Cal Ripken opens 2010 season

Published 12:43 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010

United Bank Warriors pitcher Tadd Wall pitches on opening day for Cal Ripken baseball Saturday. | photo by chandler myers

A strong showing at the plate helped the First National Bank & Trust Athletics pound the Atmore Rotary Club Tigers 13-3 Monday night in Cal Ripken Major League baseball action.

The Athletics picked up their second straight win, while the Tigers’ record fell to 0-2.

The Tigers struck first in the contest as Tyler Wilson (0-for-2) put them up 1-0 as he made it around the basepath on an error by the catcher.

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The A’s took control of the game in the bottom of the second as they took the lead 7-1.

The leader of the inning was Tristan Agerton (2-for-2) who ripped a two-RBI double that scored Gayton Thames (0-for-2) and Bradley Geck (0-for-2).

Ryan Johnson (2-for-3) and Marlon Lee (1-for-3) also played big roles in the inning as they helped knock in a combined five runs as Agerton, Ladarian Johnson, James Jaye, Johnson and Eric Wiliams all made it home.

After a scoreless third inning by the Tigers, the A’s put the game further out of reach as they put six more runs on the board with Ryan Johnson, Nytorious Cooler, Williams, Agerton, Ladarrion Johnson and Jaye all making the trip around the bases to go up 13-1.

The Tigers failed in a comeback attempt in the top of the fourth as they could only score two runs with Maleek Salter and Orenthal Magee both scoring, but the third out after Magee ended the game 13-3.

Warriors 9

Cardinals 3

Billy Powell struck out 10 batters on the mound, while scoring two runs to help lead the United Bank Warriors to a 9-3 victory over the Atmore Lions Club Cardinals Monday night in Cal Ripken Major League action.

Behind the strength of Powell’s pitching, the Warriors were able to hold the Cardinals scoreless through the first three innings of the game.

The lone run in the first three innings came way of Powell (0-for-1) who reached base when he was hit by a pitch. He scored on a passed ball by the catcher in the top of the first inning.

With Powell sending Cardinals back to the bench easily, the Warriors offense eventually came to life with eight runs in the top of the fourth as Tadd Wall (2-for-2), Levi Solomon (1-for-3), Steven Wilson (0-for-2), Justin Johnson (0-for-2), Adam Smith (1-for-2), Powell and Arri Torrez all scored.

Wall was a catalyst in the inning ripping two singles and scoring two runs for the Warriors.

The Cardinals were also able to find offense in the bottom of the fourth with Devante Dailey (1-for-3), Devon Robinson (1-for-2) and Brandon Cummings (0-for-3) all scored to pull within six runs of the Warriors.

Dailey had the hit of the inning as he crushed a pitch and turned it into a triple.

Those three runs were all the Cardinals could muster as the Warriors were able to pick up the win 9-3.

Cardinals 16

Tigers 5

Devante Dailey’s three runs led the Atmore Lions Club Cardinals in scoring as they were able to crush the Atmore Rotary Club Tigers 16-5 on May 1 in the opening day of Cal Ripken Major League baseball.

The Cardinals opened the game strong as they scored two runs in the top of the first with Dailey (1-for-1) and Brandon Cummings (0-for-2) scoring runs to put their team on top 2-0.

The Cardinals extended their lead to four in the top of the second as Fred Flavors (0-for-1) and Jabryce Nelson (0-for-1) crossed the plate.

The Tigers responded by cutting the deficit to three with Orenthal Magee (0-for-1) reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and being knocked in by Tristan Thorpe’s single.

A seven run inning by the Cardinals allowed them to pull away again as Dee Poole (0-for-2), Dailey, Devon Robinson (1-for-3), Evan Tatum (0-for-2), Randy Johnson (2-for-4), Flavors and Nelson (0-for-1) all scored to pull head 11-1.

The Tigers refused to go down to a 10-run rule in the bottom of the third as they added four runs to their total with Ethan Patascil (0-for-3), Noah Brooks (0-for-2), Maleek Salter (0-for-2) and Travares Groom (0-for-2) all making it around the base path to pull with in six runs.

That’s where the offense stopped for the Tigers as they did not score anymore runs and could not stop the Cardinals from scoring as Johnson scored in the fourth inning and Poole, Dailey, Robinson and Cummings all scored in the fifth to end the game 16-5.

Warriors 11

Arrows 10

The United Bank Warriors were led by Billy Powell and Arri Torrez on opening day of Cal Ripken Major League baseball as they narrowly defeated the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Arrows 11-10 on Saturday.

Powell led the Warriors going 2-for-4 with four runs scored, while Torrez hit 2-for-3 in the game with three runs scored.

The Arrows proved they were ready to play in the top of the first as they opened game with four runs as Tyler Sells (2-for-3), Corey Bailey (0-for-3), Xan McGhee (0-for-0) and Dakota Rolin (1-for-3) all scored to go on top 4-0.

The Warriors responded in the bottom of the inning as Powell and Torrez both ripped singles and scored. Levi Solomon who reached base on a walk also scored to pull the Warriors within one run.

The Arrows extended their lead to three in the top of the second as Trey Lee (0-for-1) and Tyler Jackson (0-for-1) both reached base and scored.

With three runs in the bottom of the inning, the Warriors tied the game at six as Adam Smith (1-for-2), Powell and Torrez all scored.

The Warriors finally grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third as Jackson Breckenridge, Powell and Torrez crossed the plate to put their team up 9-6.

After the Cardinals scored three more runs in the top of the fourth courtesy of Levi Stacey (0-for-2), Lee and Trace Tower (1-for-3) to tie the game, the two teams battled out the the decision in the fifth.

The Cardinals took the lead 10-9 in the top of the fifth as Jackson was able to score on a double by Tyler Sells, but they could not hold off the Warriors as Powell and Torrez scored the final two runs.