OPENING WITH A VICTORY: AHS downs Brantley in 1st baseball game of year

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Andalusia Bulldogs had strong pitching and timely hits to knock off the Brantley Bulldogs 7-2 on Tuesday night in Andalusia.

Jacob Cravey got the start on the mound for Andalusia.

After walking the first batter, Cravey picked up three ground balls to retire the side.

In the bottom of the first inning, Gill Morgan drew a walk to start the home half of the inning.

Garrett Davis followed with a single and then a single from Hogan Nichols put Andalusia up 1-0.

Cravey followed with a single and then a sacrifice fly from Chip Morgan gave Andalusia a 2-0 advantage.

Brantley got a leadoff single to start the top of the second inning, but then Cravey attacked as he struck out the next three batters.

Brennan Strong opened up the bottom of the second inning with an infield single and moved up to second on a walk to Noah Kelley.

Ayden Amos moved both runners up 90 feet with a well-placed bunt down the first base line.

The bunt proved big as G. Morgan drove in Strong with a single.

Kelley attempted to come home on the play also, but was thrown out at home.

During the play, G. Morgan attempted to move up to third, but was thrown out to end the inning.

Cravey retired the first two batters looking in the top of the third inning, but then ran into a little trouble.

A walk and two base hits put Brantley on the board for the first time, but then another strikeout from Cravey ended the threat.

J.W. Jones came on in relief of Cravey in the top of the fourth inning.

Andalusia added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Cravey and C. Morgan came around to score.

Andalusia’s final runs of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Strong and Kelley came around to score on passed balls.

Cravey picked up the win on the mound for Andalusia and Jones earned the save.

“Our urgency has got to get better,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “I was really proud of the way that Jacob and J.W. pounded the zone. They did a phenomenal job throwing strikes and I thought we did a good job at the plate. In years past, we’ve racked up the strikeouts pretty big and I thought Brantley did a good job of keeping us off balance throughout the game, but we only had three strikeouts. We would like to have none, but having three is not bad especially in the opening game of the year. Hogan did a phenomenal job behind the plate. Overall, I was pleased. We’ve got to get a little more urgent about what we are doing, especially with two outs. We have to get off the field with two outs. We can’t walk guys with two outs because they will come around to score like they did tonight.”