Atmore 11-year-olds lose heartbreakerPublished 9:32pm Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The Atmore 11-year-old all-star team finished 1-2 in the state tournament in Semmes after a heartbreaking extra-innings loss in game one Saturday to Alexander City.
Atmore lost 12-11 in a game that featured an Alexander City coach getting ejected in the sixth inning after arguing a call on field and several other dustups with officials.
Atmore squandered an 11-7 lead late in the ball game after its offensive production was halted, leading to the loss in the first game of the tournament.
They lost 11-1 to Sylacauga in the second game Saturday. They beat Monrovia 16-6 on Sunday before losing to host team Semmes to end their tournament run.
Alexander City took a 5-1 lead after an inning and a half. The Atmore bats came to life in the bottom of the second with a single by Bryant Quimby that started things off.
Tucker Spence was hit by a pitch moving Quimby over into scoring position at second base. Bryant moved to third on a passed ball during a Joshua Hadley at-bat. Hadley was walked to load the bases.
Cameron Cloud was hit by a pitch to score Quimby and cut the lead to 5-2. Spence scored on a past ball during the next at-bat to cut the lead to 5-3.
Hadley then scored during the at-bat of Matthew Harris. Cloud stole second before Harris was walked to get Chase Bell up to the plate. Bell surrendered Atmore’s second out of the inning when he was thrown out at first.
Cloud scored on a throwing to third base to tie the game at 5 runs. Sam Smith singled to move Harris to third. Kameron Bowen reached first on an error and Harris scored to give Atmore its first lead of the game at 6-5. Smith took third.
Pitcher Jacob Davis was walked as was Quimby, which scored Smith to give Atmore a 7-5 lead. Bowen scored on a passed ball during a Spence at-bat and Atmore took an 8-5 lead.
Spence was walked to load the bases, but Alexander City picked up its third out of the long inning to strand all the runners.
Davis retired the Alexander City side in order to end the top of the third inning.
Bell beats out a single with one out in the bottom of the third with Harris on base.
Smith hit his second single of the game to load the bases. Bowen singles to score Harris and increase the Atmore lead to 9-5.
Alexander City scored two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the Atmore lead to 9-7, but Atmore wasn’t done scoring. Spence beat out an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to start things off for Atmore. Spence stole third before Hadley scored him on a single during the next at-bat.
Atmore had a 10-7 lead before Hadley stole second on a passed ball and later scored during a Cloud at-bat. Atmore took an 11-7 lead. Alexander City got its third out on a flyout.
Alexander City scored twice more in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Atmore lead to 11-9.
Chase Bell hit a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth to get on first. Smith singled, which would’ve advanced Bell, but a base running error got him caught in a rundown and tagged out for the team’s second out. Bowen was thrown out after he hurt his hand and stopped running to first.
Alexander City tied the game at 11 after the umpire called a runner tagged out to end the top of the sixth. The call resulted in a coach being restrained by other coaches and ejected.
Atmore batters were retired in order in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game went to an extra seventh inning. In the top of that inning Alexander City scored and Atmore couldn’t answer, resulting in the 12-11 loss.