BULLDOGS WIN AREA CROWN: Andalusia makes short work of Hillcrest-Evergreen

Published 12:05 am Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Andalusia Bulldogs clinched the area title with a sweep over Hillcrest on Friday night in Andalusia.




Andalusia opened up the series with a 13-1 victory in game one.

Noah Kelly got the ball on the mound for Andalusia and struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a single to JaCobee Bryant.

Kelly then got Jeremy Dees to ground out to Brennan Strong at first.

Gill Morgan started the bottom of the first with a walk and then stole second.

Jacob Cravey followed with a walk and then a few pitches later G. Morgan came around to score off of a passed ball.

Strong then grabbed an RBI single to put Andalusia up 2-0 after one inning of play.

Kelly gave up a single to Andray Pope, but then Ayden Amis threw him out attempting to steal second.

Kelly then struck out the next batter and then a diving catch in center field from Caleb Blackston ended the frame.

In the bottom of the second inning, Kelly started off with a walk and then Amis executed perfectly on a hit-and-run.

With runners on second and third, Hogan Nichols delivered a two-out double that plated a pair of runs.

Andalusia took advantage of Hillcrest miscues to take an 8-0 lead after two innings of play.

In the top of the third inning, Bryant drove in a run with a double to make the score 8-1.

Andalusia got things rolling again in the bottom of the third inning.

Nichols drove in two more runs with another double and then an RBI single from Strong put the Bulldogs up 11-1.

At the end of the third inning, Andalusia held a 12-1 lead.

Andalusia’s final run came in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Kelly finished off Hillcrest in the bottom of the fifth inning to help led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 victory.




In the final game of the day, the Bulldogs cruised to a 15-1 victory.

The Bulldog used four pitchers in five innings to help them pick up the win.

J.W. Jones started the game, Chip Morgan came in the second inning, G. Morgan pitched the third inning and Amis finished off the final two frames.

The Bulldogs plated eight runs in the bottom of the second inning and seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure the victory.

Amis struck out four of the six batters that he faced.

“We did what we had to do,” Andalusia head coach Tyler Dent said. “Now we are fortunate enough to be able to host in the first round in two weeks. That will be exciting. Like I told them, we’ve got to get better tomorrow because we are going up to play a good Wetumpka team and see what we can do next week to get better going into the playoffs.”

Andalusia will travel to Wetumpka today for a non-area game.