Brewton gets two mercy rule wins, takes title
In a best two-of-three game series between the Brewton 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars and Monroe County Thursday in Brewton, Brewton made sure there would be no third game Saturday as they routed Monroe County 13-3 and 19-8 to claim the district championship.
In the two games Thursday, Brewton outscored Monroe County 32-11 and out hit Monroe 31-11.
In game one, Brewton pounded out 14 hits to Monroe’s five and out hit them 17-6 in the second game.
Of Brewton’s hits in the game, 14 were of extra bases while Monroe County only had one.
Brewton coach Steve Blackman, who guided the all stars from Brewton last year to within one win of the state championship, said Thursday’s district championship win was a good feeling and it felt great to be headed back to the state tournament.
“In the first game, we started out slow, but I think it was nerves though,” Blackman said. “I thought Cam (Blackman) started out pitching good. He didn’t have all his stuff but our bats came along. This is a good bunch of kids and they all have a lot of potential and it just makes my job easy. In game two, we jumped out and when we got so far ahead I think we just got content and thought we had it won.
“But once we got all the starters back in, they did their job again. I thought all the pitchers did great. Dylan (Godwin) came in again and did great. Christian (Purvis) did well enough to win the second game. But the bats for us, that is what won it.”
Brewton will now advance to the state tournament July 24 at Wright Park in Satsuma.
Game one: Brewton 13, Monroe County 3
In game one, Brewton used an eight-run sixth inning to defeat Monroe County 13-3.
Brewton trailed 1-0 until the bottom of the second inning when they scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead.
Brewton added one run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead only to see Monroe County scored two in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
Brewton responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-3 lead before scoring eight in the bottom of the sixth to win the game by the 10-run mercy rule.
Hunter Mullins was 3-for-4 with two triples, a homerun and four RBIs for Brewton.
Ryan Hunt was 1-for-4 and Christian Purvis was 2-for-4. Darby Black was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Godwin was also 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Blackman was 3-for-4 with one RBI and Dominique Jackson was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Godwin earned the win on the mound in relief of Blackman.
Blackman went the first 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, five hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out two.
Godwin went the final 1 2/3 innings and walked one and struck out two.
Game two: Brewton 19, Monroe County 8
In game two, Brewton served as the home team winning 19-8 in six innings.
Brewton trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but went on to take a 4-2 lead with two runs each in the second and third innings.
Monroe County cut the Brewton lead to 4-3 with one in the third inning but Brewton responded with six in the top of the fourth to take a 10-3 lead and added five in the top of the fifth to lead 15-3.
Needing three outs to win the game in five innings, Monroe County scored five runs on four hits and two errors in the inning to extend play with Brewton holding a 15-8 lead.
In the sixth inning, Brewton used four runs to take a 19-8 lead and the win.
Purvis earned the win on the mound for Brewton going 4 1/3 innings and allowing four hits, eight runs, three earned, walked five and struck out one. Godwin went the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two.
Mullins led Brewton at the plate again as he hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, inside-the-park homerun) and was 4-for-5 with five RBIs.
Black was 1-for-1 and Purvis was 3-for-5 with a triple and a double.
Godwin was 1-for-5 with a triple and one RBI.
Tyler Dehoff was 1-for-3 with a triple and one RBI and Hunt was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and two RBIs.
Josh Maloy was 1-for-4 with one RBI and Jackson was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Making the team as 15-year-olds are: Dominique Jackson, Hunter Mullins, Tyler Dehoff, Darby Black, Christian Purvis, Ryan Hunt, Cam Blackman, Shawn Lucas, Josh Maloy, Dylan Godwin, Damion Williams and Zack Haveard.
Steve Blackman is the head coach with Jimmy Mullins, Frankie Godwin and Dwight Maloy assisting.
Brewton’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth team was set to begin their district tournament in Brewton Friday night against Atmore in a best two-of-three series.
If the two teams split Friday, a deciding game will be played today at Brewton at T.R. Miller with a game time TBA as of press time Friday.