Trojans fall to Andalusia in extra innings

Published 8:25 pm Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Andalusia and Charles Henderson High have been battling it out for over half a century in every sport that includes a ball, and Thursday night the two south Alabama rivals met at Riddle-Pace Field with the Bulldogs of Andalusia winning a 10-8, extra-inning contest in the annual Terry Sikes tournament.

The Trojans got on the board in the bottom of the first inning as J.B. Sanders walked, stole second base, Bailey Sparrow reached first on a fielder’s choice, and Sanders scored from third on a passed ball for the 1-0 lead.

CHHS went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Sparrow reached on a third strike the catcher misplayed and later scored on a single by Caden Bryan.

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Chip Morgan singled for Andalusia in the top of the fourth inning and later scored on a single by Chance Russell, cutting the lead to 2-1.

The Bulldogs took the lead at 3-2 in the top of the fifth as Joseph Turner reached on a bunt single, Caleb Blackston doubled to score Turner, and Blackson later scored on a sacrifice fly by Ayden Amis.

In the bottom of the fifth the Trojans went up 6-3 as Cole McWhorter walked, Adrian Caldwell singled, Bryan walked, Damian Hart and Cam Foley singled and Ben Reeves hit a fly between the second baseman and the right fielder that could not be secured, and CHHS was up 6-3 after five.

The Trojans tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Sanders singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by McWhorter for a 7-3 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning the Bulldogs scored four runs with Blackston hitting a single and Jacob Cravey hitting a bases-clearing double for the big blow to tie the score at 7-7.

Going into extra innings in the eighth, Andalusia added one run with Jake Wilson hitting a single and scoring on a single by Blackston, but the Trojans bounced back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame when Sanders singled and scored on a single by McWhorter to make the score 8-8.

Andalusia added two runs in the top of the 10th inning to go ahead 10-8 as Russell singled, Wilson tripled and later scored on a ground out by Turner.

CHHS was unable to put up any runs in the bottom of the tenth to end the contest.

The Trojans collected eight hits on the day as Sanders had two, while Sparrow, McWhorter, Caldwell, Bryan, Hart and Foley had one apiece.

Foley, Brady Huner, Sanders and Bryan all worked on the mound for the Trojans.

CHHS is off Friday but there are eight games being played at Riddle Pace Field and CHHS in the Sikes Tournament.

CHHS is in action Saturday at 12:30 at Troy University against Spanish Fort and 5:30 p.m. at CHHS against Early County.