Bunt propels AHS

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Andalusia’s Brayden Burkhardt laid down a RBI sac-bunt in the top of the third inning to score Hunter Earnest on the Bulldogs’ way to a four-run inning in an 8-1 victory over Opp during game one of a doubleheader at Merchants Field.

Before Burkhardt connected his bat on the high-and-away pitch, Ross Graham singled Daniel Henderson home to make it a 2-0 advantage for the Bulldogs last night.

“That really helped our momentum,” AHS coach Jonathan Rasberry said about Burkhardt’s bunt. “He laid down a great bunt.”

While Burkhardt got the second out, Jud Rogers hit a hard grounder to second and reached on an error. Courtesy runner Will Harrison, who ran for Graham, scored on the error after advancing to third on Burkhardt’s bunt.

Rogers later scored on Zach Ward’s double down the left line and Andalusia led 5-1 after three complete and was in full control.

On the mound for the Bulldogs, Evans Barnes had complete control of his command and pitched a three-hitter in four innings to get the win.

The Bobcats’ only run was scored by Holt Hall on an error.

Hall, Zane Hollinghead and Jacob Johnson had one hit each to lead OHS.

With a comfortable lead going into the fifth inning, the Bulldogs (23­­-8-1) scored one run when Rogers scored on an error.

AHS popped up for three straight outs in the sixth with reliever Brady Jowers on the mound for OHS.

However, that didn’t jolt the powerful Bulldogs in the seventh when they added two runs on three hits to finish out the win.

Rogers and Grayson Campbell had an RBI each in the top of the seventh.

Graham and Rogers went 3-for-4, scored three runs and had an RBI each to lead AHS; Ward went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs; and Campbell, Earnest and Burkhardt had one hit each.

Andalusia reliever Justin Scherzinger came in the fifth inning, and allowed no hits and struck out two for the save.

In game two, Andalusia built a 12-4 lead by the top of the fifth inning, but Opp answered with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame to cut the game to 12-11.

AHS tacked on an additional run and won 13-11 to get the series sweep.

Maddox and Smith led the Bulldogs with two hits and three RBIs each. Opp’s Colt Harrell and Hayden Nobles had two hits each.

Campbell earned the win, and Henderson got the save.