Tiger pitcher spins gem
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 26, 2016
The Red Level Tigers’ varsity baseball picked up a 9-4 victory over the Florala Wildcats Thursday night in Red Level, but the Wildcats came out on top 16-4 in the junior varsity contest.
FLORALA 16, RED LEVEL 4
Florala jumped out front 6-0 in the top of the first inning of the junior varsity game and never looked back on their way to a 16-4 victory.
Red Level battled back in the bottom of the first with Lee Braxton, Chance Russell and Ethan Edson each coming around to score.
In the top of the second inning Dylan Hobby knocked in Jacob Hammac with single and RBIs from Neyland Stone and Hunter Adams increased the Wildcats lead to 11-3.
Florala picked up two more runs in the top of third from Keonta Sanders and Hammac to go on top 13-3.
The Wildcats added runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 16-3 lead.
Red Level’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth after Kade Green reached on a base hit and later came around to score on passed ball.
Hammac was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats.
RED LEVEL 9, FLORALA 4
In varsity action, Dylan Jordan threw a complete game to help give Red Level a 9-4 win.
Florala led the game off with a hit from Jayce Caraway, but Jordan settled down and got out of the inning with no damage done.
Hunter Carpenter picked up a walk to start the bottom of the first off Wildcats’ starting pitcher Avery McNeill and then scored on a passed ball to take a 1-0 lead. Red Level then picked up a big two-RBI double from Jeffery Perdue to go up 3-0.
The Wildcats rallied back in the top of the second to tie the game 3-3. Gage Thompson walked to start the inning and later scored off a single from Garrett Thompson. Caraway followed a few batters later with a two-RBI double that tied the game 3-3.
Red Level recaptured the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Perdue ripped another RBI double into the outfield. A throwing error pushed across a second run to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Jordan helped his on cause by ripping a triple off the fence that allowed Carpenter to score easily from first base to put the Tigers on top 7-3.
Perdue led of the bottom of the fourth with a triple and later scored on a passed ball. Dalton Ainsworth then drove in Dameyune Scott to put the Tigers up 9-3.
Hobby led off the top of the seventh inning with a single and then a two-out single from McNeill scored Hobby to make the leave the Wildcats trailing 9-4. Jordan struck out the final Wildcat to the end the game.
“We made too many errors and just gave them extra outs,” Wildcat head coach Brad Rhodes said. “I though both of our pitchers threw really well tonight and I thought we hit the ball OK.”
Jordan picked up nine strikes in the complete game win for the Tigers.
“That’s the difference in having a few games under our belt,” Red Level head coach Tony Ingram said. “Dylan threw a gem tonight. We still have got a lot of work to do, but this a great group of kids and they work hard. It’s difficult for small schools like us to really get much practice in before the season because we have some many that just came out of basketball. We kind of have to play into readiness.”