Tigers earn playoff spot with sweep of Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 28, 2015

Barrett Bush was a big part of the Tigers wins over Andalusia.

Barrett Bush was a big part of the Tigers wins over Andalusia.

The Straughn Tigers completed a three-game sweep over the Andalusia Bulldogs with 10-0 and 4-3 victories Friday night at home to clinch a spot in the class 4A state playoffs.


In game one, Shane Jones picked up the win with a two-hit shutout for the Tigers.


Straughn picked up 11 hits in 22 at bats in the contest.


“We seemed to pick up right where we left off last night,” Tigers’ head coach Jim Bedsole said, referring to Thursday’s game.


Lane Sirmon, Brock Hammett, Ty Ballard and Barrett Bush each finished with two hits in the game.


Bush led the Tigers with three RBIs.


Andalusia got one hit each from Brayden Burkhardt and Colton Elmore.


Clay Stephens was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on three hits, and three walks in just over one inning pitched.


“In the first game, we just didn’t compete,” Bulldogs’ head coach Tyler Dent said. “We had a couple of breakdowns, but you have to credit Straughn and coach Bedsole. They were ready to play. They have a good thing going.”


In game two, Ethan Wilson got a walk-off hit to win the game 4-3 for the Tigers.


The game went back and forth the entire contest with neither team able to ever really take control.


Barrett Bush was credited with the win in game two as he threw a complete game, and allowing three runs on six hits.


“We came out flat in the second game knowing that we were already in the playoffs,” Bedsole said. “But we never gave up, and that isn’t the first game we have won on a walk-off. We know how to handle those types of situations.”


Wilson, Ballard and Jones each had one RBI for the Tigers.


“I was proud of the way we represented the game of baseball in that second game,” Dent said. “Nathan Langley pitched his tail off, and Garrett Davis had some good at-bats for us as an eighth grader.”