Bulldogs fight in 6th, fall short to Opp

Published 11:02 pm Saturday, June 21, 2014

Andalusia put together one last-ditch effort in the sixth inning, but ended up falling 10-5 to Opp in the winner’s bracket finals of the 10U Cal Ripken District 8 Tournament on Saturday.

The Bulldogs trailed 10-1 going into their final at bat, and after a team meeting between innings, Andy started showing some life.

In the final inning, Terrance “T-Man” Salter led off with a double and later scored on an error, from which Gage Messick reached base.

Messick then scored on a fielder’s choice to cut it to 10-3.

Andalusia received some life in the inning through some uncommon Opp errors. The Bobcats and Bulldogs kept the game close with good defensive play on the diamond.

Andalusia’s Tucker Glenn reached third and scored on a squeeze play to make it 10-4. Then, Mitch McGlamory walked to load the bases with one out, and Drew Seymore came in on a ground out for Andalusia’s last run.

Opp, with its always-good hitting, shot out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Curt Zorn, Walt Spurlin and Ethan Cox led off the opening inning with back-to-back-to-back doubles; Dawson Booth, Jordan Jacobs and Skyler Stuard hit a single each to lead the inning.

Zorn, Spurlin, Cox and Booth scored for the Bobcats in the inning.

Andalusia answered with a run in the second when Noah Whiddon scored on Garrett Blackston’s single.

The score stayed at 4-1 all the way until the fifth inning, where the Bobcats opened it up with six runs on three hits.

Cox hit an RBI double and Tanner Hall hit two-run double to lead the inning.

With this victory, the Bobcats advance to play in the district championship game tomorrow night at 6. Opp’s opponent will be decided after tomorrow’s 4 p.m. game between Andalusia and Brewton. Brewton defeated East Brewton 18-3 earlier today.

Cox went 4-for-4 with three doubles to lead Opp.

Salter went 2-for-3 to lead Andalusia.

In earlier action today, Brewton eliminated Covington County in a mercy-ruled 11-0 victory.

Brewton scored four runs in the first inning, and three runs each in the second and third innings.

Covington County’s Josh Hawkins had the only hit for his team, a double.