DHS drops two, rebounds vs. Bryant, 7-6
DHS drops two, rebounds vs. Bryant, 7-6
DEMOPOLIS – The Demopolis High School varsity baseball team put up a true fight on Monday night at home, battling out Bryant to a 7-6 victory to improve the Tigers record to 19-9 overall.
Colby Roberts (3-0) picked up the win for DHS, pitching six innings and giving up nine hits and five runs. William Meador came in for the final inning of work to pick up his third save of the season.
In the top of the fifth inning, the game was deadlocked at 1-1 until Bryant scored three runs in the top of the frame to take a 4-1 lead.
However, in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, the Tigers rally began.
Clarke Kerby got things started for DHS with a double and was quickly plated on an RBI single by Hunter Hawley. Darrell Kent followed Hawley with a single before Chad Schroeder was walked to load the bases.
And then, Bryant was formally introduced to G.W. Washington, making his first appearance after being sidelined with an injury.
With two outs and the bases juiced, Washington slammed home a grand slam to give Demopolis a 7-4 lead heading into the final inning.
“This was G.W.’s first game back in quite a while and he came through for us big time,” DHS head coach James Moody said.
However, the game was yet to be over. In the top of the seventh inning, Ryan Rhodes hit a solo homerun as coach Moody decided to pull Roberts and put in his closer, Meador.
Meador came in an induced a fly-out for the first out of the inning before Robert Phares nailed a solo shot to bring Bryant within one run of DHS.
But Meador was not about to let that bring him down, but on the very next play, Jonathan Smart hit a single to keep the Bryant faithful on the edge of their seats.
Bryant’s Cody Blanchard then stepped to the plate and hit into a 1-6-3 double play to secure the Tigers victory.
“This was a great high school baseball game,” Moody said. “And to think that we did it all with two outs. It’s also a great way for us to go into tomorrow’s home game against Thomasville after picking up this big win over a ranked team.”
Leading the way offensively for the Tigers was Washington, who went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, Devin Goodwin, who went 1-for-4 with a double, Pettus, who went 1-for-3 with a double, Kerby, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Hawley, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Kent, who also picked up a hit.
The Demopolis baseball teams return to the field tonight as they battle Thomasville at home for a chance to improve on their area record.
The first pitches for tonight’s games are scheduled for 4 p.m. (JV) and 6 p.m. (varsity).
PRATTVILLE – The Demopolis High School varsity baseball team dropped two games on Saturday afternoon on the road, falling 5-2 to Prattville and then losing 3-1 to Enterprise.
In the Tigers game one loss against Prattville, Bart Pettus (2-3) picked up the loss for DHS, pitching four innings of relief on three hits, four runs (two earned) and two strikeouts.
Devin Goodwin led the way offensively for the Tigers in game one, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Also contributing for DHS with a hit was Chad Schroeder, Colby Roberts, and William Meador.
Another key factor for the Tigers loss to Prattville was the fact that the team committed six errors and only allowed three hits and two earned runs.
In game two, DHS faced a tough foe in 10th ranked 6A Enterprise, falling 3-1.
Tyler Moody (2-1) picked up the loss for the Tigers, pitching five innings and giving up four hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out five.
Clarke Kerby led the way in game two, going 2-for-3 and Seth Basinger added his seventh homerun of the season on a solo shot.
Also contributing for DHS in the Enterprise loss was Chad Schroeder and Colby Roberts, who each picked up a hit.
Errors were once again a problem for the Tigers as DHS managed two more errors in Saturday’s finale in Prattville.
According to Moody, the DHS team really feeds off each other – in both the good times and the bad times.
“The bottom line is that we’re not playing like we should,” DHS head coach James Moody said. “When it’s going good, it’s real good. And when it’s going bad, it’s real bad. They are pushing a bit now and we don’t need that.”
With the two road losses, DHS is now 18-9 overall this season.
“We’re just not playing very well right now,” Moody said. “There’s no two ways to out it. On the positive side, we will be playing five games this week and four at home and I hope that will help out a bit.”
DHS will be battling Thomasville tomorrow evening, and coach Moody and the Tigers are hoping for a large turnout to come and support the Demopolis squad.
“When we started, we set out with five goals: show class, play hard, win our area, win the first playoff game, and win the state championship,” Moody said. “And every one of those goals is still attainable.”
Starting tonight against Thomasville, DHS will have a chance to prove that coach Moody is right as they aim to repeat the success of a very impressive Tiger athletic program.