SAINTS SWEEP BULLDOGS: Andalusia falls in tough battle to St. Paul’s
Published 12:04 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The Andalusia Bulldogs put up a strong fight, but were swept on the road by the St. Paul’s Saints on Saturday in Mobile.
ST. PAUL’S 6,
In the first game of the day, the Bulldogs came up just short a 6-5 loss to St. Paul’s.
Andalusia looked to have something special going in the top of the first inning, but St. Paul’s starting pitcher worked his way out of big jam.
Gill Morgan got things started by taking a four-pitch walk.
Jacob Cravey continued the inning with by drawing another walk.
The Bulldogs then loaded the bases with no outs when Hogan Nichols drew a walk.
St. Paul’s then worked out of the jam with a fielder’s choice and a pair of strikeouts.
On the mound for Andalusia, Cravey struck out the first batter he faced before a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out.
The Saints then got a hard hit ball that caused an error and allowed St. Paul’s to take a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, Andalusia got a lead off hit from G. Morgan.
Cravey followed with a single to set up the Bulldogs for a potential big inning.
However, the Saints picked up back-to-back outs for the first two outs of the inning.
Garrett Davis followed with a walk to load then bases and then a walk to Brennan Strong allowed G. Morgan to come around to score.
On the mound, Cravey pounded the strike zone and kept the Bulldogs within striking distance.
In the bottom of the third inning, Cravey picked up a pair of strikeouts as he worked around a two-out walk.
Ayden Amis started the top of the fourth inning with a single and moved up to third on a bunt from Caleb Blackston.
Amis nearly tied the game up on a ground ball, but the Saints were able to throw him out at the plate.
The Bulldogs’ inning then came to an end with a double play.
The Saints got a pair of runners on base to start the bottom of the fourth inning, but Cravey buckled down to retire the next three batters.
In the top of the fifth inning, Chip Morgan reached first base after getting hit by a pitch with one out in the inning.
Davis then knotted things up when he ripped a triple to right field that allowed C. Morgan to score with ease.
Strong followed with scorching single up the middle of the diamond to put the Bulldogs on top 3-2.
Cravey struck out the first batter in the bottom of the fifth inning before a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases.
The Saints then got a double that allowed them to go up 5-3.
Following the double, Cravey struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Andalusia fought back in the top of the sixth inning after G. Morgan started things off with a one-out single.
Cravey followed with a single and then Hogan Nichols was hit by a pitch to load up the bases.
C. Morgan tied the game when he was hit by a pitch with bases loaded.
The Bulldogs took advantage of more pitching miscues from the Saints as a walk to Davis allowed Andalusia to tied the game 5-5.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, St. Paul’s used an error from the Bulldogs to score the winning run.
G. Morgan and Cravey each finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
Cravey picked up a no decision on the mound, but struck out eight batters in the five innings of work.
ST. PAUL’S 5,
In the final game of the day, St. Paul’s took an early lead and held off the Bulldogs for a 5-1.
Nichols got the first base hit of the game when he ripped a two-out double into center field.
C. Morgan was then hit by a pitch, but the Bulldogs were unable to move a runner around to score.
St. Paul’s scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning that allowed them to go up 3-0.
In the top of the third inning, G. Morgan doubled to start the frame.
Nichols followed with a one-out single to put the Bulldogs in business.
C. Morgan roped a single to center field that allowed his brother to come around to score with ease.
The Bulldogs trailed the Saints 3-1 after two and a half innings.
St. Paul’s added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish off the 5-1 victory.
G. Morgan led the Bulldogs at the plate going 2-for-3 with one run scored and one walk.
Cravey and Nichols both finished the game 2-for-4.