Dawgs 5-5 after East AL Classic


By D. Mark Mitchell

sports columnist

The OHS baseball team is 5-5 after playing six games in four days.
Four schools, Opelika, Auburn, Smiths Station and Central hosted the fourth annual East Alabama Classic last weekend. The four schools
join together to host ten high school baseball teams from across Alabama.
Opelika played Enterprise, Northview, Theodore and Alma Bryant (Mobile County).
OHS vs Enterprise
The Wildcats took advantage of 10 Bulldog errors to win 11-1.
OHS vs Northview
Opelika rebounded to beat the Cougars 7-0. Tyler Robertson, (2-0), pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and striking out a career best 10 batters to earn the win.  Offensively, Blake Yountz, Chris Manly and John David Worth led the Bulldogs with two hits apiece.  Mitch Meyers, Cullen Senn, Jared Bartlett and Kent Bugg also added hits.
OHS vs Theodore
This game belonged to Opelika’s Mitchell Myers. The junior used his arm and bat to help beat Theodore. Myers pitched a complete game, striking out 14 batters and allowing only two hits to earn his first win of the season. Offensively he added a triple, double, two RBIs and scored two runs to dominate Theodore. Chris Manley hit his first career home run; Kent Bugg, Blake Yountz, Jared Bartlett and John David Worth added hits.
OHS vs Alma Bryant
The Opelika Bulldogs finished the East Alabama Classic with a 11-5 win over Alma Bryant. Jackson Grigsby started on the mound for the first time this season. The senior pitched four innings, allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out four. Kent Bugg (2-0) relieved Grigsby in the fifth to record the win. Bugg allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out three in three innings. Chris Manley and Mitch Myers were a perfect four for four at the plate. Kent Bugg added three hits while Blake Yountz and JD Worth each had two hits. Taylor Jones, Jared Bartlett and Robertson added singles.
Smiths Station, defending 7A state baseball champions, won two games over Dawgs, 7-9 and 11-1.
Opelika hosts Prattville at Bulldog Park tomorrow, March 5, at 1 p.m.
Opelika’s boys soccer team is 4-1-2. They beat Valley 8-1 Monday at the W .James Samford Soccer Complex. Scoring goals for the Dawgs were  JArthur Grubbs, Marco Vega, Auturo Ramos (2), Jafeht Main (2), Jose Alverez and DeMarkus McKenzie.
The Dawgs’ next match will be March 8 @ LAMP in Montgomery.
The OHS girls soccer team is 0-3-1. The Lady Bulldogs Soccer tied Ozark, 0-0. Keeper Clarke Lawrence played strong defense to hold the Eagles scoreless.
The team will travel to LAMP of Montgomery March 8.
The Bulldog tennis team is 5-2. The boys defeated Huntsville High, 6-3.
Singles winners were Kevin Lazenby and  Andrew Bizilia.
Doubles winners were Lazenby/Bizilia and Carpenter/Pruitt.
The OHS softball team, 1-3, hosts Russell County in an area game March 9 at 6 pm.
Registration for Opelika Dixie Boys Baseball started March 1 and will continue through March 25. The baseball league is for 13-15 year-olds. Registration is at the Opelika Sportsplex. The cost is $40, which includes  a jersey and a cap.
For more information call the Opelika Sportsplex at 334-705-5560 or email D.Mark Mitchell at www.foxonthemark@yahoo.com.
D.Mark Mitchell is sports director for iHeart Media, Alabama Dixie Boys State director and vice president of the  A-O Sports Council.



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