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Ryan Crockett fields a pick-off throw from Dalton Shepherd during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Ryan Crockett fields a pick-off throw from Dalton Shepherd during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Strikers split Tuesday series, home again Thursday

Published 11:06am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

After a strong showing in Athens, the Wetumpka Strikes (Post 7) rallied late to defeat Tuscaloosa Navy 6-5 Tuesday afternoon at Bazemore Field.

Tuscaloosa, however, held on to defeat Wetumpka 2-1 in the nightcap. The 7-6 Strikers will host Tuscaloosa Red Thursday and then, after a weekend break, will travel to Childersburg (Childersburg Elementary) June 18 for a double header.

Logan Burdette earned the first game win Tuesday afternoon, coming on in relief of Lee Gunter (3 1/3 innings). Burdette (3 2/3 innings) held Tuscaloosa scoreless and allowed only two hits while fanning four  in the process.

The Strikers rallied in the late to win the game. Dalton Shepherd (2-for-4) drove home the winning run. Ryan Crockett (2-for-3), and Cody Herring (1-for-3) scored, along with Shepherd, Knight and Tristan Hughes.

Knight had two RBIs on one hit.

In the nightcap, Shepherd (three innings) got the start, but it was ultimately Reese Cain (one inning) that took the loss. Brady Knight was credited with an appearance, throwing one inning of work.

Offensively, Keith Johnson led the Post with a pair of hits, Shepherd (RBI) and Knight chipped in with one hit each.

The Strikers took the field off a 2-of-3 showing in Athens. Wetumpka dropped the first game of the weekend to Hartselle 13-4. Shepherd took the loss, despite striking out five through four innings.

Offensively, he and Aaron George had a hit and scored. Shepherd and Tyler Knight also had RBIs.

The Strikers regrouped and pounded out 15 runs in a 15-5 win over Buckhorn Gold. Herring earned the win, working four innings and striking out five. He also led the Post at the plate with three hits and three runs scored and an RBI.

Elijah Hughes and Johnson combined for five hits and five RBIs. Johnson doubled three times and Shepherd homered and finished the game with a pair of RBIs. Hughes had a hit that scored a run and Burdett pushed two home with his hit.

In the final game of the Athens affair, Wetumpka defeated Tuscaloosa Red 10-1.

Hughes was the winning pitcher, working five innings of two-hit baseball with only one strikeout.

Herring and Hughes led the squad with two hits each in three trips to the dish. Herring banged out a doubled and a triple and plated three Strikers in the process. He also scored.

Hughes scoted and had an RBI. Cameron Compton doubled and drove a run home. Aaron George singled and drove in a run and later scored. Shepherd singled and scored. Tyler Knight singled and scored twice in the win.

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