West Ala. wins series, grasps state bid

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; After wining their first game that was split over two days due to weather, 12-1, the West Alabama under-14 all-stars won their district series and secured a spot in the state tournament by winning three consecutive games in the five games series.

In the second game of the series Friday evening, West Alabama broke out with two strong first innings, scoring one in the first and six in the second, while Central Alabama only countered with one run a piece in the two innings.

Both groups were held scoreless during the third inning, until West Alabama scored one in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the fifth. Central tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh, but the group only mustered two runs with which to cut the deficit.

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Hitters in the game for Central Alabama were Tyler Johnson, who went 3-for-5, Brandon Meeks, who went 2-for-4, Jamey Clement, who went 1-for-5, Jon Massey and Dillion Goodwin, who went 1-for-4, and Trent Drake, who went 1-for-4.

West Alabama hitters were Trevor Johnson and Rashan Hira, who went 2-for-4, Chase Smyly, who went 2-for-5, and Tyler Howerton, Russ Seale, Christopher Sammons and Rabe Hale, who went 1-for-4,

Central Alabama again couldn&8217;t get its bats going in its third and final loss of the series on Saturday &8212;

a problem that again passed over the West Alabama bats. Central Alabama scored once in the first, fourth and sixth innings, but were overshadowed by West Alabama, who put up one in the first, four in the second, five in the fourth and six in the seventh, for the, 16-3, win.

Hitters for Central Alabama were Drake, Meeks and Goodwin, who were 1-for-3.

West Alabama hitters were Johnson, who was 3-for-6, Ben Pettus, Hale and Hira, who were 2-for-5, Bill Holeman, who was 1-for-2, Seale, who was 1-for-3, Howerton and Smyly, who were 1-for-5, and Sammons, who was 1-for-6.

The state all-star tournament for West Alabama&8217;s under-14 group begins at 8 a.m. on July 18 in Sylacauga.