8U Bobcats end tourney on high note

Published 1:10 pm Saturday, July 14, 2012

Opp's 8U All-Stars beat District 1, S.C., 5-4 today. The Bobcats finished the Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament 2-2. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Opp’s 8 and under All-Stars wanted to go out on a high note.

The Bobcats did just that today in its final game of the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament at Johnson Park.

Opp beat District 1, S.C. 5-4 in its final game of pool play action to finish the tournament 2-2.

With this loss, the Bobcats didn’t qualify for bracket play, which resumes tonight.

Opp 8U coach Andy Cox said the boys will take a lot from this experience.

“After last night and that tough loss we had, we could’ve easily just come up today and not even put any effort into it,” Cox said. “We came back today and fought and got a win.

“It feels good,” he said. “I think it’s pretty special to come over with this talent we were playing against and finish 2-2 in the Southeastern regional. I think that’s pretty respectable.”

Opp went ahead quick on the team from South Carolina, scoring two runs each in the first and second innings to lead 4-1 going into the third inning.

The Bobcats added one run in the third to make it a 5-1 game.

District 1 added one run in the fifth inning and made things a bit interesting in the sixth when it scored two runs to cut the game to one run.

However, Opp’s stellar defensive play on the field, reminiscent of earlier in the season, reared it’s head and held on for the win.

“I’m proud of them,” Cox said. “We’re all proud of them. We’ve got great parents and grandparents, great kids.”

When the game was over, Opp’s All-Stars celebrated, jumping into each other’s arms like they had won it all.

Cox said the team loves to win.

“Anytime you can win on this level, it’s pretty special,” he said.

Additionally, Cox said the City of Andalusia as a host to the tournament was “top notch.”

“This is a class act over here,” he said. “This was phenomenal, it really was.”

Landen Rogers, Jackson Pierce, Curt Zorn, Dawson Booth and J.T. Dee went 2-for-3 each with two singles each to lead Opp.

Drew Settle went 2-for-3 to lead District 1.