Tigers fall in hard-fought contests

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Straughn Tigers put up a strong fight, but fell to Brantley and Dale County on Tuesday in the 2017 Butch Youmans Memorial Tournament in Opp.


In the Tigers’ first game of the day, they ran into Class 1A powerhouse Brantley and fell 5-1.

Brantley led off the top of the first inning with a single, a hit batter and another single to load up the bases.

A fly ball to left field then allowed the Bulldogs to score the first run of the game.

Brantley then took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame with run on a fielder’s choice to second base.

Jacob Hawkins drew a one-out walk for the Tigers in the bottom of the first inning and moved to second on a steal.

The Tigers then got Mitch Schultz on after being hit by a pitch, but they weren’t able to push across a run.

In the top of the second inning, Schultz was strong on the mound for the Tigers as he kept the score 2-0.

Schultz continued to work strong on the mound over the next few innings before a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning put Brantley on top 3-0.

Matt Worley got things started for the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth inning by ripping a single to left field.

The Bulldog left field misplayed the ball and it went skirting through his legs and to the fence.

Worley coasted in the third on the two base error and then came around to score when Clay Ashberry drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

“We just weren’t able to get our hits to fall in safely,” Straughn head coach Daniel Rodgers said. “We were hitting the ball hard, but it was right at them every time. Pitching is what kept us in that game.”



In the final game of the evening, the Dale County Warriors jumped out early and cruised to a 10-0 victory over Straughn.