Opp falls at state

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Opp’s Parker Bracke gets a hit Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Opp’s Parker Bracke gets a hit Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

The game was going Opp’s way through the first four innings, but Mims Green put together five runs in the fifth and sixth and went on to beat the Bobcats 8-7 in the 15-year-old Alabama Babe Ruth State Baseball Tournament at Crum Foshee Field in Andalusia.

Opp took a good 6-3 lead after the fourth inning, where things were looking up for the only local team left in the tournament.

Mims shot out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Bobcats countered with one run in the top of the second to tie the game. The team from Mobile trailed 4-3 after Opp tacked on three runs in the top of the third.

Opp advanced to the tournament quarterfinal round after defeating Elba 13-7 Monday night at Andalusia High School.

Mims Green pulled to one run in the fifth inning, thanks to a two-run single from Greg Yarbrough, which made a 6-5 ball game

Yarbrough’s single came after his team loaded the bases and with two outs on the board.

In the sixth inning, Henry Mann laid down a nice bunt single to start the threat for Mims Green. Then, J.T. Cosby hit a hard grounder ball to put two runners on with one out.

In a clutch hit, Jared Drayton line a two-run triple to left field to give the green team the go-ahead lead at 7-6. Mims greed would add one run later on in the inning, and hold out a late Opp threat in the top of the seventh to advance.

Mims Green will face familiar opponent Mims White at 1 p.m. today in the semifinals. Both teams play at the same park together in Mobile.

Opp’s Gregory House hit a two-run double to put the Bobcats in a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning. Collin Holloway then added an RBI single to make it 4-2.

In the bottom half of the third, Drayton, who reached on a hit by pitch, stole third base and advanced home on an error to cut the game to 4-3.

The Bobcats tacked on two runs in the next inning to take their 6-3 lead.

Mims Green started to chip away at Opp’s lead in the bottom of the fifth with bases loaded and one out.

Orlando Lacey threw five innings and allowed five runs to earn the loss for Opp. Cutter Gafford threw the last two and gave up three runs.

Parker Bracke went 2-for-4 to lead the Bobcas. Lucas Worley, House and Maverick Ladson went 1-for-4 each. Worley had a double.

Holloway went 1-for-3 with a double.