HOLDING ON FOR THE WIN: Lady Bulldogs fend off late rally by Excel

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs held off Excel in the final frame to pick up a 3-2 win on Friday night in the Andalusia High School Bulldog Bash Tournament.

Sydney Ray got the start in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs and struck out the first batter she faced.

Excel got a pair of two out runners, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to get a ground out to end the top of the first inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, M.K. Salter ripped a pitch up the middle for the first hit of the game.

Salter was thrown out attempting to steal second and then back-to-back hit batters gave the Lady Bulldogs runners on first and second with one out.

Andalusia loaded the bases with a two-out hit batter, but was unable to push across the first run of the game.

Ray stayed sharp in the circle as she retired Excel in order in the top of the second inning.

In the bottom of the second inning, Payton Burden started the frame off with a walk.

Erin Riley drew a one-out walk and then a single from Salter loaded the bases for Andalusia.

Ray helped her own cause as she drove in a run with a fielder’s choice to put the Lady Bulldogs up 1-0.

The Lady Bulldogs added another run in the bottom of the third inning when Burden drove in Maddie O’Conner with a double.

In the top of the fourth inning, Excel trimmed the Andalusia lead down to one run with a two-out base hit.

Andalusia tacked on a crucial run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ray drove in Salter to put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-1.

In the final inning, Excel got a double to start the frame and then another double plated a run.

The other runner attempted to make it to third on the play, but the Lady Bulldogs were able to throw her out for the first out of the inning.

The play turned out to be big for the Lady Bulldogs as a two-out single would have tied the game, but instead just gave Excel a runner at first.

Ray got the next batter to fly out to Salter in center for the final out of the game.

“I thought we played very well,” Andalusia head coach Anthony Mikel said. “The defense played well, the pitching was good, but we didn’t hit the ball as well as I had hoped. That’s coming. Our defense has gotten progressively better throughout the year and we just continued to battle and fight.”