Opp 8Us win district title

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Opp’s Jake Coon (right) celebrates one of his two inside-the-park home runs Monday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Bobcats top Brewton 20-18 in extra innings Monday

Opp did what it had to do to come out on the winning end of things Monday night.

The Bobcats beat Brewton 20-18 in extra innings to claim the 8U Cal Ripken District 8 Tournament Championship at Johnson Park.

Opp’s journey to the title game had to go through the loser’s bracket, where the Bobcats won all three of their games to end up facing Brewton in the finals. Opp beat Brewton 12-2 Sunday night to force the winner-take-all game last night.

With the win last night, the Bobcats won five straight and with Brewton, will represent the district at the state tournament in Lincoln starting June 27.

Brewton tied the championship game at 18-all in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brodie Anthony hit an RBI double to score John Wesley Sessions.

The Tigers then tried to bunt, but Opp’s infield defense was too much as it completed a force out at first to send it into extras.

John Nolen Gohagan and Brady Whigham scored on a sac bunt and RBI single from Cade Jones, respectively, to take the two-run lead.

Like they did through the loser’s bracket, the Bobcats fought in the championship. Trailing 11-5, Xander Scoggins hit a two-run single and later scored to cut it to 11-9 in the third. In the fourth, Jake Coon hit his first of two inside-the-park home runs in the game to get the game at 13-12.

The Bobcats held Brewton to one run in the bottom of the fourth, and took the lead in the fifth at 15-14.

Coon hit his second inside-the-park bomb in the top of the sixth/

Brewton answered with four runs on Craig Blevins’ two-run double, Sessions’ RBI single and Anthony’s RBI double in the bottom of the sixth.

Brewton scored six runs in the first and five runs in the second innings.

Ballard and Coon had three runs each.

Sam Kelley and Blevins led Brewton with three runs each.

In other tournament action, Opp punched its ticket to the state tournament by dispatching Covington County 15-9 in the elimination bracket’s title game on Sunday.

CC, who got off to a great start in the tournament, dropped to the bottom bracket after suffering a tough 9-8 loss after Brewton scored six runs in the final inning.

In other action Saturday, Opp defeated East Brewton 11-2, and topped Evergreen 19-1 in the loser’s bracket.

Andalusia fell to East Brewton 12-6 in early action Saturday.

During the 12-2 victory over Brewton, Opp scored two runs in the first inning, four runs in the third and six runs in the fifth.

Jake Coon, Nick King and Al Hightower went 3-for-3 each; Colby Ballard, Jones, Danford, Scroggins, Trey Bradley and Griffen Pierce went 2-for-3 each to lead the Bobcats.

Opp 15, Covington County 9

Ballard, Coon and King went 3-for-3 each to lead Opp. Danford, Will Boyd, Scoggins and Bradley had two hits each.

The Bobcats scored two runs in the first inning, eight runs in the second and five runs in the fourth.

Covington County narrowed the gap in the second inning to cut it to 10-4 with two runs plated and got within striking distance in the fourth, but the Bobcats widened the gap with their five runs.

Ty Clark and Layne Grantham went 3-for-3 each; Parker Adams and Trevin Garner went 2-for-3 each; and Grant Barnes went 1-for-3 to lead CC.

Brewton 9, Covington County 8

Brewton’s Craig Blevins hit a walk-off single to help his team complete the six-run fest over Covington County in the bottom of the sixth.

In the game-winning inning for Brewton, Anthony hit an RBI double to tie it at 8-8 and Daugherty slid under the tag to cut the lead to 8-6.

Adams scored two runs, Clark scored two runs and Javen Poindexter scored two runs to lead CC.

Opp 11, East Brewton 2

Coon went 3-for-3 to lead the Bobcats. Jones went 1-for-3; Ballard, King, Scoggins and Bradley went 2-for-3 each; and Hightower and Boyd had two hits each to lead Opp.

Opp scored two runs in the first, six in the second, one in the third and two runs in the fifth.

East Brewton 12, Andalusia 6

EB scored four runs in the first, one run each in the second and fourth, two runs in the third and four runs in the fifth.

Andalusia scored two runs in the second, one run each in the third and fourth and two runs in the fifth.

Clark Gay scored two runs to lead the Bulldogs. Bryan Brooks, Sam Jackson, Hugh Stovall and Spencer Stroud scored one run each.