Enterprise and Rehobeth High School made a trip to Auburn High School for a round robin style tournament with the Tigers on Saturday. Because of the game scheduled against Oxford last Wednesday was canceled due to rain, the first game against Rehobeth became the home opener for the Tigers.
Rehobeth got off to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Tigers tied it back up in the bottom of the third on a ground-out by Clay Golson that scored Ryan Lambert. Rehobeth responded in the top of the fourth with a home run to center by Cade VanSlyke, giving them a 2-1 advantage. In the bottom half of the fourth, an error at third by VanSlyke allowed Trey Woodham to tie the game at 2. Auburn scored again in the fifth on a two-run homer by junior outfielder Garrett Morris, giving the tigers a 4-2 lead. Auburn added three more in the sixth inning on an RBI double by senior shortstop Rowdy Jordan that scored two, followed by an RBI single by Garrett Morris.
Rowdy Jordan finished three for three in the game with two runs scored and two RBI, while Garrett Morris went two for three and three RBI. Taylor Adcock started the game for the tigers and pitched 2.0 innings and gave up an unearned run. Ryan Lambert, who was in the lineup as a DH, earned the win for his 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, including a couple of strikeouts.
In the Tigers’ second game against Enterprise, Auburn’s offense could not be stopped. They won the game 17-5 in just six innings. Auburn took advantage of two errors by Enterprise in the bottom of the first and scored three runs to take an early 3-0 lead. In the second inning, Rowdy Jordan hit a three run homer to left to take a 7-0 lead. Later in the inning, Brooks Fuller hit a two run homer to left to extend the lead to 9-0. Auburn High added four more in the third after an RBI double by junior Carter Hunt scored two, a Brooks Fuller ground out scored one, and an RBI single by Wes Starr scored another run. Auburn held a 13-0 lead after just three innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Ted Benda hit a grand slam to center, which made the game 17-5 and ended the game due to the 10 run mercy rule.
Carter Hunt ended the game two for four with two RBIs and three runs scored. Brooks Fuller went two for three with two RBIs and two runs scored. Rowdy Jordan stole the show on offense, as he finished three for four with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ted Benda also had four RBIs from the grand slam in the sixth. Auburn’s starter, junior Drew Williams, earned the win for his 3.0 innings of one hit ball and had four strikeouts.
The next game for the tigers will be Wednesday (March 1) at McGill-Toolen. The next home game will be against rival Opelika on March 8th at 7:00. That game will be broadcast on ESPN 106.7, and can be streamed online at espnau.com, or on the ESPN 106.7 app.