Throwback Thursday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2015

Porter Chambers attempts to gun down an attempted base stealer.

Porter Chambers attempts to gun down an attempted base stealer.

Gary Baumgartner had the biggest at-bat of the night in the Andalusia Bulldogs’ 11-10 extra-inning win against the T.R. Miller Tigers on Friday.


The AHS right fielder drew a bases loaded walk to score the winning run.


In fact, the eighth inning was Baumgartner’s inning.


He made a diving catch in shallow right field to retire the Tigers in the top of the inning. His grab prevented a TRM runner from scoring.


In the bottom of the inning, Trent Davidson came in to pitch for the Tigers and retired Mark Wall when he popped out in foul territory to TRM first baseman Shane Prater.


Daniel Wall was the next Bulldog batter and he reached on a ground ball toward first and when it bounded through the first baseman’s legs he was on with one out.


Ryan Mitchell was next in the line-up and grounded out to short with Daniel Wall advancing to second on the play.


The Tigers decided to play to put Jay Bryant on with an intentional walk rather than face him.


Will Starr dug in at the plate with two outs and runners on the corners with score knotted at 10-10. He was patient at the plate and drew a walk to load the bases.


Then, Baumgartner strode to the plate with a chance to win the game.


He took the first pitch for a ball to work the count in his favor, 1-0. The second pitch was called a strike to even up the count at 1-1. He fouled off the next pitch to fall behind 1-2 and then took ball two.


He fouled off two 2-2 offerings before taking ball three for a full count.


The next pitch was not tempting enough and he took it for ball four to win the game when Daniel Wall scored from third.


The win improves Andalusia’s record to 8-6 and 1-0 in area play.


The Bulldogs jumped out on top 1-0 in the first inning when Mark Wall scored.


TRM went on top 4-1 in the fifth inning after they scored four runs on two hits and three errors.


In the bottom of the fifth, Zach Couch reached on a lead-off triple and scored on a ground out by Gene Pickard.


TRM added two runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 6-2.


The Bulldogs answered in the bottom of the sixth inning when the scored five runs on two hits and four errors.


Ryan Mitchell came around to score after reaching on a walk and Neal Patterson scored as a courtesy runner for Jay Bryant after he reached on an error in the inning.


Baumgartner had a big hit in the sixth, as if to foreshadow what was in the near future, when he ripped a RBI-single into the left and then moved to second when the ball rolled under the glove of the TRM left fielder. Two runs scored on the error.


Baumgartner later scored in the inning on a RBI-single by catcher Porter Chambers. Josh Johnson came in as a courtesy runner for Chambers and scored later in the inning when Mark Wall reached on an error.


TRM eventually got out of the inning, but not until Andalusia had taken a 7-6 lead.


In the top of the seventh, however, TRM scored four runs to go back up.


Trailing  the Tigers 10-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs rallied for four extra runs to send the game into extra inning and then won it in the bottom of the eighth.