Straughn wins tourney

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Straughn’s Zack Turvin (left) looks for the call at home plate during his team’s invitational tournament. The Tigers beat Wicksburg 13-2 Saturday to win the Southeast Invitational. | File photo

Straughn captured its 11th straight win, and second tournament title of the season Saturday with a 13-2 win over Wicksburg in the finals at the Southeast Invitational Tournament.

The Tigers’ run to the championship game included come-from-behind wins against Eufaula, Dale County and Dothan at the beginning of the tournament, which started last Tuesday.

Straughn went on to beat Enterprise 6-5 on Friday in the quarterfinals, and eliminated Headland with an 8-1 win Friday.

“We hit the ball real well, and made a lot of plays,” SHS head baseball coach John Fussell said.

The Tigers only committed four infield errors in the six ball games at the tournament, Fussell said.

“I thought our guys did a good job of staying focused,” Fussell said.

This Thursday, Straughn (15-3) will begin its area play when it will travel to play Ashford. Then on Friday, the Tigers will play host to the Yellow Jackets.

“Winning that tournament was great,” Fussell said. “But what it all boils down to is that area play begins Thursday.”

Straughn 13, Wicksburg 2

Straughn’s Zack Stinson earned the win for the Tigers on the mound. He gave up two runs on four hits, had one strikeout and no walks.

In hitting, Josh Dewrell was 2-for-4 and had one single and one home run; Luke Fussell was 1-for-3 and had one home run; Nick Allen was 3-for-4 with three singles; Cody Hughes was 2-for-4 with two singles; Drew Jones was 1-for-3 with one home run; Stinson was 3-for-4 and had two singles and one double; Zack Lunsford was 3-for-4 with three singles; Zack Turvin was 2-for-3 with one single and one double; and Andrew Burleson was 2-for-4 with one single and one double.

The Tigers scored one run in first inning, three runs in the second inning, seven runs in the third inning, and two runs in the fifth inning, all on 19 hits.

Straughn 8, Headland 1

Allen struck out six batters, and allowed one earned run on two hits in four innings for Straughn to get the win.

Stinson came in, and pitched two innings, allowing no hits. He had three strikeouts.

Hughes earned the save, where he struck out two batters and allowed one hit in the seventh.

Dewrell was 1-for-4 and had one home run; Fussell was 2-for-4 with two singles; Allen was 2-for-4 with two doubles; Hughes was 1-for-4 and had one single; Chase Short was 1-for-1 and had one double; Stinson was 2-for-4 with two singles; and Turvin was 1-for-2 and had one double.

Straughn scored one run in the third inning, two runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth inning.

Straughn 6, Enterprise 5

Dewrell pitched seven innings, had six strikeouts, and allowed five runs on 10 hits for Straughn.

In hitting, Dewrell, Hughes, Lunsford, Stinson and Turvin were 1-for-3 with one single each; and Allen was 2-for-4 and had a single and a double.

Straughn scored one run each in the first and second innings, two in the third inning and two in the sixth inning.

Straughn will travel to play Dale County today at 4 p.m.