Brewton Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars still playing at state tourney in AndalusiaPublished 9:41am Monday, July 15, 2013
By Andrew Garner
The Andalusia Star-News
Brewton’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars split their first two games of the state tournament in Andalusia Saturday and Sunday.
In their afternoon game Saturday, which was stopped after the third inning because of rain, the Opp Bobcats fell 8-4 to Brewton. Opp picked up action in the top of the fourth with Brewton after a 5-and-a-half-hour rain delay at Andalusia High School’s field, the other site for the tournament.
On Sunday, Brewton lost to Tallassee 4-0. The loss to Tallassee Sunday made Brewton the No. 2 seed in their pool. Tallassee finished as the No. 1 seed while Opp was the No. 3 seed. Brewton went 1-1 in pool play while Tallassee was 2-0 and Opp was 0-2.
With the No. 2 seed, Brewton advanced to the single elimination part of the tournament Monday at LBW and was scheduled to face off against Childersburg at 1 p.m.
With a win Monday, Brewton would play in the state semifinals Wednesday at 10 a.m. If Brewton wins that game, they will play for the state title Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Brewton 8, Opp 4
Both teams were scoreless in the first two innings of play before the Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the third.
Opp’s Maverick Ladson reached on an error and later scored on another error to put the game at 1-0.
Orlando Lacey hit a sac fly and Parker Bracke later scored on a passed ball to put Opp ahead 3-0.
Brewton scored its three runs in the bottom half of the inning after a walk, two errors and a sac fly.
Shortly afterward, rain started falling and play was stopped at 4:40 p.m. When the rain stopped, crews got the field in playing shape, but another system came threw and dumped buckets on the field to cause another delay.
At around 7:30 p.m., teams were advised to leave the field and come back in two hours to see if the field was playable. After that time had expired, tournament officials decided to finish the game at AHS because it would’ve taken another hour and a half to get the field playable again.
When action resumed at AHS, the Bobcats scored their last run in the top of the fifth inning when Brandon Williams came home on a throwing error to give his team its second lead of the game at 4-3.
Later in the inning, Opp had bases loaded with no outs, but couldn’t get any runs across because of a double play and a ground out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Brewton’s Austin Holmes hit a two-run single, Jake Najor scored on a passed ball and then added two addition runs — one on an infield single and the other on an error — to end the fifth with a comfortable lead.
Lane Chavers pitched three innings and struck out two to get the win for Brewton.
Lacey threw five innings and struck out six for the loss.
Williams went 2-for-3 to lead Opp.
Brewton’s Dakota Graves and Tim McDonald went 2-for-4 each. Najor went 2-for-3.
Tallassee 4, Brewton 0
Tallassee scored one run each in the first, second and third innings and added another in the fifth on a defensive victory over Brewton today at Andalusia High School.
Tallassee’s Brett Jones hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to give his team the four-run edge.
Brewton tried to score a run in the top of the sixth, but the run didn’t count because the hitter — Tim McDonald — used an illegal bat. The protest committee from both teams, umpires, coaches and tournament officials visited behind home plate because of the illegal bat.
McDonald was called out after his hit—an RBI single to score Malcolm Hawthorne. Hawthorne had to go back to third base.
Hawthorne, McDonald and Lane Chavers went 1-for-3 each to lead Brewton. Colton Morris went 1-for-2.
Dylan Davidson went 1-for-2; Jones and Booh Roberts went 2-for-3 each to lead Tallassee.