Straughn played their hearts out

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Straughn Tigers played solid baseball as the finished the 2019 Butch Youmans Spring Break Tournament with a 2-1 record after splitting games with New Brockton and Luverne.



In their first game of the day, the Tigers scored early and often on their way to a 14-8 victory.

Straughn got things rolling in the bottom of the second inning.

Dale Coleman was the first man to reach safely as he drew a one-out walk.

Coleman moved around to third on a single from Adam Anderson.

Anderson quickly stole second and then Straughn went up 2-0 when Brady Hamrac ripped a triple to the fence.

Hamrac then scored on a passed ball to put the Tigers up 3-0.

Logan Cobb followed with a single and later scored off of an error.

Gabe Dunn reached safely and later scored off of an error to put Straughn up 5-0 after two innings of play.

In the bottom of the third inning, Anderson singled with two outs and then scored a double from Hamrac.

Straughn continued to do work at the plate as they tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 11-0 lead.

Caleb Meredith, Mason Turner, Clay Ashberry and Coleman all scored in the fourth inning for Straughn.

New Brockton tacked on several runs late to make it interesting, but the Tigers were able to hold on for a 14-8 win.


In Straughn’s final game of the tournament, they fell 24-7 to Luverne.

Luverne came out swinging hot bats as they used a two-run home run to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, Meredith drew a walk to start the frame and moved to second on a single from Bryant Harper.

Coleman then came through with a two-out double to plate Meredith and Harper.

After two innings of play, Straughn trailed 5-2.

Luverne’s bats continued to sizzle as they launched another two-run home run to go up 7-2.

Luverne then took advantage of lackluster pitching from Straughn as six-straight free passes helped Luverne go up 10-2.

They tacked on a few more hits as they went up 14-2.

Leading off the bottom of the second, Hamrac drove a ball deep into the woods behind the fence in left field for a solo home run.

Cobb then reached off of an error by the Luverne shortstop and moved to second on a single from Dunn.

Meredith followed with a big single that allowed a pair of runs to come around to score.

Harper then came through with a bunt single.

Straughn kept things going with a one-out single from Ashberry.

However, Straughn was unable to bring any more runs around to score in the inning.

After two innings of play, Straughn trailed 14-5.

Luverne continued to slug the ball at the plate as they added 10 more runs in the top of the third inning to go up 24-5.

Straughn wasn’t able to keep the game going.