Sweeping Invitation to StatePublished 6:00am Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Wetumpka Strikers wran the table in Skipperville and have earned a first-ever berth into the American Legion State Tournament in Troy beginning Thursday morning.
“They are excited,” said William Perkins, coach of the Strikers. “And when I told them we are staying in the dorms, they got more excited.”
Wetumpka will play Columbia in the first game of the tournament hosted by Troy University and played at Riddle-Pace Field.
The winner will meet the Wilson/Tuscaloosa winner Friday night at 7. The two losers will meet Friday morning at 10.
In order to get into the state tournament Wetumpka had to win the district, which led to a sweep of Dothan.
“We played well this weekend,” said Perkins. “Tristan (Hughes) hit the ball and drove in our runs, and Christian Montague was unbelievable on the mound in that second game.”
Wetumpka – by virtue of a first-day bye – defeated Dothan 3-2 in the semifinals. Lee Gunter got the win, coming on in relief of Dalton Shephard. The two combined for 10 strikeouts and three hits. Tristan Hughes fueled the offense with two hits, a run and two RBIs.
Keith Johnson pushed a run home on a squeeze bunt. Cody Herring, Shephard, Crockett and Montague added hits. Herring and Montague accounted for runs.
In the second game, Wetumpka defeated Dothan, 8-2.
Montague picked up the win, striking out seven in a two-hit outing. Quentin Taylor came on in relief and closed out the game, allowing one run and fanning one in the win. Offensively, Tyler Knight rattled off three hits and pushed three runs home. Crockett singled and pushed three runs home and then scored twice.
Johnson had two hits and scored three times. Herring scored twice. Shephard had two hits and a run and Logan Burdett had a hit.