Tigers rout Flomaton

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Straughn’s Beau Spivey dives back to first base during the Tigers’ game against Brewbaker Tech Monday at Opp’s baseball tournament. SHS beat Flomaton 17-7 in six innings Tuesday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Straughn scored six runs each in the third and fourth innings to run away with a 17-7 victory over Flomaton on Tuesday at Opp’s baseball tournament.

The Tigers came back from falling two games on the tournament’s first day to T.R. Miller and Brewbaker Tech on Monday.

“We hit the ball better,” SHS coach John Fussell said. “We played like they’re capable of playing, but we still weren’t focused the whole game. We’ve got to play all of it.”

SHS would’ve closed the game out five innings with a 16-6 win, but an error in the outfield plated a FHS run to make it 16-7.

Taylor Messick and Rollin Kinsaul went 4-for-5 each to lead the Tigers. Lane Sirmon and Keith Edgar had two hits each.

Fussell said in the 14-4 loss to the Rams on Monday, SHS outhit Brewbaker Tech 12-11, “but we had nine walks and two errors.”

“You can’t win like that,” he said.

The Tigers only had two errors in their win against Flomaton.

Straughn led 1-0 after the first inning, but the Canes tied the game 1-all in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers held Flomaton to three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth.

SHS will face Excel in a crucial area game at home on Thursday, and then will travel to Monroe County to complete the series in a doubleheader on Friday.

For the Tigers, things start fresh tomorrow, Fussell said.

“A new season starts Thursday,” the coach said.

W.S. Neal 6, Opp 0

Top-ranked W.S. Neal scored three runs in the third inning and added a few more late to defeat the eighth-ranked Bobcats in the tournament host’s first of three games for the day.

Opp had runners on base throughout the contest.

Dakota King led OHS and went 2-for-3 with a double; Zane Hollinghead and Hayden Nobles went 1-for-3 each; Chris Weeks went 1-for-2; and Ethan Davis went 1-for-4.

Complete game information from Opp’s final two games of the tournament will be in Thursday’s edition of The Star-News.