LAMP drops two; Brew Tech opens tourney with loss
By Graham Dunn
GULF SHORES - Over the course of the next few days, River Region Sports will be on the road with two teams playing in the prestigious Gulf Coast Classic baseball tournament in Gulf Shores.
Both LAMP and Brewbaker Tech are scheduled to play four games during the four days. RRS will cover the different aspects of the tournament including what the players and coaches do on a four-day trip.
You have to wonder what a layoff does to a team.
After observing Class 3A, top-ranked LAMP on Tuesday on what became the first day of the Gulf Coast Classic, apparently it’s not helpful to sit around and watch it rain the day before you play.
The Golden Tigers dropped two games on Tuesday morning, losing to Hueytown, 8-4, in the first game. They lost to Pinson Valley, 14-3, in Game 2 to drop their overall record to 9-5.
“I really don’t have anything to say. We are not going to make excuses,” LAMP coach Rocky Smith said after the debacle. “Those were two good teams that were ready to play. We didn’t play our best and it showed.”
Bryan Young made his first start of the season in the first game and struggled with control early. He gave up four walks in two innings, which led to seven runs for Hueytown.
But by the time the Tigers were on the board, the damage was too much to recover from. Austin White had three hits in the game to lead LAMP. He had a double and an RBI in the fifth. Scott Nesmith added a run-scoring single in the inning.
Game 2 started out with potential. White pitched into the fifth inning and held Pinson Valley in check, giving up just two runs. He left the game with a 3-2 lead.
Pinson Valley unloaded in the sixth, scoring eight runs in the inning.
“We kicked it around too much, didn’t get outs,” Smith said. “They had some hard hit balls but they also had a few that dropped in.
There was plenty of excitement following the game. On the return from Robertsdale where the games were played, the team was delayed in its return to the hotel due to a disturbance at a local bank. Several law enforcement vehicles closed off Highway 59 near Foley at a Wachovia branch after an apparent call was made to authorities that a gunman was inside the building.
It turned out to be a hoax. There was no gunman despite a two-hour delay.
For Brewbaker Tech, its first game of the tournament mirrored that of LAMP’s. The Rams lost to Huntsville, 11-5, after holding a 4-1 lead for part of the game.
“We were in position to win and played well enough to win,” Brew Tech John Gluschick said. “Huntsville just hit the ball so well in the second half of the game. We had our chances but they were very good.”
Brew Tech will play two games on Wednesday. The first comes at 9 a.m. against Childersburg and the second immediately after against Buckhorn.
LAMP plays one game on Wednesday evening at Robertsdale at 7 p.m.