Cubs fall to No. 1 seed

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 1, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; After an early lead by the Tutt Real Estate Cal Ripken 9- and 10-year-old No. 1 seed for the league tournament, the group&8217;s opponent, the Cubs, struggled back before falling, 12-6.

The Cubs came out in the first inning and went three-up three-down in the top of their lineup, while the Tutt team came out and scored four in the first inning.

Ryan Schroeder led off with a single and a steal to second. After a strike out, the third batter, Wallace Tutt hit an in-the-park homerun to put the team up. A single by Joseph Wilson, who advanced on a ground out, allowed another single by Brent Joiner to send Wilson over the plate. Joiner soon joined him after stealing third on a wild pitch and scoring off a Caleb Holtzclaw single.

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The Cubs countered off a score the next inning from Brent Langley, who hit a single, stole second and was driven in off a Alston Dinning single, making it 4-1.

The Tutt group countered in the bottom of the second. After a strikeout Schroeder hit a triple and finished it off stealing home off a wild pitch. Tutt scored too, hitting a single and being batted in off a Wilson triple. After a Mark Joseph Johnson single, Wilson wrapped up the inning&8217;s scoring, 7-1, crossing the plate off a wild pitch.

A number of walks and singles by the Tutt team in the top of the third allowed Cubs, Will Allen and Cody Webb, to come in from third off walks.

In the bottom of the inning Tutt player, Holtzclaw, got walked to start the inning before scoring off a wild pitch after working his way to third. Jonah Webb followed suit after a single and advancement put him in position to capitalize off a dropped pitch, ending the inning 9-3.

The Cubs came close to mounting a comeback in the top of the fourth after loading the bases with the first three batters. The team saw Dinning, Gavin Webb and Sam Renner cross the plate before recording two outs. The group again loaded the bases before a pop out ended the inning leaving runners stranded, 9-6.

The Cubs didn&8217;t score again for the duration of the game after almost rallying in the top of the fourth. The Tutt team recorded three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Schroeder, Seth Aiken and Wallace Tutt were batted in.