The champs are here
The Andalusia Bulldogs completed the 2016 Butch Youmans Memorial Tournament in Opp with a perfect 3-0 record to claim the championship on Tuesday.
ANDALUSIA 7, T.R. Miller 1
In the opening game of the day, the Andalusia Bullogs built an early lead on the T.R. Miller Tigers and held on for a 7-1 victory.
“We played all seven innings,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “That is something we have been stressing. We have to play complete games, and we did that today against a very good ball team.”
The Bulldogs got rolling in the top of the third inning when Sebaskin Stallworth drew a walk to start the inning.
Nathan Langley followed with a bunt single and walk to Garrett Davis loaded the bases for the Bulldogs.
Stallworth came around to score on a passed ball to put the Bulldogs on top 1-0.
Ethan Wilson then ripped a ground ball to third base that was too hot for the fielder to handle and allowed Langley to come across for the second run of the game.
Will Clark followed with a single through the gap that and then Will Jones plated two runs with a single to put Andalusia on top 5-0.
T.R. Miller managed to pick up their first hit of the game to start the bottom of the fourth, and ten picked up a their lone run of the game on a sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs ended the Tigers’ scoring threat when Ethan Wilson made a diving catch in center to end the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the sixth inning, Stallworth ripped a one-out double into the gap in right center.
Stallworth moved up to third on a single from Langley and then Wilson drove them both in with a triple high off the fence in left to put the Bulldogs on top 7-1.
Clay Stephens continued his strong work on the mound and induced double-play balls in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to give the Bulldogs a 7-1 win.
“Clay Stephens has come such a long way,” Dent said. “He has taken everything that Coach (Tyler) Wilson has taught him and he has just run with it. That’s a testament to his character.”
ANDALUSIA 15, GENEVA COUNTY 2
The Andalusia Bulldogs made short work of Geneva County as they picked up a 15-2 win in five innings.
Geneva County had a player reach on a hit-by-pitch with one out in the top of the first, but Andalusia pitcher Payton Garner induced a double play to end the threat.
The Bulldogs went on top in the bottom of the first when Hogan Nichols drove in Riley Graham for the first run of the game.
Nichols later came around to score on dropped third strike.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning when Chase Hopkins and Ethan Wilson both scored off errors.
In the bottom of the third, Andalusia continued to put the ball in play and tacked on two more runs to take a 6-0 lead into the fourth.
Chandler Jones and Langley each scored in the third for the Bulldogs.
Geneva County battled back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but then Andalusia exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Passed balls pushed across the first two runs of the inning for Andalusia, and a bases loaded walk to Sebaskin Stallworth put Andalusia up 8-2.
Hopkins then stepped in with bases juiced and sent a ball sailing deep to left. The ball rattled off the top of the fence, just missing a grand slam, but it allowed two runs to come in and Hopkins was standing at second with a double.
Graham then drove in one runs and Nichols followed with a two-RBI single to put Andalusia up 12-2.
Andalusia’s final two runs of the game came off an error and a hit batter.
“It’s a win,” Dent said. “We lost our focus a little bit, but Payton Garner pitched extremely well on the mound. He was throwing strikes and he put us in a position to get the win.”