Demopolis scores five in 7th to beat Hale

Demopolis scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon to overcome Hale County 8-4 for its second straight win.

Demopolis sent 11 batters to the plate in the pivotal inning, recording two hits and a trio of walks while cashing in on a pair of errors. With the Tigers trailing 4-3, DeDe Davis started the rally with a leadoff double. Chandler Barton and Hunter Colyar drew consecutive walks. Davis scored on a passed ball. Barton scored on an error to give Demopolis the 5-4 lead. Charles Casper later singled in Colyar to move the advantage to 6-4. Henry Overmyer scored on a passed ball to make it 7-4 before Casper scored on an error to push the lead to 8-4.

Demopolis opened the scoring in the top of the first as Barton and Colyar singled to open the game. Casper later hit a sacrifice fly to plate Barton and give the Tigers the 1-0 lead. Demopolis added to the lead in the top of the third. Davis singled to start the frame before advancing to second on an error and stealing third. Barton hit a sacrifice fly to score Davis and give Demopolis the 2-0 advantage.

Hale County used four Demopolis errors to help score three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Demopolis tied the game in the top of the fifth with a rally that was ignited by Davis, who singled with two outs. Barton followed with a single of his own. Colyar hit a third straight Demopolis single to score Davis and tie the game. R.J. Cox made it a fourth straight single for Demopolis but a strong throw by the Hale left fielder erased a Tiger runner at the plate to squash the rally. Hale regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Demopolis committed five errors in the game but found success at the plate with 11 hits in the contest. Davis led the offense with a 3-for-3 day that included a double, a stolen base and three runs scored. Ryan Morrison got the start on the mound, working three innings and scattering two hits while giving up one unearned run. Casper worked an inning and two-thirds of relief before Hudson Holley toed the rubber. Holley worked two and a third innings while scattering two hits and striking out two to pick up the win.

Demopolis moves to 6-5 with the victory and runs its win streak to three games in three days after previously having lost five consecutive contests during a 19-day winless drought.