Demopolis JV takes two of three Monday

Published 10:30 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Demopolis High junior varsity baseball team (7-3) played an unscheduled triple-header Monday, picking up 3-2 and 7-5 victories over Sweet Water before dropping the nightcap to Thomasville 1-0.

The JV Tigers started their afternoon at the Sports-Plex for a scheduled double-header against Sweet Water before receiving word that, due to a scheduling miscommunication, Thomasville High’s JV team was at DHS expecting a game.

Demopolis opened the afternoon against the Bulldogs.

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, William Stewart ripped a two-RBI double down the right field line to tie the game.

“He stepped back good and got an outside pitch, took it over the first baseman’s head and gave us a good chance to win,” DHS junior varsity coach Russell Bedingfield said.

After Bill Holemon worked a scoreless fifth, the Tiger pitcher reached first before giving way to pinch runner David France.

France swiped second before coming around to score the game-winning run on a Thomas Cramer double.

“Bill’s 5-0 this year as a starting pitcher,” Bedinglield said of Holemon. “Every time he toes the rubber, we feel like we have a chance to win.”

Holemon scattered four hits and two runs over five innings of work while striking out five batters for the win.

In game two, the Tigers built a 7-1 lead before hitting a speed bump and allowing the Bulldogs to work their way back into the game in the fifth.

“We stroked them,” Bedingfield said. “We had total control of that game. It was never close.”

The offensive effort backed up four strong innings of one-run ball pitched by William Stewart.

As the Tigers were putting the finishing touches on the second victory of the day, they were turning their attention to their impending contest with Thomasville.

“We were actually packing stuff up as the game was in the last inning,” Bedingfield said. “Our boys are always up for a challenge.”

The Tigers arrived at the high school just in time to take the field against rival Thomasville.

Daniel Sturdivant started the game on the mound for Demopolis, surrendering three hits and striking out two over four innings of work.

“He always keeps the ball low, hits his spots well,” Bedingfield said of Sturdivant.

The lone run charged to the Tiger pitching staff in the contest came as the result of the Thomasville leadoff hitter reaching base on an error in the first inning before eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly.

“I’d take any of them in,” Bedingfield said of the junior varsity Tigers. “They are great, great kids. I’m fortunate to be coaching them.”

Stewart led the way at the plate on the day, going 3-for-3 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Chris Adams went 4-for-8 with two runs scored.

“From this year to last year is a completely different story for him,” Bedingfield said of Adams, the junior varsity shortstop. “He’s doing a great job as a leadoff batter.”

Cramer put together a 3-for-8 day with a double and a run scored.

Louis Steudeman scored two runs. Taylor Polk, Allen Tucker, Alex Sturdivant and Daniel Sturdivant each scored one run. Polk served as the team’s backstop for all 15 innings of play Monday. Hunter Wells and Jacob Roemen each pitched an inning.