EXTRA-INNING THRILLER: Lady Bulldogs top Straughn in walk-off fashion

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs started off the season with an 8-7 walk-off victory in extra inning over the Straughn Lady Tigers Tuesday night in Andalusia.

Straughn’s Molly Stewart got the contest started with a single and moved to second on bunt from Dallas Mackoff, but the Lady Tigers were unable to get her around to score.

After giving up the lead-off single and bunt, Andalusia starting pitcher Sydney Ray buckled down and struck out the next three batters to retire the side.

Haley Harper singled to start the bottom of the first inning off for the Lady Bulldogs and moved up to third base on a sacrifice bunt from Olivia Amerson.

Millie Manring followed with a line-drive single to center that scored Harper  for the first run of the game.

The Lady Bulldogs added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning when Aaliyah Lawrence drove in Ray and Reagan Clark to give Andalusia a 3-0 lead.

Ray continued the strong work on the mound and held the Lady Tigers scoreless through first five innings.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Amerson ripped a triple to right field that plated Harper for a 5-0 Andalusia lead.

Manring followed with a single to extend the Lady Bulldogs advantage to 6-0.

The Lady Tigers picked up a one-out single and one batter later, an error lead to two runs for Straughn.

Colby Adams then scored on passed ball to trim the Bulldog lead down to 6-3.

Arizona Wiggins followed with a single that scored Caroline Woods.

Wiggins later came around on a steal of home to cut the Andalusia lead down to 6-5 .

The Lady Tigers then tied the contest up in the top of the seventh inning with a double from Adams.

Andalusia failed to score in the bottom half of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

Straughn scratched through first in the top of the eighth inning when Sarah Langford drove in Wiggins to give the Lady Tigers a 7-6 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs quickly tied the contest back in the bottom of the eighth inning when Alana Nettles scored on passed ball after Clark reached on a single.

Harper then came up and bounced an infield single to second base that allowed Clark for the winning run.

“That was a big win for us,” Andalusia Lady Bulldogs head coach Anthony Mikel said. “That is the first time in at least eight years that we have been able to beat Straughn.”

Mikel said he liked the way the Lady Bulldogs started and they way they finished.

“The beginning of the game I really like that way be came out playing,” Mikel said. “We got a little sloppy and lost our focus their towards the latter half of the game, but the girls didn’t give up. There where a lot of things I saw that I like at the end of the game.”

Straughn head coach Kenny Skipper said he like what he saw from his young team.

“I’m proud of the way the girls fought back,” Skipper said. “A lot of young teams like us would have hung their heads and given up, but we kept plugging a way to get back into the game. We have work left to do, but I’m proud of the way we played.”