Demopolis 12U wins district title

Published 7:54 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Demopolis 12U all-star team was able to keep up its hot streak Monday night as it to handled Sumter County’s 12U team 21-0 over two, four-inning games.

Demopolis,, who came into the games having beaten opponents by a combined score of 66-4, was able to ride great pitching and some big hitting to its two victories.

“We were very proud of them. I think we came together as a team and these victories were just a result of that,” said Manager Rob Pearson.

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In game one, Demopolis was able to jump out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning off of runs by Ryan Schroeder, Stephen Stewart, and Josh Holifield.

The second showed much of the same as Seth Aiken and Justin Sanders both got on base for Schroeder who continued swinging a hot bat when he hit his first home run of the tournament.

After a quiet third inning by both sides, Demopolis came out and decided to end the game.

Stewart was able to draw a walk. Will Stephens was hit by a pitch and Holifield followed a base on balls. Heath Stanford was able to drive in Stewart and Stephens with a single in his at-bat. His team already up 8-0, Joseph Wilson ended the game on his own with a three-run home run.

The second game was nearly the same. But this time it was the second inning that proved the big frame for Demopolis.

With a 2-0 lead, Demopolis sent 12 batters to the plate in the second and got seven more runs, six of which came off of a pair of three-run home runs by Schroeder and Stanford. That latter of the pair made his round-tripper an inside the park job.

In the third inning, Demopolis ended the scoring after Stanford singled and was moved around before coming in on a passed ball.

Monday showed a solid performance all-around for Demopolis. Defensively the 12U team did not commit an error.

On the mound Holifield, Stanford, Bowden and Sanders combined to only allow one hit over eight scoreless innings of play. Bowden and Sanders combined on a four-inning no-hitter in the second game.

“Pitching wise we were great, but is a lot easier for those guys to pitch when their defense is playing as well as they did behind them,” said Pearson.“But they still have to throw strikes and they were able to do that.”

Now that it is in the state tournament Demopolis will hope to continue its winning ways.

Pearson is confident in his player’s abilities to do just that.

“This team comes to play everyday,” said Pearson. “They know what they are getting into having gone last year and we are going to put our nine against their nine. We feel if we play our best, we can play with anyone in the state.”