Lady Bulldogs win 2 Friday; SHS splits

Published 12:39 am Saturday, April 6, 2013

Andalusia softball coach Brad Garner said his team’s 3-0 win over Florala Friday night was the best defensive game the Lady Bulldogs have had this season.

Maggie Lambert allowed only one walk in five innings to get the victory. Reliever Olivia Dixon also pitched well, getting the save in two innings of work.

The Lady Bulldogs got on board in the top of the fourth when Kanisha Johnson scored on a passed ball. AHS (6-7) scored an additional run in the same inning to go up 2-0.

Pierre Johnson came up with a clutch hit later in the game that scored the third run.

Garner said Johnson’s hit and Emily Terry’s play at shortstop on defense were “great.”

Bre Dixon led AHS and went 2-for-3. Abbie Young, Andi Hughes, Terry and O. Dixon had one hit each.

Florala’s Bailea Rickett had one hit for the Lady Wildcats.

Earlier Friday afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs beat Wilcox Central 19-0 in area play.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 13 runs in the first inning and added six in the second.

Andalusia will play next today at 10:30 a.m. in its softball tournament.

Straughn 6, Prattville Christian Academy 4

New Brockton 8, Straughn 3

Lady Tigers coach Trent Taylor said the win over PCA was his girls’ best defensive game “all year.”

“For the past two weeks we’ve been struggling to make defensive plays,” Taylor said. “We had a really good day at practice (Thursday).

“We came out and played like a team who had a good day at practice (Thursday),” he said. “I was pleased with how well Hayden (Willis) pitched.”

SHS built a 4-0 lead, but PCA came back and tied the game 4-4 in the third inning.

Taylor said the girls never backed down given the adversity in the game.

“I was proud of my girls in how the responded,” he said.

In their second game of the tournament, the Lady Tigers cut the game to 3-2 early in the contest, but New Brockton broke away late.

Taylor said Willis had a good hitting game, and there was a late hit by Kristen Peavey.

“Give New Brockton credit, they put it in play,” the coach said. “We are a young team, but they feel like a talented softball team.”

SHS advances to single elimination bracket play after finishing pool play 1-1. The Lady Tigers start at noon today.

-Andrew Garner