WARNER ROBINS -- Doug Floyd wasnt sure how his team would react after taking a 28-run thumping at the hands of Warner Robins West on Sunday in the 11-12-year-old District 5 baseball tournament.
But he knew he was going to find out soon enough because his Dudley team was right back on the field Monday in a win-or-go-home game. Floyd didnt have to worry long because Dudley jumped out for five runs in the first inning and coasted to a 13-1 win over West Macon. The win gives Dudley a chance to play again Tuesday night against the winner of Monday nights late game between Vine Ingle and Western.
I thought we would come out ready to play because we have a very good baseball team, Floyd said. We were very disappointed with the loss on Sunday because we seriously thought we would compete with them and the game would come down to the final at-bat. It was not like we played bad in the game. We only made one error. They just pounded the baseball.
I thought we came out a little flat, but it was good to come back here and get a win, and we feel like we have enough pitching to make it back to the championship. We have a lot of work to do, though.
Dudley seemed determined to put the game out of reach early. The five-run first inning, keyed by a leadoff bunt single by Torian Holder and a RBI hits by Britt Evans and Beau Mullis, was only one of two big innings by Dudley. It blew the game open in the third when it took advantage of three West Macon errors and a towering three-run homer by Guy Anderberg. Meanwhile Evans and two other pitchers, Austin Green and Whit Mason, held West Macon to only one hit, a run-scoring triple by Dillian Jones.
Besides being the winner on the mound, Evans also had three hits and two RBI. Mullis also had two hits.
I felt like I had good stuff early in the game, said Evans, who mixes a fastball with a curveball. I knew it was my job to let them hit the ball and let my fielders make plays. We all came in here with confidence, and we were able to put our last game behind us. We are just glad to be playing baseball on Tuesday.
For West Macon, Kenneth Smith threw a shutout inning.