Opp 13s finish state in semis; Andy, CC fall short

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Andalusia 13-year-old coach David Jones (left) talks to Daniel Shirey (right) during a Saturday game at LBWCC. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Tallassee beat Opp 17-14 in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth State Tournament semifinals at LBWCC’s Crum Foshee Field on Monday afternoon.

Opp’s pool play action was good enough so that it earned a berth to play in the next round. Opp beat Wetumpka 15-8 on Saturday, and then lost to Sylacauga 14-2 early Sunday morning. In Sunday’s evening game, Opp beat Atmore 13-4 to slide into the semifinals.

The other two local teams — Covington County and Andalusia — didn’t fare as well as CC finished 1-2, and Andalusia finished 0-3 in pool play.

In the last game of pool play on Sunday night, Covington County beat Andalusia 17-0 in five innings.

The following are the games in pool play for Opp, Covington County and Andalusia, including Opp’s game against Tallassee in the semifinals from the tournament:

Monday – Semifinals

Tallassee 17, Opp 14

Orlando Lacey went 2-for-3 with five RBIs to lead Opp. Gregory House and Cutter Gafford went 1-for-3 each and combined for six runs.

For Tallassee, Chase Goodman and Brady Beasley went 3-for-4 each and had three RBIs each; Will Peters had four RBIs; and Blake Dean had two RBIs.

Sunday – Day 2 of Pool Play

Sylacauga 14, Opp 2

Sylacauga scored eight runs in the first inning, and three runs each in the second and third innings to pull away from Opp.

Parker Bracke went 1-for-3; and House went 1-for-2 for Opp.

Brewton 12, Andalusia 1

Brewton led 2-1 going into the third inning, where it added seven runs to take a 9-1 lead going into the fourth inning.

Brewton added three runs, and held Andalusia to no runs in the top of the fifth to claim the mercy rule win.

Riley Graham went 3-for-3; and Chase Hopkins went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead Andalusia.

Opp 13, Atmore 4

Opp trailed 3-1 going into the sixth inning and scored five runs to take a 6-3 lead.

Atmore couldn’t recover, but added one run in the seventh inning.

Taylor McCurley had two hits; and Lacey went 4-for-5 to lead Opp.

Covington County 17, Andalusia 0

CC scored nine runs in the second inning after a three-run first inning to take a 12-0 lead.

The county team added five runs in the third and Andalusia held CC to no runs in the final two innings of the game.

Matt Worley and Garrett Barton went 2-for-3 and had two runs each; Walt Weaver went 1-for-3 and had; and Jacob Hawkins went 1-for-2 and had three runs.

Saturday – Day 1 of Pool Play

Opp 15, Wetumpka 8

Opp trailed 2-0 early, but answered in a big way in the second inning by scoring six runs. Wetumpka answered with four runs to tie the game at 6-all in the third inning.

Opp added three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings, and two in the sixth to take the outright lead.

Hennis Washington went 2-for-5 with three RBIs; Gafford went 3-for-5; and House went 2-for-4 to lead Opp.

Tallassee 3, Andalusia 1

Andalusia narrowed Tallasse’s lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning with one run of its own.

However, Tallassee held Andy to no runs the rest of the way and added an insurance run in the seventh to get the win.

Clay Stephens went 1-for-2; and Will Jones went 1-for-4 to lead Andalusia.

Brewton 12, Covington County 5

With the game tied 4-all, Brewton scored four runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away from CC.

Covington County took a 2-1 lead after two innings, but Brewton scored three runs in the third to take a lead. CC tied the game at 4-all by scoring two runs in the third.

Brock Hammett went 2-for-3 with two singles to lead CC.

Tallassee 13, Covington County 3

Tallassee scored 12 runs in the second inning and held on late in the win.

CC had no hits for the game.

Cole Flurry and Chase Goodman combined on the mound for the no-hitter.