Bulldogs knock off Abbeville

Published 8:52 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Pike County Bulldogs defeated the Abbeville Yellow Jackets 17-7 in game one of a double-header on senior night in Brundidge.

It was a game of big innings, but in the end, it was the Bulldogs that had the last big one.

“We have one senior and a win is a win and we are happy to get one,” Bulldogs head coach Taylor Barnes said. “He (Mathew Morrow) has played four years here. We are just trying to play better baseball, senior night or not.”

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The Bulldogs finished with nine hits in the win, led by Qua Walker’s three hits. Amaghie Lampley finished with two hits in the game, both of them triples. Joseph Jordan, Tyrese Johnson, Morrow and Whit Maulden all had one hit for the Bulldogs.

“We are happy with the way we are swinging it,” Barnes said. “We are trying to attack the fast ball early. The guys are doing a good job with the approach and we are driving balls up the middle.”

Mauldin got the start for the Bulldogs, going 2.2 innings and allowing six runs. Ryan Brown and Chance Brunney also got on the mound Tuesday.

“Chance Brunney has been extremely good for us,” Barnes said. “He is only a ninth grader and I can’t speak highly enough of him. He came in and shut it down.”

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Bulldogs got an RBI double by Walker and an RBI triple by Lampley. The Bulldogs drove in their final run on a sacrifice fly by Johnson.

The Bulldogs doubled their run total in the second when they scored four more runs to take a comfortable 8-1 lead. Mauldin had an RBI in the inning and also scored a run on a wild pitch. Johnson had a two-run double that scored Brunney and Walker.

The Yellow Jackets scored the seven runs over the next two innings to cut into the Bulldogs’ lead at 8-7.

The Bulldogs picked up some insurance runs in the fifth when they got an RBI single by Walker to go up 10-7. Brunney and Walker both came around to score on an error and Lampley scored the inning’s final run on a wild pitch to put the Bulldogs up 13-7.

Pike County slammed the door in the sixth inning when Morrow came around to score on a shortstop error to make it 14-7. With two runners on base, Lampley tripled and came around to score on a Yellow Jacket error to end the game.