DHS clinches area title with win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Despite struggles last week, dropping three consecutive games, the Demopolis baseball squad came out and did what their coach asked of them &8212; play like it meant something.

The team won its match against Dallas County, the team that beat them last week 4-2, after struggling early by a margin of 11-5. Coach James Moody knew the importance of the game and its ramifications of the team&8217;s playoff chances.

If the team won they would hold home filed advantage in the first game of the playoffs against Spanish Fort. If the team lost they would travel three hours next Tuesday on their way to face Gulf Shores.

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The idea paid off, though it wouldn&8217;t seem that way early going in the game.

The Tigers started the first three innings of the game with a total of three errors that lead to five runs for the visiting Dallas team that had held them to a no hitter the week before.

The team saw Dallas pull ahead in the top of second to a 3-0 lead off a RBI single and a two-error play that allowed two Dallas players to score. A the bottom of the second, however, base hits and a balk by the pitcher sent the Tiger&8217;s first runner in and breathed new confide into the team. A second batter came in off a wild pitch and the team went into the top of the third 3-2.

Additional errors sent in two more Dallas players in the top of the third, but after the two teams entered the bottom only one would score again &8212; Demopolis. The team would come out swinging in the remaining innings hitting two in the bottom of the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth &8212; all against the same pitcher that had held the team hitless in the match up the week before.