TRM baseball beats WSN Saturday at county tournament; TRM finishes second at 2-1, WSN third at 1-2
Published 8:52 am Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Escambia County baseball tournament continued Saturday at W.S. Neal after Thursday’s games and Friday’s cancellation of games, with T.R. Miller placing second and W.S. Neal placing third. Flomaton claimed the championship with an overall record of 3-0 followed by T.R. Miller with a 2-1 record, W.S. Neal with a 1-2 record and Atmore with a 0-3 record.
The tournament started Saturday with Flomaton defeating Atmore 15-3 and continued with T.R. Miller taking down the Blue Devils 13-3. T.R. Miller then followed with a 3-0 win over W.S. Neal and Flomaton ended things Saturday night with a 4-1 win over the Eagles of East Brewton.
Overall, T.R. Miller is now 4-2 while W.S. Neal is now 6-3.
TRM 13, ECHS 3
It may have taken longer than expected for the Tigers of Brewton to take down the Blue Devils of Atmore, but T.R. Miller defeated the Blue Devils 13-3 in six innings Saturday.
The Blue Devils struck first with a solo homerun in the top of the first, but the Tigers would get five in the bottom of the inning, two in the second, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth while holding Atmore to two in the fourth to get the win by 10.
Tyler Dehoff earned the win on the mound pitching four innings and allowing three hits, three runs, walked three, and struck out four.
Darby Black went the final two innings allowing no runs, one hit, walked one and struck out three.
At the plate for the Tigers, Collin Graves had a single and a double and Keion Smith had a single and one RBI.
Conner Denton had a single and one RBI and Black had a single.
Dominique Jackson added a triple and an RBI and Ryan Skinner added a single.
Caleb Dickey had a double and two RBIs and Trey Salter had a single and two RBIs.
Ryan Hunt added a single and one RBI for the Tigers and Ricky Curry had a single.
TRM 3, WSN 0
It is only appropriate that T.R. Miller’s Kevin Davis’ name starts with a K. It would only be more appropriate if it started with 17 K’s.
Davis hurled a no-hitter against W.S. Neal and had 17 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over W.S. Neal Saturday in the Tigers second game of the day.
Davis (1-1) walked one and hit a batter in the win. Along with the no hits, 17 strikeouts and the shutout, Davis hit one batter and walked one.
“It always feels good to win the Battle of Murder Creek,” Davis said. “We came together as a team and played them tough. It feels good. I was just trying to attack the strike zone early and stay ahead in the count. I just wanted to keep them off-balanced and change speeds on them.”
The two teams were scoreless after the first inning with W.S. Neal stranding Reid Johnson at third after Johnson reached base after being hit by pitch. Johnson then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, T.R. Miller plated the only runs of the game as Caleb McAnally took a one-out walk and then Kyle Davis reached on a bunt throwing error by the Eagles that gave the Tigers runners at second and third with one out.
Ryan Hunt would single to put the Tigers up 1-0 and Ricky Curry would later get a two-RBI single with one out to score Davis and Hunt and give the Tigers the lead.
That would all Kevin Davis would need on the mound as he would get 14 of the final 18 outs by strikeouts.
The Tigers collected just four hits, with Hunt having a single and Curry having a single and a double in the seventh. Denton would get a single in the fifth for the Tigers.
“It is always good when you beat your rival,” T.R. Miller Tiger head coach Jim Hart said. “It was a good ball game and Kevin did a tremendous job. He struck out 17 and threw a no hitter. He was on and his fastball was where it needed to be and is curve ball was really good. He did all the things he needed to do. I think he had a hit batsman and a walk. We still don’t hit well enough when he is on the mound. We have to do something about that.”
Hart did say the hitting of Ricky Curry in the game was a “very pleasant surprise.”
“He has done better and hits the ball in practice and came through tonight and got two big hits for us,” Hart said. “Tournament wise for us, we had a chance to win the ballgame the other night against Flomaton. They put the ball in play and we didn’t make the plays on defense. That was a big thing. We had a chance at the end even though we made those two mistakes, we had the bases loaded with one out and we cant get the ball deep enough in the outfield to tie the game up or get a base hit. We will just have to get better in those areas. It is early in the season and I am encouraged about how we are playing and I think we will be fine. I think some of our pitching is good. We have to get help. We can’t depend on Kevin all the time. He will pitch one day a week and we need some others and I was encouraged with that.”
For the Eagles, Brian Settle took the loss on the mound pitching six innings and Tyler Joyner went the final inning.
Settle allowing three runs, three hits, walked four and struck out nine. Joyner allowed one hit and struck out one.
“We ran into a buzz saw with (T.R. Miller’s Kevin) Davis on the hill,” W.S. Neal head coach Coy Campbell said. “He pitched extremely well and he has a special talent. Not only does he throw hard, but he has a good breaking ball and changes speeds well. He just had our number. We had runners on in the first, but could not get them across. I thought Brian pitched well. If he does not make the error in the first, I think it may be 0-0 heading into the seventh. But, that’s baseball too.”
Flomaton 4, WSN 1
In their final game of the tournament Saturday, W.S. Neal lost to Flomaton 4-1.
After being held to no runs and no hits against T.R. Miller in the game prior, the Eagles scored only one run against the Canes and managed only three hits.
Flomaton scored one run in the first, one in the second and two in the third while holding the Eagles to one in the sixth inning.
Johnson, Logan Williamson and Cam Blackman all had three singles each in the loss.
Keith Bradley started on the mound and took the loss going 5 2/3 innings. Blackman went the final innings for the Eagles.
“Overall for the tournament, I thought we played well the first day against Atmore,” Campbell said. “In the game against Flomaton, I think we had some carry over effect from the game before against Miller. We struggled hitting and the Watson kid for Flomaton threw well I thought. He pitched seven innings and threw his breaking pitch for a strike. We need to work on that hitting, but that falls on me and not the kids. It is good for us because we start area play next week and that is the games that count. They all count, but as for the playoffs they count. We will go from there and just try and get better.”