Demopolis U-eight takes district 10 tournament title

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; This weekend the Demopolis under eight Cal Ripken league all-stars beat out Greensboro to win the district tournament for their age group, 8-6, and advance to the state tournament.

Greensboro opened up the top of the first inning and grabbed the lead for the first time in the game. After one out, Chase Barnett got on bas off a single and was followed by Herbert Jones. Following another out the runners were brought home, 2-0, off a single from Alvin Ryans and an assist from the Demopolis defense in the form of an error.

Demopolis countered and took the lead for themselves in the bottom of the inning. R.J. Cox got on with a single and three consecutive Greensboro errors put on Robert Tutt, Hunter Colyer and Hunter Burton, scoring Cox in the process. Nick Nelson hit a double to bring in Tutt and Colyer and was followed by an out. Singles from Ryan Morrison and Carson Parten allowed Burton and Nelson to score, 5-2.

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Greensboro chipped away at the newly acquired Demopolis lead in the top of the second inning. After an early strikeout, Devis Rowe got on base off an error and was followed by a single from Cedric Varner. Greensboro recorded another strikeout before singles from Reginald Wiggins and Barnett brought in Rowe and Varner, 5-4.

Demopolis only got one batter on base off an error in the bottom of the second before Greensboro closed out the inning and returned to bat.

Greensboro continued its steady scoring onslaught in the bottom of the inning and regained the lead. Tyshaun Jackson and Ryans both got on off of singles to open the inning for Greensboro. A ground out by Hayden Drake advanced the runners, and then Cedric Drake scored Jackson off an error. Ryans made it in off a ground hit from Devin Rowe, which also proved to be the second out off a fielder&8217;s choice at second. Demopolis moved it to the bottom of the inning with the next batter, 6-5.

Demopolis again put up a big inning to regain the lead in the bottom of the third. After an out, Nelson based on a single, Andrew Patterson got on off an error and Morrison followed with another single. A single from Parten scored Nelson before Parten got out heading to second. Cal Logan singled and scored Patterson and a base on an error from Logan McVay scored Morrison. Cox recorded a single but no other runners scored as Greensboro escaped the inning, 8-6.

Neither team brought up more than four batters in their final at bats of the game, and Demopolis walked away with the district 10 title.