Rare air in Covington County

Published 4:27 am Wednesday, June 27, 2007

By By Matthew Nascone
Two of the most rare occurrences in the baseball world occurred when the Atmore Babe Ruth League 16-18 Pepsi team faced the Covington County team in the second game of a doubleheader June 23.
The first rarity was a tie game, as the two teams agreed to end the game in a 2-2 tie after nine innings. The second occurrence was a triple play for the Atmore squad. Covington had the double steal bunt on with men on first and second base when the batter popped out to Atmore pitcher Cody Vickrey.
Vickrey turned and gunned the ball to Darius English who was covering second base and English fired it to Ben Hess covering first base for the triple play.
The odds of seeing a triple play at a baseball game are 1:275 and the tie game rarely ever happens. The last known famous occurrence was in the Major League Baseball All-Star game in 2002.
English and Eric Coley each scored one run for Atmore after they were hit by a pitch. Hess went 2-for-3 at the plate and Cody Norton and Brent Bell each went 1-for-4.
Cody Vickrey tossed all nine innings and struck out six batters while walking none.
Atmore 8 Covington County 2
In the day game of the doubleheader with Covington County, Atmore scored four runs in the first inning and scattered four more throughout the other six innings for an 8-2 victory.
Elliot Faircloth, Darius English, Eric Coley and Cody Vickrey each scored one run in the first inning. A.J. Beachy added two runs scored and Corey Flowers and Tyler Brown each scored one run.
Faircloth was 2-for-3, English and Brown went 1-for-2 and Coley and Flowers were each 1-for-3 at the plate.
Brown pitched a complete game on the mound for the win and struck out four and walked five.

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