Last one standing
Published 1:46 am Monday, July 9, 2007
By BY BRUCE HIXON – SPORTS EDITOR
Brewton's pitching could not solve Opp's hitting and Brewton's hitting could not solve Opp's pitching.
It took just four innings for that combination to lead Opp to an 11-0 win over Brewton in Saturday's District 5 Tournament championship round held at Evergreen.
Opp, which advances to the state tournament that gets underway Saturday at Mobile, lashed out five homeruns and 15 hits overall.
If the offensive punch was not enough, Opp pitcher Tyler Weeks threw a perfect game. Only one Brewton batter, Ryan Hunt, put the bat on the ball against Weeks. Hunt grounded out to start the game before Weeks struck out the final 11 Brewton batters.
Three of Opp's homeruns came courtesy of shortstop Trey Short. Short, who had three hits and four RBIs in Opp's 8-3 win over Brewton Wednesday, hit a solo shot off Hunt in the bottom of the first inning one batter after Weeks had also gone deep. Short added a two-run shot in the second inning and capped off the homerun hat trick with a solo roundtripper in the fourth.
Opp also got a two-run homer from Kyle Marshall in the top fourth that gave it the margin it needed to kick the 10-run rule into effect.
Opp 241 4 - 11 15 0
Brewton 000 0 – 0 0 0
Brewton 4, East Brewton 0
East Brewton pitcher Hunter Mullins threw well enough to win most games, but Brewton pitcher Jacob Fillmore was up to the challenge and hurled his team to a 4-0 win in Friday's elimination round.
Fillmore threw a complete game, five-hit shutout with five strikeouts. Fillmore also got some help from his defense, which erased a pair of East Brewton runners on the bases.
Meanwhile Mullins also went the distance and allowed just four hits to go along with six strikeouts. However, three of the four hits Mullins allowed came in the top of the sixth inning when Brewton scored all of its runs. All of Brewton's damage in the sixth came after the first two batters were retired.
Jacob Fillmore started the rally with an infield single. Fillmore scored all the way from first base when the relay throw after Wes Maddox's single into right field was high and glanced off the glove of shortstop Dylan Godwin. The ball rolled into left field and Fillmore came home on the play.
Maddox, who took second on the play, went to third when Rasheem Thomas reached on an error and scored on a passed ball that made it 2-0. William Whittle then touched Mullins, who had a no-hitter going until Cody Smith's single with two outs in the top of the fifth, ripped a pitch over the left-centerfield wall for a two-run homer that doubled the lead to 4-0.
Brewton 000 004 - 4 4 0
East Brewton 000 000 - 0 5 2