Morgan County ousted, Guntersville stays alivePublished 12:00am Sunday, July 17, 2011
Opp 9, Guntersville 4
After seeing Morgan County and Sheffield keep themselves alive, Opp and Guntersville set off in the first game of the winner’s bracket Saturday.
After a slow start, Opp ended with a flurry and took down Guntersville 9-4.
“We did get off to a little bit of a slow start,” Opp head coach Jay Jackson said. “But Britt Wilson did a great job on the mound to really keep us in the game and we were able to come back and Alex Banks hit that grand slam to give us the room we needed at the end.”
Guntersville looked to be in command after scoring two runs in the second inning, but after that, Wilson settled down not allowing another run until giving up two in the bottom of the seventh.
In the opposite, Opp took five innings to find the score board, but when they did, they scored in bunches.
Jackson’s side put up four runs in the top of the fifth and five runs in the sixth, bolstered by Banks’s towering shot, to put the game out of reach.
“We started good,” Guntersville coach Carey Hawkins said. “Our guys started to get a little impatient at the plate though, and we just couldn’t find a rhythm again.”
Guntersville 15, Morgan County 2
With their earlier loss, Guntersville had to turn around for yet another showdown with Morgan County.
In the sixth matchup of the year, and second in as many days, Guntersville wore down Morgan County in a 15-2 win.
“We got after it a lot better this game,” Guntersville coach Carey Hawkins said. “Logan Colvin threw and outstanding game and our bats were just red hot today. It’s what we needed to do to keep us alive.”
Morgan County trailed just 5-2 going into the fourth inning, but after a 1-hour long
Rain delay Guntersville poured on the runs.
Guntersville put in four runs in the bottom of the fourth and six runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach of a Morgan County team who had nothing left to give.
“We just ran out of legs,” Morgan County Coach Perry Freeman said. “We came with only ten men, and having to play four or five games just took it out of us. I’m super proud of the way these guys played this whole tournament. For most of them, its their first state tournament. I think we did a great job.”
Auburn 4, Opp 1
Auburn kept their perfect tournament record alive with a 4-1 win over Opp late Saturday night. Auburn will now play Sheffiled Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., while Opp will play Guntersville at 2 p.m.