ANDALUSIA BRINGS THE HEAT: Bulldogs sting Yellow Jackets in area play

Published 12:05 am Friday, March 23, 2018

The Andalusia Bulldogs (11-3) scored early and often on their way to a 16-1 mercy-rule victory over Ashford on Thursday in Andalusia.

Ethan Wilson got things started on the mound for the Bulldogs and struck out the first batter of the game.

Ashford then took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Bulldogs to take a 1-0 lead in the opening frame.

In the bottom of the first inning, Wilson started things with a double and then came around to score on a single from Garrett Davis.

Hogan Nichols moved Davis to third with a fielder’s choice and then Will Clark drove him in to give the Bulldogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

After holding the Yellow Jackets in the top of the second, the Bulldogs’ bats went to work in the bottom half of the frame.

Wilson drove in J.W. Jones and Gill Morgan with a one-out double to put Andalusia up 4-1.

Davis followed with an RBI single to put the Bulldogs on top 5-1.

Nichols then put a charge into a ball and watched it sail over the fence in center field to give the Bulldogs a 7-1 advantage.

The Bulldogs continued to put runners on base as Clark and Chip Morgan each drew walks.

Andalusia’s lead continued to climb when Jones blasted a three-run bomb over the fence in center field to give the Bulldogs a 10-1 lead.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases back up with two outs, but were unable to push across another run in the inning.

In the top of the third inning, Wilson retired the Yellow Jackets in order with two strikeouts and a ground out.

Nichols got things going for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the third inning when he reached with a lead off single.

Clark then moved the runner to second and then an error by the Yellow Jackets’ second baseman allowed the Bulldogs to go on top 11-1.

Jones followed with a two-run single and then later came around to score off of a wild pitch to give Andalusia a 14-1 lead going into the fourth inning.

Wilson looked to get strong on the mound as the game went along as he struck out the side in order in the top of the fourth inning.

Wilson then turned around in the bottom of the fourth inning and got the frame started with a hard-hit single to right field.

The Yellow Jackets’ right fielder came up charging and the ball skipped off his glove and rolled to the fence.

When the dust settled, Wilson was standing on third base.

Davis then ripped a ball into the gap for a double that easily allowed Wilson to stroll across the plate.

A few batters later, Clark scorched a single to left field that pushed Davis across to score the game-ending run.

“The first inning was a little rough and that’s something we are about to address right here,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “Defensively, we have to do a better job, especially early on in the game to get off to a better start, but we are starting to hit the ball and that’s good to see.”

Wilson picked up the win on the mound for the Bulldogs going four innings with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed.

“We are still pitching it well,” Dent said. “Ethan (Wilson) did a heck of a job and so did (Jacob) Cravey on Tuesday in Ashford. They did an outstanding job of keeping those guys off balanced.”