Strong start lifts Red Level past Florala

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Red Level Tigers’ baseball team improved to 2-6 on the season with a 16-3 victory over the Florala Wildcats Tuesday night in Florala.

Red Level got things started off in the top of the first inning with Hunter Carpenter drawing a walk.

On the mound for the Wildcats, Jayce Caraway was aware of Carpenter’s speed and sent him sliding back to first with a pickoff attempt. Carpenter was safe on the attempt. Carpenter then put the wheels to work and stole second and third on consecutive pitches.

Dylan Jordan then hammered a ball to second allowing Carpenter to come around to score. An error on the throw to first allowed Jordan to reach second.

After Caraway got Colten Dorman to fly out, Jordan stole second and moved up to third on an error off the bat of Jeffery Perdue.

Dalton Ainsworth then delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Caraway then got a strikeout to end the threat.

Perdue got start on the hill for the Tigers and got his counterpart Caraway to groundout for the first out of the inning.

Trey Burlson came up and dropped down bunt single to get things rolling for the Wildcats.

Burlson moved up to second on error and moved up to third on a dropped third strike.

With two outs, Ellis McDaniel hit a line drive to center, scoring Burlson for the Wildcats’ first run of the game.

Red Level loaded the bases to start the bottom of the second inning with a hit from Cale Mancill and walks to Javarius Grooms and Jachen Hartz.

A line drive double from Carpenter followed that allowed Mancil and Grooms cross the plate.

Caraway got the next two batters to strikeout, but on the second the ball got away from catcher allowing Dorman to reach first and load the bases for Perdue.

Perdue produced a sacrifice fly that scored Hartz.

Caraway got the next batter to strikeout, but the Tigers led 5-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning.

Perdue retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the second inning, including a pair of strikeouts.

Red Level added to their lead in the top of the third when Hartz singled in Scott and Carpenter drove in Mancill with a single.

Carpenter and Jordan each game around to score on an error to give the Red Level a 10-1 lead.

McNeill got the Wildcats fighting back into the game when he drove in Caraway with rip to center for a single. Avery later came around to score on error, and after three innings of play the Tigers were on top 10-3.

The Tigers got another run in the top of the fourth inning when Jordan drove in Grooms with a RBI single.

In the bottom of the fourth, Perdue sat the Wildcats down in order.

Perdue then doubled to lead off the top of the fifth inning and came around to score on ground out from Dameyune Scott.

Perdue continued to work hard on the mound and picked up two more strikeouts in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth inning, Hartz and Carpenter scored on single from Jordan and then Dylan Scruggs scored off an error to put the Tigers up 16-3.

Perdue picked up two more strikeouts and retired the Wildcats in order in the bottom of the sixth to give Red Level a 16-3 victory.

Jordan finished the night 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Carpenter was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Perdue picked up the win on the mound going all six inning allowing five hits, three unearned runs and striking out nine batters in the process.


Cale Mancill gets hit during a recent game.

Cale Mancill gets hit during a recent game.