Andalusia splits

Published 12:02 am Thursday, April 12, 2012

Andalusia’s Chase Helms slides home during the Bulldogs’ first game against Straughn Monday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Bulldogs beat Ashford 13-3 in night cap, fall 6-4 in 1st

Andalusia split with Ashford in an area doubleheader on Wednesday night at Ashford.

The Bulldogs fell 6-4 in the first game, but won the night cap 13-3. Andalusia led 12-3 all the way until the seventh, when it tacked on one run to seal the win.

In the first game, Bulldogs coach Jonathan Rasberry said the players didn’t play with enough “intensity,” noting a few errors were made in the field.

“We didn’t have a very good ball game in the first game,” he said.

However, the Bulldogs finished with a regular season area record of 4-2, and will have a shot in the Class 4A state playoffs, which begin April 20.

Andalusia (17-8, 4-2 in Class 4A, Area 3) beat Straughn on Tuesday night 7-5 in the first game of an area doubleheader to clinch a spot.

Rasberry said beating the Tigers to earn a playoff spot was great.

“It was pretty exciting,” he said. “I’m very excited for these players.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to go to the playoffs,” he said. “I think we’ve worked hard to get to that point.”

Andalusia’s group of seniors, who have been with Rasberry for the past four seasons, will have the chance to go out on a “positive note,” the coach said.

“It’s going to be a great experience, and we’re excited to get to it next week,” he said.

Ashford 6, Andalusia 4 (Game 1)

Andalusia’s Quinton Maddox, Michael McCalman and Daniel Henderson went 1-for-3 each to lead the Bulldogs in the loss.

Henderson earned the loss on the mound in the game, and Zack Ward came in to relief and didn’t give up a run.

Andalusia 13, Ashford 3 (Game 2)

Grayson Campbell went 4-for-5 to lead Andalusia behind the plate.

Jud Rogers went 1-for-2; Will Harrison and Hunter Earnest went 1-for-1; Ward and Stewart Studstill went 1-for-3; and Maddox and Henderson went 1-for-4 each.

Ward got the win on the mound in the second game, pitching three innings. Devin McDuffie pitched the final four innings.

Andalusia will host rival Opp tonight to finish its regular season. Both the junior varsity and varsity teams will play.

In between the junior varsity and varsity games, AHS will hold a field dedication for its new dugouts and senior night.