball coach Jonathan Rasberry thought his team played “competitively.”

“In the first game, I thought we showed up and played OK against a very good Jackson team,” Rasberry said. “I saw some bright spots from our younger guys, and not so many with them as well our older guys.”

Rasberry said he was able to start four ninth graders in the second game.

In the first game against Jackson, the Bulldogs were tied with the Aggies going into extra innings.

Andalusia took a one-run lead at one point, but Jackson tied the game up 6-6 in the fifth inning, and hit a walk off single to claim the win.

Andalusia’s Robert Woodall and C.P. Rogers led in hitting for the Bulldogs. Woodall was 3-for-5, and Rogers was 2-for-5.

Dilan Manring, who threw out four players from his catcher’s position, was 1-for-4 against the Aggies. Jay Brewer was 1-for-2; Stewart Studstill was 1-for-3 and Quinton Maddox was 1-for-4.

The losing pitcher was Studstill, who pitched 3.1 innings.

Against Excel, Woodall was 2-for-4, Rob Maddox was 2-for-4 and Manring was 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs.

Judd Rogers pitched 4.0 innings for Andalusia.

“You could tell it being the first game with their jitters and all,” Rasberry said.

Rasberry said the “senior leadership” was a big help last night despite the losses.

“I thought the senior leadership was good (Monday),” he said. “I was proud of them as far as the competitive aspect of it.”

The Bulldogs will play host to Greenville this Friday night in a doubleheader. The first pitch is at 5 p.m.