Purple Tigers sweeps East and West Limestone

Staff Reports • Mar 17, 2017 at 4:56 PM

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Watertown edged West Limestone (Ala.) 2-1 Wednesday morning and, behind a two-run walk-off double by sophomore third baseman Tyler Vastola, outscored its Athens-area rival East Limestone 7-6 in the evening to wrap up the Gulf Shores Classic.

Junior Lain Hindsley allowed five hits to West Limestone in a 73-pitch complete game.

Watertown batters collected seven hits, including two by sophomore catcher Matthew Winfree. Brandon Allison, Kannan Akins, Seth Price, Bo Whitlock and Heath Price each picked up one.

Allison scored the Purple Tigers’ first run in the third inning following a Seth Price single and a throwing error.

Whitlock led off the fifth inning with a single to right field. Kolbe Sanders balked and Jarred Bradshaw bunted the runners over. Heath Price’s deep grounder scored the deciding run.

Hindsley induced three groundouts in the fifth and double plays in the sixth and seventh to wrap up Watertown’s first win of the season after two losses.

East Limestone jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Watertown sophomore Landry Williams, who settled in and allowed only one more hit through five innings.

The Purple Tigers pulled into a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth on doubles by Vastola, Akins, Seth Price and Whitlock.

Junior Jensen White retired all three Indians in the sixth on 13 pitches.

Vastola got Watertown’s offense going again in the in the sixth with a two-out double. Sophomore Matthew Winfree worked through a 10-pitch at-bat and stung an RBI single to right field to put the Purple up 4-3.

East Limestone, which was 3-0 in the tournament coming in and had designs on advancing to the championship series, scored three runs off White in the seventh off White before senior Cumberland-signee Cidney Cozart got Watertown back to the dugout for the bottom of the seventh trailing 6-4.

Seth Price and Whitlock singled. Bradshaw doubled up the alley to score Price. Heath Price drew an intentional walk to load the bases for Vastola, who worked the count full before belting his second double over the Indian outfield to pul the Purple Tigers even at 2-2 for the season.

Watertown will play host to Middle Tennessee Christian for the Purple Tigers’ home opener Tuesday before hosting their portion of the Wilson County Invitational next weekend.

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