By Jeffery Armstrong
Luella Lions pitchers Alan Dickey and Daniel Brooks combined for a no-hitter and the Luella offense produced a bunch of runs with only one error, but their 14-1 victory over the Dutchtown Bulldogs Friday night at Dutchtown High wasn't a thing of beauty.
The Lions didn't look like the No. 2 team in Class AAAA in the first three innings, leading the first-year Bulldogs 1-0 heading into the fourth inning. But due to five errors by Dutchtown in consecutive innings, Luella (12-2, 3-1 in Region 3-AAAA action) exploded for 13 runs in the next two innings to end the game in five innings and keep Dutchtown (1-11, 0-4) winless in region play.
"I think we took them a bit too lightly at first," said Luella junior center fielder Stephen Taylor. "Not only that, but we haven't played for four days either do to the bad weather. I think we were rusty. But we scored runs in the fourth inning with two outs that's pretty good."
Things didn't look good to get this game in on Friday. Rain clouds gathered around the school, forcing the game to be moved from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. After the field was prepped, the game started on time and both teams were scoreless until the top of the third. Taylor, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, got the Lions on the scoreboard with a single to left field, scoring designated hitter Christian Harris, who walked and stole second.
The score stayed 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when Dutchtown errors and some bad luck helped blow the game wide open. It looked like the Bulldogs would get out of the inning unscathed, but things didn't go Dutchtown's way. With one out, Lions third baseman Kyle Nichols reached first on an error by Dutchtown third baseman Cole Lomax and went to third on a single by Dickey. Harris then flied out to right fielder Jeremy Edmondson, who fired a bullet back to first. Dickey looked like he was caught in a double play, which would've ended the inning, but the field umpire called Dickey safe. Nichols tagged from third to increase the lead to 2-0. The next seven Lions batters then reached base via hits, errors and hit by pitches and when the inning was finally over, the Lions led 9-0.
Dutchtown scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth, when center fielder Tyler White scored from third on an error to make the score 14-1.
Seth Owen, Jordan Freeman and Harris all scored two runs apiece for Luella, which faces a stiff test today at 1 p.m. when they travel to face the Stockbridge Tigers, who upset the No. 6 Griffin Bears 12-6 Friday night.