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ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE: Andy 12U puts up strong showing at district

The 12U Andalusia Bulldog All-Stars put up a strong fight throughout the weekend, but were eliminated from the district tournament in Luverne on Saturday.

ANDALUSIA 13,

ZION CHAPEL 10

In the opening game of the tournament, the Bulldogs fell behind big before surging back for the victory.

Connor Brooks got the game started with a hard hit ball to shortstop, but the Zion Chapel player made the play for the first out of the inning.

Collin Wheeler followed with another scorcher to shortstop, but the Zion Chapel again made the play for the second out.

Dalton Jackson then ripped a ball to right field for the final out of the opening frame.

On the mound for the Bulldogs, Brunson Wilson dialed up the heater and struck out the second batter of bottom of the first inning.

Wilson then got the next batter to ground out to Grayson Bush at first base for the second out of the inning.

The next batter singled to left and allowed the first run of the game to score.

Wilson continued to pitch strong as he struck out the next batter for the final out of the inning.

Andalusia got some good swings on the ball in the top of the second inning, but couldn’t get anyone to reach in the inning.

Zion Chapel responded with several strong hits and went up 3-0 with no outs in the bottom of the second.

The next batter lined one up the middle, but Wilson snagged the ball for the first out.

Wilson then struck out a batter for the second out of the frame.

However, Zion Chapel rallied with two outs and took a 10-0 lead into the top of the third inning.

Andalusia got their first runner of the game when James Milton Jackson drew a one-out walk.

J. Jackson then moved up to second on a passed ball, but the Bulldogs were unable to move him around to score.

In the bottom of the third inning, Wilson struck out the first two batters he faced and then got a ground out for the third out.

Mason Meeks drew a walk to start the top of the fourth inning and then moved around to third on a single from Brooks.

Wheeler followed with a single to right field to score Meeks and Brooks.

D. Jackson followed with a double that advanced Wheeler to third.

Wheeler then came around to score on a passed ball.

Brooks came into pitch for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fourth inning and struck out the Zion Chapel batters in order.

Mason Sheridan led off the top of the fifth inning by reaching off of an error.

Sheridan then moved up to second when Bush singled to right field.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases when J. Jackson drew a walk.

Andalusia got another run when Wilson drew a walk to cut the Zion Chapel lead down to 10-4.

Talan Worley followed with a single to score Bush..

Andalusia continued to creep back into the game when Michael O’Brien drove in J. Jackson with a fielder’s choice.

An error off the bat of Brooks allowed Andalusia to score another run.

Wheeler then came through with a two-run single to center field to bring the score 10-9.

With the Bulldogs right back in the game, Brooks stayed strong on the mound as he struck out the side in order for the second consecutive inning.

Jacob Sellers singled to start the top of the sixth inning and moved to second when Sheridan drew a walk.

The Andalusia runners moved to second and third when the Zion Chapel pitcher was called for a balk.

Bush then came through with a fielder’s choice to the tie the game with one out in the top of the sixth inning.

A few batters later, Wilson gave the Bulldogs the lead when he drove in Sheridan with a single to right field.

Andalusia went up 13-10 when O’Brien drove in Wilson and Worley with a single to center field.

Zion Chapel got a double to start the bottom of the sixth inning, but then Brooks came up with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to end the game.

TROY 10,

ANDALUSIA 0

In the second game of the tournament, Troy had a big game and pulled out the 10-0 victory.

Troy scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, seven runs in the fourth inning and one more run in the fifth inning to earn the win.

D. Jackson had both of Andalusia’s hits in the loss.

Brooks and Sheridan each drew walks in the game.

LUVERNE 7,

ANDALUSIA 6

Andalusia fought hard against Luverne, but fell 7-6 in Saturday’s elimination game.

Brooks struck out the first batter of the game, but then three-straight hits gave Luverne a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Brooks got things going with a single to second base.

Brooks moved around to third on a fielder’s choice from Wilson.

Andalusia tied the game when Brooks stole home on a double steal.

Brooks struck out the first batter in the top of the third inning, but then a walk and two errors allowed Luverne to go up 3-1.

In the top of the fourth inning, Luverne went on top 5-1.

D. Jackson got the Bulldogs going with a double to start the bottom of the fourth inning.

Hugh Wallace Stovall drew a walk and then Brooks came through with a run-scoring single.

Sellers then came through with a sacrifice fly to cut the score down to 5-3.

Sheridan then drove in Brooks off of an error.

The Bulldogs tied the game up when Wilson scored on a fielder’s choice by Bush.

Luverne scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 7-5 with one frame left to play.

D. Jackson cut into the lead when he belted a solo home run to start the bottom of the sixth inning, but that’s all the Bulldogs managed in the final frame.