AHS girls tumble at tourney

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Andalusia’s Abbie Young connects with the ball during action at the City of Andalusia’s annual high school tournament. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia held a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning, but a crucial error in the outfield gave Eufaula added momentum to beat the Lady Bulldogs 7-6 on Saturday at the City of Andalusia’s annual high school softball tournament.

Eufaula’s Emerson Tyler hit a fly ball to right-center and a miscommunication between the Andalusia outfield gave the Lady Tigers a run to tie the game at 6-6.

Tyler then went on to score the game-winning run on an RBI single from Megan Spurlock.

“It killed us in that game,” AHS coach Teresa Herring said about the error in the outfield. “That happens.”

Andalusia took a 6-5 lead in the top of the fifth, thanks to a two-run double from Abbie Young, and an RBI single from Sam Greene.

“We hit the ball,” Herring said. “When they (Eufaula) changed pitchers, it changes up the timing at times.

“We had individual hits, but we just couldn’t piece them together,” she said.

The Lady Bulldogs had a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but Eufaula scored one in the bottom half of the frame and added four in the third to take a 5-3 lead.

With the loss to Eufaula, Andalusia was sent down to the loser’s bracket, where it fell to Rehobeth 11-5.

In the loss that put them out of the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs built a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but RHS answered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame.

AHS couldn’t recover the rest of the game, only tallying two hits against the Lady Rebels.

After Pleasant Home lost to Kinston 2-1 in its first game of the day to send it down to the loser’s bracket, the Lady Eagles fell behind 9-0 early in their game against Opp.

The Lady Bobcats scored six of their nine runs with no outs in the first inning.

“That sealed the deal (for Opp),” PHS coach Bradley Stephens said. “(PHS pitcher) Helena (Weaver), she started finding her groove there in the end.

“We don’t have any depth right now,” he said. “On top of that, I was resting some players, just trying to stay fresh. These tournaments are great for experience, playing good teams. But, you’ve got to play determining the circumstances. You’ve got to be able to play with who’ve you got.”

In other action Saturday morning, Straughn fell to Rehobeth 12-5.