Archives for March 2013

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Photo of the Day: March 31, 2013

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(Photo by Stewart Gwin)

Watchman Managing Partner Jeremy D. Smith interviews then University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore at the Demopolis Civic Center in 2008. Moore passed away Saturday at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. just days after stepping down from his post. Moore had been battling pulmonary difficulties. He was 73.

Charles Shields

Charles L. Shields age 71 of Linden, AL died March 29, 2013 at his home. He was born December 31, 1941 in Thomasville, AL. He was a retired environmentalist for the Alabama Department of Public Health. He is survived by his wife, Patricia W. Shields of Linden, AL; daughter, Paige Shields Stafford, son-in-law, John Stafford, and 2 grandchildren, Nathan Thomas Noe and Harper Hyde Noe of Houston, TX. Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL on Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. Graveside funeral services will follow at 1:30 pm at the Magnolia Cemetery in Magnolia, AL. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Alice Jackson

Mrs. Alice Jackson of Demopolis, Alabama passed March 30, 2013 at her residence. Funeral Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Carrie Ware

Mrs. Carrie “Thelma” McClain Ware of Demopolis, Alabama entered into eternal rest March 28, 2013 at the DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Demopolis thumps Jeff Davis for weekend split

WETUMPKA — Demopolis salvaged a split in its four-game weekend stretch after downing Jeff Davis 14-2 Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (13-5) opened the game with a triple from leadoff batter Matt Eicher. Mason Rogers pushed the Eicher across with a grounder to second for the first run of the game.

Demopolis scored again in the top of the second to move the lead to 2-0 when Wesley Anderson doubled to open the frame before scoring on a single by William Stewart.

After JD cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the second, Demopolis plated two in the top of the third. Brock Montgomery started the rally with a walk before Rogers singled. Stroud dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Montgomery scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1. Rogers then found home plate while a teammate was hung in a rundown between first and second, moving the score to 4-1.

The Tigers did the majority of their damage in the top of the fourth, scoring 10 runs with two outs while sending 15 batters to the plate in the frame.

Walker Davis singled and scored on a RBI by Montgomery on a play in which the right fielder dropped what appeared destined to be a sacrifice fly. The right fielder then picked up the bobbled ball and threw out a DHS runner at second to complete the 9-6 force for the second out of the inning.

Then Demopolis opened the floodgates. A Stroud double scored Montgomery and Rogers to make it 6-1. A Tyler Oates single plated Stroud to push it to 7-1. Davis picked up a RBI in his second plate appearance of the inning when he drew a walk to score Anderson. A Josh Mangum walk forced Oates home.

Will Tucker then hit a three-run double to score Wesley Dunn, Davis and Mangum to leave the Tigers up 13-1. Tucker later came in to score the final run on a RBI single by Rogers. Jeff Davis added one run in the bottom of the fifth to cap the scoring.

Oates and Davis combined to throw 73 pitches and strike out six in the win. Each surrendered a run.

The Tigers are scheduled to play again Tuesday at Greenville in the first area contest of the season.

Anderson propels Tigers past Elmore County

WETUMPKA — After a disastrous 0-2 Friday night, Wesley Anderson helped right the ship for Demopolis (12-5) by working the Tigers’ first complete game of the season Saturday morning.

The Tiger senior toed the rubber for all seven frames in a 5-3 win over Elmore County High to halt a three-game DHS skid. Anderson struck out three in the contest while scattering a walk and four hits.

Anderson also helped his own cause during a five-run fifth inning for the Tigers. With his team down 3-2, Anderson stroked a two-run double that plated Brock Montgomery and Mason Rogers to put the Tigers up 4-3. Tyler Oates added an insurance run on a RBI single that scored Devin Stroud.

The Tigers started the 10-batter rally with a single by Josh Mangum. Rogers then hits a single to left to plate Mangum and get DHS on the board for the first time. Matt Eicher reached on an error before scoring the Tigers’ second run on a fielder’s choice RBI shot from Stroud.

Prior to the fifth-inning eruption, Demopolis had posted only three hits in the contest with singles from Montgomery, Anderson and Stroud.

Elmore County opened the scoring in the top of the second when Joseph Kelley reached on a single before scoring on a RBI grounder from starting pitcher Brandon Arnold.

ECHS pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fourth when Arnold doubled before coming in to score on a single by Jackson Adams. Elmore moved the advantage to 3-0 in the fifth on a RBI grounder by Tyler Black that scored Brady Knight.

Arnold also tossed a complete game for Elmore County, striking out six Tigers along the way while taking the loss.

Anderson’s outing proved an efficient one for the Tigers as he needed only 86 pitches to complete the contest. That stood as a marked improvement for a team that needed 250 pitches to get through 11 innings over a two-game stretch Friday night.

Photo of the Day: March 30, 2013

fishing picStan Fox of Denver, Colorado, holds a brim he caught in a Demopolis pond. Fox and his family were visiting friends in Demopolis.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: March 28

March 26 – Demetrius Branch, 25, for Theft of Property II – Eutaw Police Department

March 27 – Pinell James, 53, for Barking or Howling Dogs – DPD

March 27 – Joshua R. Wilson, 22, for Domestic Violence II – DPD

March 27 – Michael Brown Jr., 24, for Harassment (Harassment/Intimidation) – DPD

March 28 – Samuel P. Gracey, 23, for Identity Theft – DPD

Tigers struggle on first day in Wetumpka

WETUMPKA — Demopolis (11-5) dropped a pair of games Friday, losing to Holtville 5-3 and Wetumpka 11-1 during the first day of a spring break tournament.

The Tigers spotted Holtville three runs in the top of the first inning before getting on the board in the home half of the second when Josh Mangum ripped a two-run double to plate Tyler Oates and Stephen Stewart.

Mangum also impacted the Tigers’ chances in the field where he twice halted Holtville rallies by turning fly ball outs into inning-ending double plays.

Holtville added to its lead in the top of the sixth on a controversial two-run double that appeared to be a foul ball. The call of a fair ball by the home plate umpire drew the ire of the Demopolis dugout but proved enough to put Holtville’s lead out of reach for the Tigers.

Oates singled with two outs in the sixth before scoring on a RBI single by Walker Davis to cut the deficit to 5-3. Demopolis threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh before stranding the potential tying runs to end the contest.

Brock Montgomery went 1-for-4 in the game. Devin Stroud finished 2-for-4 with a double. Oates went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Stewart finished 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Davis went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run batted in. Mangum was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Tiger hurlers totaled 134 pitches in the game, combining to strike out six batters and surrender 10 hits while walking four.

In the nightcap, Demopolis allowed a run to the host Indians in the bottom of the first before fighting back to tie the game in the top of the third.

Mangum drew a one-out walk in the third before Matt Eicher stroked a double down the left field line to knot the score at one. A bunt single by Montgomery left the Tigers with runners on the corners and only one out before a routine double play ball ended the threat.

The double play proved enough to ignite the Indians as they went on to score 10 unanswered runs over the next three innings to end the contest after five frames.

The two-hit third inning accounted for nearly all of the Demopolis’ offense in the game as Wetumpka starter Dalton Shepherd struck out two, walked one and surrendered three hits.

The Tigers’ only other hit came in the form of a Stroud single in the top of the first inning.

Demopolis pitchers scuffled against Wetumpka, issuing seven walks, surrendering six hits and plunking four batters in the effort.

In total for the evening, the Tigers utilized six different hurlers who combined to throw some 250 pitches over 11 and a third innings of work.

The Tigers are scheduled to play again Saturday morning against Elmore County and Jeff Davis High.