In full swingPublished 10:18am Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Area teams went a combined 0-8 in this weekend’s Cal Ripken state Tee-ball tournament in Atmore.
The Atmore All-Stars and PCI All-Stars each went 0-4 Saturday and Sunday with the eventual champions Westside, out of Mobile, taking the title with an extra innings victory over Monrovia American.
Despite the loses for local teams, District Commissioner Murray Johnson said the tournament was good for the teams and the city.
“This is the first time that the tee-ball state tournament played on a full-sized field has ever been held in Atmore,” Johnson said. “It has given our 5-and-6 year-olds an opportunity to participate in something they might not get to do again.”
In all, he said, 26 local children as part of two teams participated in the tournament.
He said he brought the tournament to Atmore to help local merchants. The event hosted seven teams of players, coaches and parents that spent up to three nights in local hotels and restaurants.
“It helped our city and allowed our kids to participate in a tournament,” he said.
Atmore opened the tournament with a 25-15 loss against the tournament runners up.
Monrovia scored with one out in the top of the third to take a 16-11 lead over Atmore. A two-out score made it 17-11 before the half-inning ended.
Harper Harrison, Atmore’s first batter of the bottom of the third reached on an error and later scored to make it 17-12. The inning ended with Monrovia leading 17-15.
Monrovia scored eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to put the game away.
Atmore’s Tanner Sanspree, Luke Chavers and Gabe Hooks each singled, but were left stranded in the bottom of the fourth.
PCI loses to Sylacauga
PCI’s Daygen Slate started things off with a single in the top of the first inning. Ethan Pickern tripled to score him to give PCI a quick 1-0 lead. Kenna Alverson singled to score Pickern and put PCI up 2-0.
A double by Blaize Thomas scored Alverson, which added to the PCI lead with no outs. Breeze Wornock hit into a fielder’s choice, which led to Thomas being thrown out at first for one out.
Wornock moved to third on a single by Tyee Rolin and later scored when Crimson Cook hit into a fielder’s choice. Rolin was thrown out at home plate to end the top of the first with a 4-0 PCI lead.
Wornock, PCI second baseman, got the first out for the team in the bottom of the first when she stabbed a line drive headed for the outfield. Sylacauga scored its first run on a home run cutting the PCI lead to 4-1. Sylacauga quickly tied the game with one out.
During the next at-bat Wornock grabbed another line drive for the team’s second out. Thomas made the team’s third out to get out of the first tied at 4 runs apiece.
Jamison McGhee and Ben Moye both singled to get things started for PCI in the top of the second. McGhee was rundown for a first out while running to third.
Adaline Dortch and Lagan Rolin singled to load the bases for PCI. Slate tripled during the next at-bat to score Moye and Dortch and give PCI a 6-4 lead. Pickern singled to score Slate to increase the lead to 7-4. Alverson hit into a fielder’s choice and Pickern was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Sylacauga added eight runs in the bottom of the second to end the inning and take a 12-7 lead in to the third.
Thomas hit a home run to start things off for PCI and cut the lead to 12-8. Wornock reached on an error and Rolin was the first out in the top of the third.
Cook singled and later scored to make it 12-10 Sylacauga. McGhee scored to make it 12-11. Dortch singled, but was stranded after Lagan Rolin became the third out.
Sylacauga scored three quick runs in the bottom of the third to take a 15-11 lead. PCI’s Wornock made another catch for the first out of the inning.
Sylacauga scored two more runs in the half-inning before the last two outs of the inning were recorded. Sylacauga led 17-11.
Slate singled to lead off the top of the fourth for PCI, but Pickern hit into a fielder’s choice that resulted in Slate being thrown out at second. Alverson doubled before
Thomas hit a home run that cleared the bases. PCI cut the lead to 17-14.
Sylacauga quickly scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 19-14 lead.
They tacked on two more for a 21-14 lead with no outs before taking a 25-14 lead that ended the game.
Atmore lost the late game Saturday 36-35 to Ashland.
Atmore loses 24-9 to eventual champs
The Atmore tee-ball all-stars lost their first game Sunday to Westside.
Santae McWilliams scored on a leadoff home run for Westside to give the Mobile team its first lead in a game in which they never trailed. Brayden Slay doubled and T.J. Caesar plated to score him to give Westside a 2-0 lead.
Spencer Stewart hit a home run to clear the bases and give Westside a 4-0 lead. Jack Blockerby tripled and Matt Hopkinson hit a home run to go up 6-0.
Brayden Mecon singled and Dylan Case doubled for Westside before Collins Merritt doubled to end the inning on a run rule. Westside led 8-0.
Atmore was able to tie it up in the bottom of the first with a single from Jovan Brown and a triple by Tanner Sanspree to help cut into the lead at 8-1. After an out, Luke Chavers doubled and Gabe Hooks singled to make it 8-3 Westside.
Harper Harrison hit a two-out triple that scored Hooks and made it 8-4. Jamarion Hooks singled scoring Harrison at 8-5. Quay McCants doubled, Lorenzo Arnold tripled and Ronta Watson doubled to clear the bases and tie the game at eight runs apiece.
Lack of defense hurt Atmore again in the top of the second as they allowed their second-consecutive run-rule inning.
Maddox McKinnon singled and Ben Alex Phi doubled to put Westside up 9-8. McWilliams singled before Atmore made its first out of the game on a lineout from Slay.
Caesar and Stewart each singled, scoring McWilliams. Blockerby doubled and Hopkinson tripled before Mecon singled. Westside led 16-8 after the half-inning.
Brown hit a one-out single for Atmore before Sanspree singled and Chavers doubled, scoring Brown to make it 16-9 after two.
Merrit started things off in the third with a single for Westside. McKinnon doubled and Phi hit a home run to clear the bases and give Westside a 19-9 lead. McWilliams and Slay each singled before Stewart tripled to clear the bases, increasing the lead to 21-9. Hopkinson and Mecon each singled before Case singled to give Westside 24 runs.
Atmore was held scoreless in the third to give Westside the win.
Atmore loses 20-5 to Matthews
In a tough weekend draw, Atmore faced yet another tournament semifinalist in pool play, losing 20-5 to Matthews, out of Mobile.
Sanspree and Hooks singled, but Sanspree was thrown out at first. Ty McCants singled and Brodie Phillips singled with two outs to give Atmore a 2-0 lead. Jamarion Hooks and Harrison singled to score Ty McCants to increase the lead to 3-0 before the half-inning ended.
Kristopher Rahalley hit a home run to cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the first. Seth Kidd and Will Spivey Singled before Kidd was thrown out for the first out. Miller Stokes doubled to score Spivey and Taylor O’Dell for a 3-3 tie.
Kolin Wilson singled during the next at-bat and Fred Bonner doubled. Damien Gatson and Adyn Scott both singled before Austin Bunlivan tripled to give Matthews an 8-3 lead.
Chavers singled before Quay McCants hit a two-run home run before the inning ended. Matthews led 8-5.
The Mobile team reached its run limit again in the bottom of the second. The inning started with single by Ethan McLanty and triple by Jamal Cleveland that scored him.
Kahalley singled to score Cleveland before Kidd singled and Spivey tripled to clear the bases. O’Dell and Stokes singled and later scored along with Bonner after a triple by Gatson.
Matthews took a 16-5 lead after two innings.
Brown hit a one-out double for Atmore in the top of the third, but was stranded by outs from the next two batters.
Matthews added four runs before the game was called in the bottom of the third. Scott, Buinlivan, McLanty and Cleveland each scored a run.
Theodore beats PCI 24-2
The PCI all-stars continued its tough tournament schedule Sunday with a game against Theodore, a 24-2 loss in three innings.
Looper Searcy singled to start things off for Theodore in the top of the first inning. Cameron Bernike singled during the next at-bat and Skylar Davis doubled.
Cooper Hughes singled and Thomas Casey doubled before Landyn Rivers hit a home run to clear the bases and give Theodore a 7-0 lead.
Brennen Smith singled before Lukas Lawshe doubled and Michael Tipton singled to reach the run-rule of eight runs.
PCI was held scoreless in the bottom of the first. Ethan Pickern and Kenna Alverson both were able to reach base, but were later called out.
Searcy, Benike, Davis, Hughes, Hynter Peavy, Casey, Rivers and Smith each scored in the top of the second to make it 16-0 Theodore.
PCI mustered two runs in the bottom of the second. Tyee Rolin doubled with one out and Crimson Cook tripled to score him. Adaline Dortch singled to score cook. PCI trailed 6-2.
Theodore scored again with the top eight batters of its lineup to take the game 24-2.
PCI lost its last game of the tournament to Monrovia National by a score of 19-4.
Blaize Thomas, Breeze Wornock, Daygen Slate and Alverson scored runs for PCI in the loss.