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BRHS downed at Opelika

Published 10:13am Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In what Benjamin Russell coach Richy Brooks called “the worst performance of the season,” the Wildcats fell to Class 6A No. 3 Opelika 7-3 this past Friday.
The Bulldogs have had BRHS’ number this year, having beaten the Wildcats on three separate occasions.
“We did not fare well,” Brooks said. “We couldn’t catch it, and we couldn’t throw it. We gave up six unearned runs; We didn’t play good defense, and we didn’t play hard at all. I’m extremely disappointed in our effort.”
The Wildcats committed six errors and missed potential outs because of their less-than-stellar defensive play.
“(Opelika) didn’t have to do a lot to get it done, but I credit them for doing a whole lot more than we did,” Brooks said. “We made four errors in the outfield, made two more in the infield, and had three flyballs hit the ground in foul territory that we should have caught. We didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning all evening.”
Five of the first six runs BRHS gave up to Opelika were unearned, as the Bulldogs opened up the scoring after escaping a failed rundown attempt by the Wildcats.
On the day, Opelika picked up five hits. BRHS was limited to four hits.
“The assistant coaches have done a fantastic job of getting our guys ready. I don’t say that enough,” Brooks said. “But if our players worked as hard as the coaches, we’d be in good shape. The coaches seemed more excited to play Opelika than the players were. I figured they’d be ready to play the No. 3 team in Class 6A, but the focus, attention, intensity and effort just was not there.”
With three key area games versus defending area champion Marbury, Brooks said the team has to realize the urgency of the situation following the dud laid in Opelika.
“We have to kick it in gear, or it’s going to be a short season,” Brooks said. “We are only guaranteed seven more games.”
BRHS will host Marbury on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.. At 4:30 p.m., the Wildcats will honor their seniors for Senior Night.