Tigers win on Senior Night
Demopolis (16-14, 5-1) rounded out its regular season Tuesday with a 16-10 win over Sweet Water, sending seniors Cameron Barger, Larry Dunn and Hunter Wells out as winners on Senior Night.
On an evening that began with the team honoring its eldest players, that trio combined to account for three doubles, three triples and seven runs scored.
“They were sophomores my first year,” Demopolis head coach Ben Ramer said. “They come out and work hard everyday. It is nice to see them perform so well on a night when we are paying tribute to them.”
Dunn went 3-for-4 on the night with two triples and four runs. Wells also went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and two runs scored. Barger was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Other notable Tigers included Kole Thrasher, who went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Jacob Roemen also scored three times while Ben Pettus and Louis Steudeman each scored once.
For the Bulldogs, Michael Thompson ignited the offense from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk and three runs scored. Chris Landrum went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and a walk. Eric Lynn and Ty Grochowski each scored twice while Brett Davis scored once.
For the Bulldogs, the game marked the final tune-up before Friday’s first round playoff match-up with Maplesville.
“We’ve got a few guys we’re going to continue to rest,” Sweet Water head coach Kevin Byrd said. “I’ve got a few younger guys that need to step up.”
The Bulldogs limp into the playoffs hoping to get a handful of regular players healthy. Injuries have hampered Sweet Water down the stretch. The Bulldogs will also be looking for more consistency from the mound behind No. 1 starter Linc Luker.
“I don’t think our pitching is where it needs to be past our No. 1,” Byrd said. Luker figures to start game one of the double-header Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Game two will likely go to either Tyler Hensley or Chris Landrum.
Conversely, the Tigers head into a Friday playoff date with Beauregard, a squad Ramer knows will require his team be at its best.
“We’re going to take the next couple days to work on some of those things that we talked about at the beginning of the year,” Ramer said. “Season one was our season up until area play. Season two started with our area play and Friday starts season three. Our kids are real excited about the chance to get a home playoff game. We need to get a good crowd out here.”
The Tigers begin their double-header Friday at 4 p.m. If necessary, game three is scheduled to be played Saturday at 1 p.m.