Brew Tech sweeps doubleheader; LAMP feasts on Robertsdale pitching
By Graham Dunn
FOLEY – Brewbaker Tech enjoyed a banner day on Wednesday, earning two wins in the Gulf Coast Classic.
For openers, the Rams beat second-ranked Childersburg, 7-3, and followed with a come-from-behind victory over Buckhorn, 11-8. Both games were played at Foley High School.
“We needed those wins,” Brew Tech coach John Gluschick said. “Playing three games in two days, we needed a spark and some solid pitching. We had some guys to eat up some innings today and that helped a lot.”
In Game 1, Alphonso Lewis picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching into the fifth inning. A five-run first inning gave him a lead to work with early.
“It always helps to get the early lead,” Gluschick said. “He did a good job of working the ball around the plate and keeping their hitters off balance.”
Paul Telehany and Ben Taylor each had two hits in the win.
The Rams had to earn a come-from-behind win in the second game after falling behind 8-2. Chris Dixon, who saw his most significant action on the mound so far this season, entered the game in the third and stopped the bleeding. That allowed the Rams’ bats to heat up.
“He did a good job of coming in and throwing strikes,” Gluschick said. “Once we settled down, we started hitting and making the plays like we are capable.”
Lewis, D.J. Jackson, Michael Brooks and Baxter Reeves all had two hits in the win. Reeves had a double and scored three times.
Dixon pitched five innings, giving up just three hits and he struck out four.
The Rams (8-5) close out the week in the tournament on Thursday against Briarwood Christian. The two teams are scheduled to play at Robertsdale High School at 12:30 p.m.
LAMP feasts on venison, then on Robertsdale pitching
ROBERTSDALE – Maybe it was the deer burgers.
The LAMP Golden Tigers were in better spirits on Wednesday after a comfortable 10-2 win over homestanding Robertsdale. The win followed two disappointing losses on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast Classic.
Earlier in the day, the players enjoyed venison for lunch, a meal that starting pitcher Richard Deloney enjoyed.
“I’m a hunter so I really liked that,” he said. “I don’t know how much it had to do with winning but it was fun to have that for lunch.”
Deloney was near flawless in six innings of work. He gave up and earned run on three hits and struck out five for his third win of the season.
“I think we were prepared to play the game today,” LAMP coach Rocky Smith said. “No matter who we play, what stadium we play in or what time of the day, you have to be prepared and we stress that all the time.
“I don’t know how much the rain (on Monday) affected us (Tuesday) and to have to come out at 9 in the morning and play. But they (Hueytown and Pinson Valley) had to do the same thing and it didn’t look like if affected them. We looked a like at team today.”
LAMP (10-5) scored twice in the first inning on a double by Austin White and single from Bryan Young. The Tigers added three more runs in the third on a two-run double from Scott Nesmith and a groundout by Deloney.
The Tigers added a run in the fifth on Deloney’s double and then three more in the sixth with White’s second double of the game, Anthony Taylor’s sac fly and a blook single from Miller Norman. Martin Bryant scored the final run on a wild pitch in the seventh.
The Tigers will complete the tournament on Thursday against one of the top 6A teams in the state in Oak Mountain. The game will be played at Foley High School at 3 p.m.