Bulldogs drop 2 games

Published 12:03 am Friday, July 13, 2012

Andalusia catcher Levi Peppers holds his hands above his head to signal for the ball to not be thrown at home during his team’s loss to Eagle Lake, Fla. Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia met a soggy end of the first day at the 2012 8 and under Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament on Thursday night at Johnson Park — literally and figuratively.

Rain started falling during the Bulldogs’ second game against Eagle Lake, Fla., and it didn’t help as Andalusia fell 24-1.

Andalusia didn’t get to a better start in its first game, falling 23-8 to Martin, Tenn.

However, Andalusia 8U coach Shannon Glenn said he found a bright spot despite the losses.

“Offensively, I think we did very well,” Glenn said. “But, we’ve got to buck it up on defense (today).”

Andalusia’s only game today is at 7 p.m. against Matthews, N.C., who is 0-1 so far in pool play.

After the first day, the Bulldogs are 0-2 in pool play.

Eagle Lake, Fla. 24, Andalusia 1

The Bulldogs only etched in two hits as Eagle Lake scored seven runs in the first inning, six runs in the second inning, nine runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth before the game was called due to the mercy rule.

Andalusia’s Tucker Glenn scored the only run in the first inning, and Jack Day got the hits for the Bulldogs.

Eagle Lake’s Chase Walden and Alyssa Hall (the only girl on the team who plays catcher) went 3-for-4 each to lead the Florida team.

Riley Kelton, Trey Martin, Blake Lyons, Zayne Corneal, Bryson Walters and Weston Smith went 2-for-4 each.

Martin, Tenn. 23, Andalusia 8

The Bulldogs cut the game to 16-8 in the bottom of the fourth inning after powerful from Andalusia.

Drew Seymore clobbered a triple to right to help get the first run in of the inning. Seymore later scored on an error.

Martin, Tenn. was hot from the beginning, scoring six runs in the first inning, four runs each in the second and third innings, two runs in the fourth inning and a whopping seven runs in the fifth to force the mercy rule again.

Cade Spaulding went 4-for-4 with an RBI to lead Martin. Jackson Abel went 4-for-5 with an RBI; Skylar Riley went 3-for-4 with three singles; Clint Pierpoint went 3-for-4 with three singles; Fisher Moss went 3-for-5 with three runs; Hudson Adkins went 2-for-5 with three runs; Houston Baker went 2-for-5 with two runs; and Mason Johns had an RBI.

Andalusia’s Griffin Kennedy went 3-for-3 with three singles and an RBI; Day went 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs; Glenn went 2-for-3 with two singles; and Terrence Salter went 2-for-3 with two singles and two runs.