Andy hangs 10 on Brantley
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs moved to 4-2 on the young season with a 10-2 victory over the Brantley Lady Bulldogs Monday night in Brantley.
Haley Harper got things rolling for Andalusia in the top of the first with a leadoff double to center.
Harper then moved to third on sacrifice from Olivia Amerson.
With Harper on third, Millie Manring ripped a line drive to that the shortstop misplayed to put Andalusia on top 1-0.
Two hard-hit outs followed to end Andalusia’s opening at bat.
Mary Katherine Salter stepped into the pitching circle as Andalusia’s starter and immediately retired the Brantley batters in order in the bottom of the first inning.
Andalusia got a few runners on in the top of the second inning, but couldn’t get bring anyone around to score.
Salter continued her strong work on the mound and picked up a swinging strikeout to open the bottom of the second.
The next Brantley batter grounded out to Merikal McCaskill at first and then Manring snared a two-strike foul tip for the final out of the inning.
Andalusia went down in order in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom of the third, Salter got the first two Brantley batters out on fly balls, but walked the next batter to give the home team their first base runner of the game.
Salter didn’t let it faze her and she got the next better to pop up behind the plate where Manring secured it for the third out.
McCaskill got things started in the top of the fourth inning with an infield single on hard-hit ball to short.
After a strikeout, Zaria Jones looped pitch over second for a single. Haley Ballard followed with a drive to left field, and McCaskill was able to come around to score to put Andalusia on top 2-0.
Jasmine Bryant then put down a sacrifice that scored Jones to give Andalusia a 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
Sydney Ray entered as a relief pitcher in the bottom of the fourth inning for Andalusia.
Ray got the first batter to ground out, but a single followed for Brantley’s first hit of the contest.
Ray picked up a strikeout on the next batter, but a single and error followed to load the bases for Brantley. The next batter popped out to Manring behind the plate to end the threat.
Andalusia loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth inning when Amerson reached on an error, Manring singled and McCaskill walked. However, after a strikeout to the next batter, Andalusia was called for interference, resulting in the third out.
Brantley began to get the bat on the ball in the bottom of the fifth and scored on a passed ball and a sacrifice to cut Andalusia’s lead down to 3-2 heading into the sixth inning.
In the top of the sixth, Ballard was hit-by-a-pitch to start the frame and then moved to second and third on wild pitches.
Jessica Peacock then picked up a walk.
With Ray at the plate, Ballard came around to score on wild pitch to put Andalusia up 4-2.
Ray then reached on error and Harper followed with a walk to load the bases. A walk to Amerson next put Andalusia up 5-2.
Manring followed with a single to right that allowed Ray, Harper and Amerson to score to put Andalusia on top 8-2.
Alaina Nettles singled in Manring next and then McCaskill came around to score to give Andalusia a 10-2 lead.
Ray got a strikeout to open the bottom of the sixth and escaped a bases loaded jam to keep the score intact.
Andalusia threatened in the top of the seventh, but just weren’t able to add to their big lead.
In the bottom of seventh, Ray opened the final frame with a groundout, but Brantley got a little life with a single from the next batter.
Ray settled in and got a fly out for the second out and strikeout for the final out of the game.
Manring led the way for Andalusia going 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Salter picked up the win for Andalusia with three innings pitched, two strikeouts, one walk and no hits or runs.