Andalusia, Mumford split games

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Andalusia Bulldogs got a big win in the opening game of the series on Friday night at LBW, but Mumford rallied to win the second game and force a decisive game today.



In the first game of the day, the Bulldogs jumped out front early and cruised to a 17-0 victory.

Ethan Wilson got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and retired the Lions in order in the top of the first inning.

Wilson led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single and then came around to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Hogan Nichols.

The Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Mumford intentionally walked Wilson to load the bases with one out in the inning.

Riley Graham followed with a squeeze bunt that allowed J.W. Jones to score.

Will Jones followed with another squeeze bunt that rolled perfectly down the line and didn’t give the Mumford fielders a chance to make a play.

The Bulldogs continued to tear the cover off the ball and were up 9-0 before Mumford could get the second out of the inning.

A few batters later, Will Clark hammered a two-run homer to left center for his fifth home run of the season.

Clark’s home run put the Bulldogs up 17-0.



Mumford took a late lead in the second game and held off final push from the Bulldogs to pick up a 10-8 victory and force a third game.

W. Jones got the Bulldogs on the board first in the top of the first inning when he ripped a two-run triple to the gap in right center.

Nichols followed with a fielder’s choice that scored W. Jones for 3-0 Andalusia lead.

Mumford took advantage of a few free passes in the bottom of the fifth, and rallied to take a 7-4 lead.

The Lions added a three runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 10-4.

Andalusia continued to fight and scored four runs in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions’ lead.

“I really was proud of the way we played in the second game,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “There were a few at bats in the middle of the game that we didn’t do what we needed to, and it’s like I told them that this is playoff baseball and those things come back to bite you. I was proud of the way the kids handled the game, and now we have to come back out here tomorrow and get ready to win one game.”

Andalusia and Mumford will play a winner-take-all game three at noon today at Andalusia High School.

“We really want to thank LBW and Coach (Steve) Helms and Coach (Brandon) Ware for allowing us to use their field tonight,” Dent said. “We will be back at home for game three, though.”