Bobcats suffer 2 losses at state Saturday

Published 12:11 am Sunday, July 14, 2013

Opp suffered two losses in pool play Saturday at the 15-year-old Alabama Babe Ruth State Baseball Tournament.

The Bobcats fell 10-0 to Tallassee in their morning game at Crum Foshee Field at LBWCC. In their afternoon game, which was stopped after the third inning because of rain, the Bobcats fell 8-4 to Brewton. Opp picked up action in the top of the fourth with Brewton after a 5-and-a-half-hour rain delay at Andalusia High School’s field, the other site for the tournament.

Brewton 8, Opp 4

Both teams were scoreless in the first two innings of play before the Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the third.

Opp’s Maverick Ladson reached on an error and later scored on another error to put the game at 1-0.

Orlando Lacey hit a sac fly and Parker Bracke later scored on a passed ball to put Opp ahead 3-0.

Brewton scored its three runs in the bottom half of the inning after a walk, two errors and a sac fly.

Shortly afterward, rain started falling and play was stopped at 4:40 p.m. When the rain stopped, crews got the field in playing shape, but another system came threw and dumped buckets on the field to cause another delay.

At around 7:30 p.m., teams were advised to leave the field and come back in two hours to see if the field was playable. After that time had expired, tournament officials decided to finish the game at AHS because it would’ve taken another hour and a half to get the field playable again.

When action resumed at AHS, the Bobcats scored their last run in the top of the fifth inning when Brandon Williams came home on a throwing error to give his team its second lead of the game at 4-3.

Later in the inning, Opp had bases loaded with no outs, but couldn’t get any runs across because of a double play and a ground out.

In the bottom of the fifth, Brewton’s Austin Holmes hit a two-run single, Jake Najor scored on a passed ball and then added two addition runs — one on an infield single and the other on an error — to end the fifth with a comfortable lead.

Lane Chavers pitched three innings and struck out two to get the win for Brewton.

Lacey threw five innings and struck out six for the loss.

Williams went 2-for-3 to lead Opp.

Brewton’s Dakota Graves and Tim McDonald went 2-for-4 each. Najor went 2-for-3.

Tallassee 10, Opp 0

Opp allowed 10 walks and only managed one hit in the opening loss to Tallassee on Saturday.

Tallassee scored two runs in the first inning, two runs in the third and six runs in the fifth.

Williams led Opp and went 1-for-1.

The regular game schedule will resume at LBWCC later today with games starting at 10 a.m. with Covington County’s first game of pool play. A game was added to the AHS game site at 7 p.m. between Monroeville and Elba.