Andy, PHS girls fall at tourney today

Published 2:52 pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

Andalusia's Emily Terry makes a throw to first base during the final inning of the Lady Bulldogs' game against Straughn today. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Emily Terry makes a throw to first base during the final inning of the Lady Bulldogs’ game against Straughn today. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia had 13 minutes left to score more than seven runs to beat rival Straughn earlier today.

The Lady Bulldogs put up a good fight in their last inning, but ended up falling 7-4 in the quarterfinals of the city’s fastpitch softball tournament at the sportsplex.

It was just a matter of hitting for AHS, who only tallied one hit against a good pitching performance from Straughn’s Derriunna Gantt.

“We didn’t hit the ball against Straughn like we did the last two games,” AHS coach Brad Garner said. “Their pitcher did a good job. We just didn’t adjust to it. I thought we played well.”

Straughn’s Kristen Peavy hit a two-run double in the top of the third, and on the overthrow home, Katelyn Kinsaul scooted in to make it 4-0.

The Lady Tigers added two runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.

In the final inning, Andalusia’s Andi Hughes hit a pop fly to right, but the outfielder dropped the ball to score three runs.

Abbie Young then hit an RBI single to cut it to 7-4.

Garner said some of the mistakes the girls made weren’t because of a lack of focus.

“It’s just that we’ve got to play a lot more softball than what we’re doing,” he said. “Then, the mistakes will get taken care of.”

Peavy and Paige Taylor went 2-for-3 each to lead Straughn. Jacie Williamson and Carolina Fussell went 2-for-2 each.

Gantt struck out two and allowed four runs on one hit in five innings.

In earlier action this morning, Andalusia beat Prattville Christian 7-2.

The Lady Tigers play the winner of Brantley-Highland Home today at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

Opp 11, Pleasant Home 0

The Lady Bobcats scored nine runs in the second inning and made it a three-inning affair to secure a spot in the semifinals of the fastpitch tournament.

“Yesterday, we came out and hit real well,” PHS coach Bradley Stephens said. “Our bats cooled off today.”

Stephens was right as Opp’s Anna Harrelson threw a no-hitter in 2.5 innings of work.

Opp’s Laiken Free went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run; Tori Reisnour went 1-for-3 with a double and a run; Sara Ballard went 2-for-2 with a run; Hope Ladson went 1-for-1 with a run; Katie Spurlin went 1-for-2 with a run; Courtney Chatham went 2-for-2 with two runs; and Kelley Pierce wetn 1-for-2 with a run to lead OHS.

Opp awaits the winner of G.W. Long-Prattville Christian.

In earlier action today, Brantley’s Alexis Wilcox hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over the Lady Bobcats.

Wilcox struck out 12 batters to get the win on the mound.