Published 12:02 am Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Atmore’s 13-to-15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars finished 3-0 over the weekend at the state tournament in Sylacauga.
The local team played in the state semifinals against the host team on Monday, and fell 13-4. More information from the game can be found on the Atmore Advance’s website at www.atmoreadvance.com.
In pool play action, Atmore beat Tallassee 7-6 on Saturday; and then topped Wetumpka 8-1 and West Alabama 11-10 on Sunday.
Coach Robert Cash said the boys are playing as a team.
“The chemistry of this team is probably the best of any team I’ve coached,” Cash said. “They never get down. Against Tallassee, we had one bad inning, and that was the only bad inning we’ve had in the tournament. We had four errors and it cost us four runs.”
Cash said the errors gave Tallassee three runs. However, Atmore bounced back the next inning with five of its own.
“The team never got down,” he said. “They rebounded. That’s the way they’ve played the whole tournament. The pitchers have pitched great. We’ve hit the ball. It’s just been a good team effort.”
Atmore 8, Wetumpka 1
Cole Brown started on the mound for Atmore, going three innings before rain delayed the game. Cameron McLemore finished the game, and both combined for a two hitter.
Alex Cash went 3-for-4 with two doubles; Brown went 2-for-4; Joseph O’Bannon had two hits; Jared Gibbs had a double; and JaBryce Hooks had a triple to lead Atmore.
Atmore 11, West Alabama 10
Hooks threw five innings for Atmore. McElmore and Brown pitched one inning each.
At the plate, Cash had a double and scored two runs late in the game; Gibbs had a double; Seth Killam went 2-for-4 with three runs; O’Bannon had one hit; Cruz Odom went 2-for-3; and Hunter White went 1-for-2.