Bulldogs edge Bobcats 7-6 in 8 innings

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Andalusia’s bull pen and three runs in the eighth inning were just enough to edge rival Opp 7-6 on Tuesday night.

“That’s two teams battling,” AHS coach Jonathan Rasberry said about the game. “Every game that we’ve played in the last couple years has been a one-run game, and it’s been close.

“We haven’t been over the hump in the last couple years,” he said.

Andalusia and Opp were tied 4-4 going into extra innings after the Bulldogs squandered a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Opp got two runs on a hit and an error to force the baseball game over time.

Andalusia’s Grayson Campbell came in and got the win in the eighth inning, despite allowing two runs on one hit.

The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Dane Buckelew scored on an error and Russell Moseley hit an RBI single to score Trey Short.

Stewart Studstill came in to relieve Quinton Maddox in the sixth inning, who pitched 5.2 shut out innings of work after allowing two runs in the first inning.

Opp’s Ethan Davis hit in Moseley and Hunter Roeser scored on a throwing error in the seventh to tie the game with Campell on the mound.

Andalusia’s game-winning inning began on a single from Michael McCalman. Two batters later, Will Harrison reached on an error.

With two runners on base, Zach Ward laced a single that scored McCalman and then Ward came in on a sacrifice hit by Maddox.

“We got out of the (seventh) inning and got back in and executed great in the eighth inning,” Rasberry said. “That really made a difference.”

OHS coach Michael Cassady said there were a lot of things that didn’t go his team’s way on Tuesday night.

“We can’t have six errors. We can’t have base-running mistakes and leave 13 runners on,” Cassady said. “You can’t do that and beat good teams.

“One thing I’m proud of is that we battled,” he said. “We were down two runs in the seventh and tied it up. I was pleased with our effort.”

Ward was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, two singles, one double and one run for Andalusia (4-1).

Andalusia scored one run in the second to cut Opp’s lead to 2-1, and added one run each in the third and fourth to take a 3-2 lead, before scoring one run in the seventh.

Short and Roeser had one double and one single each for the Bobcats.

Opp’s junior varsity baseball team beat Andalusia 12-4 to start the night.

Andalusia will visit Greenville tomorrow for a doubleheader, and Opp will play in the Tombigbee Classic this weekend.