WSN Eagles finish own tourney at 2-1 and take second place to Flomaton
Published 3:24 pm Monday, February 28, 2011
In their own Eagle Classic Friday and Saturday in East Brewton, the W.S. Neal Eagle baseball team went 2-1 to finish in second place. With the 2-1 tournament record, W.S. Neal’s overall record is now 3-1.
W.S. Neal started the tournament with a 7-4 win over Jay Friday night. Saturday morning, the Eagles lost to Flomaton 8-1 but ended the tournament with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Northview 10-9.
Friday: WSN 7, Jay 4
Trailing 4-3 after the top of the sixth inning, the W.S. Neal Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to get a 7-4 win over the Jay Royals.
Jay led 1-0 after the first inning until W.S. Neal scored two in the bottom of the third.
Both teams scored one run each in the fifth as the Eagles took a 3-2 lead.
Jay scored two in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead until the Eagles scored four in the sixth.
Dylan Godwin earned the win on the mound for W.S. Neal going the complete game and allowing six hits, seven walks, struck out 10, and allowed four earned runs.
Damion Williams was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Reid Johnson was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Hunter Mullins was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Logan Williamson and Keith Bradley were both 1-for-3.
Saturday: Flomaton 8, WSN 1
One bad inning Saturday morning against Flomaton led to an 8-1 loss for the W.S. Neal Eagles and their first loss of the season.
Cruising along in a 0-0 game and starting Eagle pitcher Keith Bradley having a no hitter on the mound, Flomaton batted around in the sixth inning and scored six runs on six hits and one Eagle error to lead to their seven-run win over W.S. Neal.
Flomaton would later add two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-0 lead and held W.S. Neal to one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Bradley took the loss on the mound going 5 2/3 innings allowing five runs, five hits, struck out five and hit one.
Gary McGraw went 2/3 of an inning and allowed one hit, two runs, walked three and struck out five and hit one.
Hayden Cooper went the final 2/3 of an inning allowing one hit, one run, walked two and struck out one.
At the plate, Hunter Mullins, Damion Williams, Reid Johnson, and Dylan Godwin were all 1-for-3. Brian Settle was 1-for-3 with a double and Cam Blackman had one RBI.
Saturday: WSN 10, Northview 9
In the final game of the tournament, W.S. Neal rallied in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to get a 10-9 win over Northview.
After leading 4-0 after the third inning, W.S. Neal saw themselves fall behind 9-4 after the top of the sixth inning after surrendering one run in the fourth, four in the fifth, and four in the sixth to the Chiefs.
After holding in the top of the seventh, W.S. Neal entered their final at bat down 9-7.
After one out to start the inning, W.S. Neal got a single and a hit-by-pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. A strikeout and a walk later loaded the bases with two outs and brought Jeremy Myers to the plate who delivered a bases clearing hit to give W.S. Neal the win by one.
“My mindset was that I was going to hit that ball and we were going to win,” Myers said. “I had a lot of adrenaline and that was probably the fastest I have ever run this is a big win for us.”
Myers finished the day going 1-for-3 with the three RBIs to lead W.S. Neal in the win. Johnson also led W.S. Neal with a 2-for-4 game including a solo homerun off the scoreboard.
Mullins was 1-for-4 with one RBI and Williams added one RBI.
Logan Williamson was 1-for-4 and Cam Blackman and Tyler Sawyer were both 1-for-3 with Blackman having an RBI.
The Eagles used four pitchers in the game with Brian Settle starting. Settle went 3 2/3 innings allowing one run, two hits, walked four and struck out five.
Blackman went 1/3 of an inning and allowed four runs, walked four and struck out one.
Myers went one inning allowing two runs, two hits, walked and struck out one.
Christian Purvis earned the win in relief going the final two innings allowing two runs, two hits, walked two and struck out three.
“That was a big hit by Jeremy Myers,” W.S. Neal head coach Coy Campbell said after a sigh of relief. “We never quit and we battled back. We didn’t play real well but that showed a lot about our kids. We are young and at the same time, a lot of those same guys played for us and started last year. We just showed a lot to battle and for them to never quit, we played well to fight back and I am proud of them.”
Against Jay Friday night, Campbell said that was the best game his team played this year and Jay played well too.
“It was back-and-forth all the way to the sixth inning and once again we were down in the sixth and we fought back and scored four runs,” Campbell said. “Dylan Godwin pitched an outstanding game for us. He was a bulldog out there for us. It seemed like we face everyone’s number one pitcher this weekend. That is a good thing for us because it helps us get ready for area play.”
In the Saturday morning game against Flomaton, Campbell said the sixth inning was the bad inning for the Eagles.
“We had a no hitter into the sixth with Keith Bradley on the mound and the wheels just fell off,” Campbell said. “They got four or five hits and then it’s 6-0 and we had to go into the (bull) pen and we had trouble finding the strike zone. But overall this weekend, we got a lot of guys on the mound and we got an idea of what we wanted to see, where we were at, and what we need to work on. To come out 2-1 and finish second, I am pleased with our kids. They sure played hard this weekend.”