Play at the plate gives Demopolis extra-inning win over Sweet Water

(Photo by Johnny Autery) — Demoplis second baseman Chandler Barton fields a ball at second base Friday night in the Tigers’ extra-inning win over Sweet Water.

Things came down to the last instant Friday night in Sweet Water as Demopolis right fielder Jonathon Lewis threw out the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth to seal a 7-6 win.

Demopolis took the lead in the top of the eighth when it capitalized on a pair of Sweet Water miscues. DeDe Davis reached on an error with one out in the inning. After stealing second, Davis came around to score on an outfield error to put Demopolis up 7-6.

The Tigers had to rally from behind in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-3 deficit. Chandler Barton walked and Hunter Colyar reached on an error to ignite the rally. Two batters later, Charles Casper doubled in Barton to cut it to 6-4. Two batters after that, Ryan Morrison singled in Colyar and Casper to tie it.

The Tigers used four singles, a walk and an error to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. After the first two batters of the frame struck out, Barton, Colyar and R.J. Cox hit three consecutive singles. Cox’s base knock drove in Barton to put Demopolis up 1-0. Casper then reached on an error to plate Colyar for the 2-0 lead. Lewis followed with a single of his own to score Cox and push the advantage to 3-0.

The Bulldogs wasted little time getting back in it. Sasha Smith, Braiden Broussard and Will Huckabee coaxed consecutive walks to open the inning. Jonah Smith tripled to scored Broussard and Huckabee, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Hunter Mendenhall followed with a single to left to score courtesy runner Chase Joiner to knot the score 3-3.

Sweet Water took command in the bottom of the fourth when Taylor Lewis reached on an error and later scored on Sasha Smith’s RBI grounder. The Bulldogs added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Huckabee got hit by a pitch to open the inning. Mendenhall singled and gave way to courtesy runner Flynn Mabowitz, who stole second and allowed Huckabee to steal home to move the lead to 5-3. John Thomas Etheridge then hit a sacrifice fly to score Mabowitz for the 6-3 advantage.

Sweet Water committed four errors in the contest while Demopolis had three. Andrew Patterson worked five innings in relief while scattering three hits and two earned runs to notch the win for the Tigers.

Sweet Water (10-2) hosts Leroy Monday while Demopolis (5-5) travels to Hale County Saturday.