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2014 Lake Martin Classic: Day 1

Published 10:24am Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The 2014 Lake Martin Classic is underway, and while the Benjamin Russell Wildcats and Dadeville Tigers each had a common opponent in day one, they came away with different results.
The Tigers kept Westbrook Christian mostly contained but had no offense to supplement their pitching.
The Wildcats threatened to blow out Westbrook Christian, but after blowing a four-run lead needed a late-game rally to claim the win.
Recaps of each game are below.

Clutch hitting keys BRHS’ 7-6 win over Warriors
In spite of coughing up a 5-1 lead to the Westbrook Christian Warriors, the Benjamin Russell Wildcats were able to regroup and start their 2014 Lake Martin Classic off with a 7-6 win.
The Warriors appeared to have swung momentum over the course of the fourth and fifth innings, when they tacked on two runs in each frame to go from trailing 5-2 to leading 6-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats  answered with two runs of their own.
Bryant Horn led off the inning with a double and later scored when Westbrook’s  third-baseman fielded a Seth Hendon hit, but missed a tag on Horn, who was en route to third.
A throwing error to first allowed Hendon to advance to second.
After Caleb Brooks and Austin Moncus flied out and popped out, respectively, Zac Rogers scored Hendon with what was ultimately a game-winning single.
With Brooks on the mound for the final two innings, Westbrook’s bats were quieted for the rest of the game, as the senior earned the win by retiring the Warriors’ final six hitters in order.
The game began as it would be an easy win for the Wildcats, as they quickly tagged Westbrook for three hits and two runs in the opening frame.
The Warriors gained one of those runs back in top of the second, but a BRHS rally highlighted by a two-run double by Marquis Odem and an RBI double by Horn put the ‘Cats ahead 5-1.
Westbrook cut the lead to 5-2, before making its mid-game charge.
Daniel Whatley and Brooks each struck out two batters.
At the plate, Horn was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Moncus had one RBI.
BRHS plays its next Lake Martin Classic opponent at 11 a.m., when it faces Central of Clay County at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex.

DHS bats silenced by Westbrook in Classic
The Tigers were able to put the bat on the ball fairly well against Westbrook in the opening game of the 2014 Lake Martin Classic.
The problem was that nearly every ball put in play either landed in the glove of a Westbrook player or never amounted to runs.
The Warriors downed the Tigers 2-0, as the pitcher’s duel between Dadeville’s Logan Duck and Westbrook’s Jake Kilgo went in favor of the Warriors.
Kilgo threw a complete game shut-out, allowing eight hits and throwing four innings of no-hit ball.
As for Duck and the Tigers, defensive miscues put them behind the eight-ball early on. Duck allowed six hits, and a passed ball allowed Westbrook to tack on its first run of the game. Duck eventually settled as the game went. He struck out four batters.
However, in the bottom of the third an error allowed a Warriors baserunner, and an errant pick off attempt let him get into scoring position.
He later scored on a passed ball.
DHS used small ball to get runners on, but when it came time to bring them home, the hits didn’t come.
Dadeville had a chance to do some damage in the top of the fifth, when Nick Broome got on with a single.
A groundout from Will Duffy allowed him to move to second, and Jack Stephenson laid down a bunt that had runners at the corners with one out.
However, a delayed steal attempt by Stephenson was snuffed out by the Westbrook defense, and Trevor McKinley struck out looking to end the threat.
The Tigers’ best chance came in the top of the seventh when Landon Wilson laid down a bunt and beat out the throw to first.
After Broome went down at the plate, Duffy delivered a single.
Stephenson dropped a sac bunt down to move Duffy and Wilson over, but McKinley flied out to deep centerfield to end it. Luke Kidwell also had a hit for the Tigers.
Dadeville returns to action in the Lake Martin Classic on Wednesday, when they face Class 5A top-10 team Etowah at 11 a.m. at the Sportplex.

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