LAMP completes perfect record in FCA tourney
LAMP’s Anthony Todd played a key role in Saturday’s win over Brew Tech. He had two hits and two stolen bases in a 6-4 Tiger victory. (Photo by Mike Peacock) To order more photos of this or other games, visit www.kdpsportsphotos.com
By Graham Dunn
LAMP head baseball coach Rocky Smith got just what he wanted this week during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Jason Armstrong Memorial Tournament… playing time for his returning players, innings for his pitching staff. And four victories.
All that was missing was the overall title.
The Golden Tigers earned the Blue Division championship with a 6-4 victory over Brewbaker Tech at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday to finish 4-0 in the tournament. Wetumpka also earned a win on Saturday to finish undefeated and won the tiebreaker of least runs allowed between the two teams.
Smith didn’t seem too concerned when asked if there was any disappointment in not winning the overall title.
“ We wanted to get our kids who haven’t had a lot of at bats… get some kids some pitching experience,” he said. “It turned out pretty well. We want to win every game but we are all working towards a bigger goal.”
On Saturday, the Tigers got timely hitting from one of the basketball players who saw his first action on the diamond this week. Bryan Young was involved with key plays for the LAMP basketball run to the Final 48. He came up with key doubles in the win over Brew Tech and drove in what proved to be the winning runs in the sixth inning.
It was the frosting on a cake that had plenty of pieces from the week.
“Bryan was a big part of our win today,” Smith said. “Richard (Deloney) had a lot of hits in a couple of games. He had a save and could have had a win against St. James. None of us are really playing as well as we are capable but we have enough people pulling their weight. We are getting enough runs and pitching. We still have some work to do.”
Miller Norman added key hits with an RBI and Anthony Todd had two hits and two stolen bases in the game. He also scored the final run from second on Norman’s infield single in the seventh to give the Tigers added cushion.
Austin White picked up his third win of the season while Deloney earned his first save. He is coming off an injury to a finger suffered before the season began.
Brew Tech’s Ben Taylor pitched well but suffered the loss. He also added a key sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.
The Tigers (9-3) now prepare for Class 3A, Area 5 play, which is two weeks earlier than normal due to the five-team field. LAMP will play Montgomery Academy in a three-game series beginning Friday.
“Usually you want to start area in April,” Smith said. “That’s a little bit of a concern. I don’t think any coach feels like their team has hit their stride at this point of the season. It’s a new situation.”