Lady Bobcats defeat Andy, 4-2

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Opp seniors Kelley Pierce (left) and Laiken Free had a lot to celebrate after the Lady Bobcats’ 4-2 victory over Andalusia Tuesday night. OHS held its senior day at home. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

OHS scored 4 runs in 6th with 2 outs

Opp’s Lady Bobcats scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to claim a 4-2 victory over rival Andalusia on Tuesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the second inning and held onto that lead until OHS strung together some hits at the right time.

“Andalusia played a great game,” OHS softball coach Jimmy Reeves said. “That little girl (Tessa Walker) pitched a great game. We were very, very lucky to win that game.”

Reeves was right because Walker, a lefty, pitched 5.1 solid innings, causing the Lady Bobcats to misjudge her placement.

Walker scattered four hits and allowed no runs to take the no decision.

AHS softball coach Brad Garner took Walker out in the bottom of the sixth with one out and two on.

Lady Bulldogs pitcher Abbie Young came in and managed to get Opp catcher Tori Reisnour out on a pop up.

Whitney Johnson then scorched a two-run double for the tie, and Katie Spurlin added an RBI double to take a lead her team would never give up. Spurlin later scored on an error to make it 4-2.

Garner said he thought he could get Johnson to strikeout.

“That girl fought one off from the inside to score the two runs to tie it,” Garner said. “We had our opportunities.”

The Andalusia coach said he thought Opp had Walker timed up well at bat, thus making the pitcher change in the sixth.

“Tessa’s thing is her speed and her off speed stuff,” Garner said. “I thought they had her timed up and I thought I could change their speeds.

“Tessa pitched a great game,” he said. “I just thought that she missed a couple spots late and I knew she was getting a little tired. When you make the change, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You’ve just got to go with it.”

Andalusia’s two runs in the second came on an Opp error.

Maggie Short led OHS with two hits; Laiken Free had a hit; Paige Johnson had a hit; Spurlin had a hit; and Pierce had a hit.

Andalusia’s Andi Hughes, Emily Terry and Millie Manring had one hit each.

The Lady Bobcats celebrated senior day yesterday, and Reeves said he’s going to “miss” Free and Pierce.

“Those are two good girls and we’ll miss them a lot,” Reeves said. “They’ve scored a lot of runs for Opp High School.”

Opp’s Anna Harrelson pitched five innings and earned the win for the Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Bobcats host Straughn tomorrow night in a game that will decide who hosts the Class 3A, Area 2 tournament next week.

Andalusia travels to play in the Elba tournament against G.W. Long to start pool play.