Bulldogs ready for challenge

Published 12:05 am Friday, April 22, 2016

It’s time for the AHSAA baseball playoffs, and the Andalusia Bulldogs are geared up for a tough match up with W.S. Neal.

Clay Stephens has helped the Bulldogs in a big way on the mound.

Clay Stephens has helped the Bulldogs in a big way on the mound.

The Bulldogs will be facing a speedy W.S. Neal team that finished second in their region behind UMS-Wright.

“They have a lot of speed,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “They are going to do a lot of same things that we do (hit-and-run, bunts).”

Dent said that the Bulldogs will have to do what they have done all season.

“Executing the little things,” Dent said. “I’ve said since day one, we aren’t going to out hit or pitch any one with power. We may out hit or pitch teams, but it won’t be with power. That’s why we have to execute bunts and steals and throw strikes.”

After finishing the season as area champions, the Bulldogs are all in for the playoffs.

“These kids are excited,” Dent said. “Over the season, they have really grown as a team. This group of kids and this coaching staff is just a lot of fun to be around.”

For the Bulldogs this season, Ethan Wilson lead the team with a .340 average and driven in 21 runs.

Wilson and Will Clark each have one home run for the Bulldogs.

Wilson also led the team with 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Wilson and Nathan Langley each have four wins for the Bulldogs on the mound.

As if the playoffs weren’t motivation enough, the Bulldogs have a little extra to play for, as it will be Coach Dent’s first game as a father.

Dent and his wife Hillary welcomed a daughter into the world earlier in the week.

First pitch of the first game is set for 5 p.m., today at Andalusia High School.

Game two will begin shortly after the completion of game one.

If necessary, game three will be played Saturday at noon.

If weather becomes a factor, the games will be moved to Saturday and Monday.