Opp tumbles in 1st game of regional

Published 12:02 am Friday, July 13, 2012

Opp’s Dawson Booth tries to catch the ball during action at the Southeast Regional. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Parents were getting restless during Opp’s first game at the 8 and under Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament on Thursday morning.

And they had good reason to be.

Okeeheelee, Fla., sent the Bobcats All-Stars a message that they mean business after posting a 25-0 victory in the first game of pool play action at the tournament.

“You’ve got to hit the ball,” Opp coach Andy Cox said. “We didn’t hit the ball.”

Opp only squeezed in one hit, which came from Dawson Booth.

“We had two base runners in four innings through 14 batters,” Cox said. “You can’t win it like that.”

Defensively, it wasn’t a typical Opp baseball game, as the Bobcats are known for their quality infield and outfield defense.

“I don’t know what it was,” Cox said about the some 12 errors the team committed. “They were just missing it, balls we normally catch, just routine plays. Not to take anything away from the other team, they put the ball in play.”

Vance Sheahan went 2-for-5 with three runs; Logan Szrejter went 2-for-4 with four runs; Nicholas Diaz went 2-for-5 with three runs; and Kole Ouellette went 2-for-4 with three runs to lead Okeeheelee.

Opp will face Heritage Havoc, Tenn., today at 11 a.m.

“I don’t think we were ready mentally to compete (Thursday), but we’ll be ready (today),” Cox said.