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TRM and WSN baseball open tournament with wins Thursday

By By Adam Robinson
sports editor

The 2010 T.R. Miller Tiger baseball team started their season and the Escambia County Tournament with a 1-0 record as they defeated Escambia County 14-10 Thursday at home.
It was the first win for the Tigers in the tournament since winning the 2007 Escambia County Tournament. The Tigers went 0-3 in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments.
T.R. Miller started the game off with a four-run first inning, a five-run second inning, and a four-run third inning to help build a 13-3 lead after the third inning as the away team.
The Tigers caused Atmore to use four pitchers in the three innings.
With a 10-run lead after three innings of play, Atmore scored three runs in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 13-6 before the Tigers added one run in the top of the sixth inning to claim a 14-6 lead.
The Blue Devils would add a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning and three in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut the lead to four runs, but the Tigers would hold on for the win.
Robert Knowles got the start and the win on the mound for the Tigers as he went four innings allowing six runs (not all earned) on three hits, five walks, while striking out five.
Shawn Odom went the final three innings and allowed four runs on three hits, walked three and struck out five.
Corey Rilling led the Tigers with a 3-for-5 day and six RBIs.
Ryan Hunt went 3-for-5 with two doubles and Caleb McAnally was 1-for-2 with a homerun.
Kevin Davis was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Stephen Warren was 1-for-3. Wil Riggs was 1-for-4 for the Tigers in the win.
T.R. Miller took on W.S. Neal Friday night and will finish their tournament with an 11 a.m. game against Flomaton today.
W.S. Neal 3, Flomaton 2
Trailing 2-0 after the third inning, the W.S. Neal Eagles scored three unanswered runs in the top of the fourth inning to win 3-2 over the Hurricanes of Flomaton.
The win improved the Eagles to 3-1 this season.
Trailing by two heading into the fourth inning, the Eagles led off the inning with a double by Reid Johnson and Hunter Mullins followed with a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs.
An error on a pickoff play sent runners to second and third with one out when Logan Williamson singled to tie the game at 2-2.
Dylan Godwin then plated Williamson, who advanced to second on a Hurricane throw and to third on a passed ball, to put W.S. Neal on top 3-2 and hang on for the win.
Keith Bradley got the win on the mound for the Eagles and Christian Purvis earned the save.
Bradley went six innings and allowed four hits, three runs, walked three and struck out eight. Purvis allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning of work.
At the plate, Bradley was 1-for-3 and Johnson was 1-for-3 with a double. Mullins was 1-for-2 with a double and Williamson was 1-for-2 with two runs. Godwin was 1-for-2 with one RBI in the win for the Eagles.
W.S. Neal  will close out their tournament play at 1:30 p.m. against Atmore Saturday.
The W.S. Neal JV baseball team swept Jay Tuesday to start their season at 2-0.
The Eagles defeated the Royals 6-2 in the first game and 4-2 in the second game.