Brewton Legion tunes up for district with sweep
Four hurlers limit Samson to one run
By BRUCE HIXON-Sports Editor
The outcome was a good momentum boost headed into the postseason.
Yet perhaps the biggest thing Brewton American Legion Post 79 got out of Sunday's home doubleheader against Samson was simply the competition.
Brewton's 3-0 victory in the opener and 2-1 triumph in the nightcap were its first games in 10 days and just its second action in the previous three weeks.
Pitching carried Post 79 to the sweep. Brewton pitchers Jake Bonds and Allen Williams combined on a four-hit shutout in game one while Jordan Ball and Jacob Salter also teamed up on a four-hitter in game two.
Two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning gave Brewton (9-10) the only runs it needed in game one.
With two out, Daniel Hodge hit a flyball that was misplayed for an error. That error opened the door for a single by Jordan Ball, an RBI single by Chris Graham and an RBI double by Justin Smith that made it 2-0.
Post 79 posted its other run in the bottom of the second inning when singles by Jake Bonds and Jordan Cauley preceded a two-out RBI single by Joseph Turner.
That was enough for Bonds and Williams on the mound although each dodged some bullets. Bonds got Samson to strand the bases full in the second inning and Williams stranded seven Samson runners in his five innings of work to get the win.
Game two, which was shortened to five innings, saw Samson break through against Ball in the top of the second inning for its only run of the day.
While a key error helped Samson score its run in the top of the second inning, it was also an error that enabled Brewton to tie it in the bottom half of the second.
Ball led off with a single, but was forced out on a ball hit by Cauley. With two out, Bonds hit a flyball into deep centerfield that was misplayed for an error. That miscue allowed Cauley to
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score and tie the game.
Post 79 missed a great chance to break that deadlock in the bottom of the third inning when it loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk to Granade and singles by Salter and Turner, but a strikeout, a foul popup and a flyout kept them there.
Brewton was able to get the hit and a break it needed to win the game in the bottom of the fifth. Turner led off with a single down the rightfield line. Hodge followed with a single into centerfield. The hit sent Turner to third and he scored when the throw in to third base sailed into the dugout for an error.
The hit made a winner out of Salter, who allowed only two hits in three shutout innings of relief.
Host Dothan and Wiregrass will compete in the other first-round game Friday. All four teams will be backing action Saturday. The top three teams will advance to state tournament competition.
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