BULLDOGS BLOW PAST TROY: Andalusia plays lights out in big victory
Published 12:05 am Friday, March 1, 2019
The Andalusia Bulldogs were solid in every facet of the game as they came away with a 10-1 victory over the Charles Henderson Trojans on Thursday night in Andalusia.
Chip Morgan got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and got the first batter of the game to pop up to Gill Morgan at shortstop for the first out of the game.
After walking the next batter, C. Morgan got another pop out and a strikeout to end the top of the first.
Andalusia got good wood on the ball in the bottom of the first inning, but couldn’t get anyone to reach safely.
In the top of the second inning, C. Morgan gave up a leadoff walk and then a single to the Trojans.
A few batters later, a fielder’s choice allowed Charles Henderson to plate the first run of the game.
Andalusia got rolling in the bottom of the second inning with a one-out single from C. Morgan.
Brennan Strong followed with a single and then a walk to J.W. Jones loaded the bases full of Bulldogs.
Noah Kelley made it hurt when he laced a single up the middle of the diamond that plated C. Morgan and Strong to give Andalusia a 2-1 lead.
Ayden Amis then laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line.
Charles Henderson only had one play at that was to throw Amis out at first, but Amis got his job done as Jones came across to score on the sacrifice bunt.
Garrett Davis then drove in Kelley to put Andalusia up 4-1 after two innings of play.
After C. Morgan retied the Trojans in the top of the third inning, the Bulldogs went back to work with their bats.
Jacob Cravey led off the bottom of the third inning with a towering home run over the fence in right center to put Andalusia up 5-1.
After reaching off of an error, Strong was able to come around to score on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs continued to make the Trojans pay for their mistakes as an error off of the bat of G. Morgan allowed Kelley to score to give Andalusia a 7-1 lead.
Hogan Nichols led off the bottom of the fourth inning with double to the gap in right center and then a hard-hit ball from Cravey put the Bulldogs on top 8-1.
C. Morgan reached first after being hit by a pitch and then came around to score off of an error to give Andalusia a 9-1 advantage.
Charles Henderson got a few base runners in the top of the fifth inning, but C. Morgan was able to keep the Trojans off of the scoreboard.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Andalusia got their final run of the game off a moon-shot home run from Jones to go up 10-1.
“You can’t say enough about Chip (Morgan) on the mound and Hogan (Nichols) behind the plate,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “That guy behind the plate is the real deal.”
Rain came through Andalusia early in the day and nearly caused the game to be postponed, but the senior Andalusia Bulldogs weren’t going to let that happen, Dent said.
“At 11:15 a.m., today we had tons of standing water on the field,” Dent said. “These seniors meant they were going to play baseball tonight and they were going to get this field ready. That group of seniors worked from 11:15, went back to class, came back out here at 1:30 and continued to get this field ready. I can’t say anything about it, but they did. I’m more proud of the fact that they got this field ready and then they took care of business. That’s what I’m more proud of. I’m so blessed to have this group of seniors.”