Verbena baseball knocks off Billingsley at home

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Adam Heflin swings at a pitch Tuesday in a contest with Billingsley.

Adam Heflin swings at a pitch Tuesday in a contest with Billingsley.

The Verbena Red Devils baseball team kept its winning ways going, knocking off Class 1A foe Billingsley at home, 11-6, on Tuesday.

The Bears got on the board first, as Dalton Davis came across in the top of the first inning to give Billingsley a 1-0 lead.

The Red Devils answered in the bottom half of the first, as Christian Agee, Grant Deavers and Dillon Walker all scored to take a 3-1 lead.

The Bears responded in the top of the second, as Kendall Elrod reached on a two-out single and Eric Willis reached on a walk.

Dalton Davis also reached on a walk, and the trio later came in to score to give Billingsley a 4-3 lead midway through the second inning.

The Red Devils didn’t answer in the bottom of the inning but kept the Bears off the board in the top of the third to hold the lead to a run at 4-3.

Verbena tied the game in the bottom of the third, as Garret Deavers scored after being hit by a pitch to tie the contest at 4-all.

After Billingsley went scoreless in the top half of the first, Verbena took the lead in the bottom with three runs courtesy of Tristan Short, Agee and Garret Deavers to go up 7-4.

Billinglsey answered with a run in the top of the fifth, as Thomas Nichols came across, cutting the Verbena lead to 7-5.

In the bottom of the inning, however, the Red Devils’ offense took control of the game.

After a strikeout, Adam Heflin got on base with a single, and moved to second after Bryan Rasberry was hit by a pitch. A ball in the dirt allowed the duo to move over a base, and a walk to Short loaded the bases.

Another walk brought in Heflin to put the Devils up 8-5, and after an infield pop out, walks to Grant Deavers, Garret Deavers and Walker brought in three more runs to give the Red Devils an 11-5 lead before a strikeout ended the inning.

Neither team scored in the sixth, and the Bears added a run when Hunter Godwin came across, but it was not enough as Verbena held on for the 11-6 win.

Garret Deavers posted a home run and two runs scored, while Agee had a walk, a single a stolen base and two runs scored for Verbena.

For Billingsley, Tyler Powell went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Davis had a single, two walks and two runs scored.