WSN baseball rallies to beat TRM 7-6 Monday; Eagle JV wins also

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Prior to the bottom of the seventh inning Monday night at home against T.R. Miller, W.S. Neal Eagle Logan Williamson was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
After trailing 6-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles rallied with two runs to cut the Tiger lead to 6-5. With the bases loaded and two outs, it was Williamson that came to the plate for the Eagles and delivered a two RBI single to give W.S. Neal a 7-6 comeback win over their rivals and improve their record to 14-4 while dropping the Tigers to 9-3 overall.
“It was big,” Williamson said after the win Monday. “When you are in a slump at the beginning everyone says it just takes on swing to get out of the slump and I guess that is just what it took for me to get out of my slump. It was a great team to do it against and I was happy it came down to me because I guess God answers prayers is all I can say.”
T.R. Miller scored three runs in the first inning to lead 3-0 early. That 3-0 lead stood until the bottom of the fourth when W.S. Neal cut the lead to 3-2. The Tigers would respond with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead over W.S. Neal.
After the Eagles cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth, they held the Tigers in the seventh to trail 6-3 in the bottom of the final inning.
Christian Purvis led the inning off for the Eagles with a single and Bradley Brown followed with a walk.
Purvis then stole third for the Eagles, but a fly out and a strikeout gave W.S. Neal one out left in the game and brought Reid Johnson—who already had a homerun for the Eagles—up to the plate. T.R. Miller intentionally walked Johnson to load the bases. After the walk to Johnson, W.S. Neal got a walk to Brian Settle to cut the lead to 6-4. Keith Bradley then struck out for the Eagles, but a Tiger passed ball cut the lead to 6-5 and Bradley advanced to first to keep the bases loaded with two outs and T.R. Miller still on top by one.
That brought Williamson to the plate and he got his lone hit of the game and the two game-winning RBIs to give W.S. Neal the 7-6 win.
“We were thinking the whole time that if we could get back to (Reid) Johnson, we would have a chance,” W.S. Neal Eagle head coach Coy Campbell said. “They did the smart thing by putting him on. That opened the door for one of these other guys to come in and step up and come up with a big hit and Logan came up with that big hit for us. We didn’t play very well early. Both teams threw a lot of pitchers getting ready for area play and I understand that. That was good work for both teams I thought. This is just a big win. These kids have been fighting all year and I am as proud as I can be of them.”
Johnson was 1-for-2 for W.S. Neal with a homerun and one RBI. Settle was 1-for-3 with a double and Williamson was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Purvis was 1-for-3.
Dylan Godwin earned the win on the mound for the Eagles in relief. Godwin went the final two innings allowing no hits, one run, none earned, walked two, struck out four and hit one.
Keith Bradley got the start on the mound and the no decision. Bradley went two innings allowing five hits, three runs, two earned, walked none and struck out two. Settle pitched two innings allowing one hit, no runs, walked one and struck out five.
Gary McGraw pitched one inning allowing two hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out none.
For the Tigers, Conner Denton was 2-for-3 and Jacob Fillmore was 1-for-4. Caleb McAnally was 1-for-2 with a double and one RBI and Collin Graves was 1-for-2. Ryan Hunt was 1-for-4 with a triple and one RBI. Kameron Winn was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
On the mound for the Tigers, Kevin Davis got the start and no decision. Davis went three innings, walking one and striking out nine.
Denton went two innings allowing one hits, two runs, none earned, walked one and struck out one. Fillmore took the loss going the final two innings allowing three hits, five runs, three earned, walked three, hit one and struck out five.
T.R. Miller left seven runners on base and one run taken off the board after a Tiger missed third base in the fifth inning. The Tigers made four errors in the game.
W.S. Neal made two errors and left seven runners on base and had one runner caught stealing home on a squeeze play in the sixth inning.

In a JV game earlier Monday, W.S. Neal defeated the Tigers 4-3. With the win for the Eagles, W.S. Neal improved to 8-0-2 while T.R. Miller fell to 4-6.
W.S. Neal led 2-1 after the first inning and scored two runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead. T.R. Miller added one run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 4-3 as W.S. Neal hung on for the one-run win.
Cam Easterling took the win on the mound for the Eagles going five innings allowing three hits, three runs, two earned, walked one and struck out five. Dalton Smith was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for the Eagles and Easterling was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
For T.R. Miller, Darby Black took the loss on the mound. Black went four innings allowing three hits, four runs, three earned, walked two and struck out six.
Brett Smith and Cody Smith were both 1-for-2 at the plate in the loss and Black was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

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My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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