Rocks slip by Tigers 5-3, Hawks & Lady Pirates get wins on diamond
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Apr 5, 2013, 17:07
The baseball and softball seasons are beginning to hit the final home stretch that ends the regular season. The Bay High Tigers and the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws played the first game of their regular season divisional series on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Brother Philip Memorial Athletic Complex.
The two teams battled back forth at the plate and in the field before the Rocks slipped by with a 5-3 win over the Tigers.
The Tigers (5-13, 1-6) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. David Warman slapped a single to centerfield. Brandon Warshaw was fanned at the plate by Rock starter Destin Aime but advanced to first base when the ball got past the catcher. Warman scored on Duncan Cornfoot’s single to leftfield for the game’s first run. Trvor Strong drove Warshaw in on a single to rightfield to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Cody Logan led off the bottom of the first for SSC with a single but the Tigers ended the frame with a double-play two batters later.
In the second inning, the Tigers got a two-out double by Caleb Ladner and walk by Warman to get two base runners on. However, the Rocks retired the next batter to strand both Tiger runners.
The Rocks started the second inning with single from Joe Guillot but hit into a double-play two batters later for the second inning in a row.
Aime and the Rocks retired the Tigers in order in the top of the third inning. In the bottom half of the third, the Rocks got on the scoreboard. Luke Logan singled to centerfield and Patrick McRaney laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to advance the runner. Luke Logan ended up on third base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Cody Logan drove Luke Logan in for the Rocks’ first run when he advanced to second base on a throwing error by the Tigers’ third baseman. Irby Dossett drove in Cody Logan on an infield single to knot the score at 2-2. Dossett scored on JJ Artigues’ double to centerfield to give the Rocks a 3-2 lead. Guillot collected his second hit of the game on a single to rightfield but the Tigers’ ended the Rocks’ scoring chances on the next batter.
The Tigers knotted the score at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning when Tristan Hopgood reached on an error by the Rocks and scored on Gage Ladner’s sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Rocks (7-7, 3-2) reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning when Noah Nicaud led off with a single to rightfield. He later advanced to third on a wild pitch. Luke Logan singled to rightfield. Nicaud scored on a squeeze when Luke Logan attempted to steal second base. McRaney singled to centerfield to give the Rocks another base runner but the Tigers’ ended the inning on the next batter.
The Tigers were retired in order to start the fifth inning. In the bottom half of the frame, the Rocks got base hits from Dossett and Artigues but the Tigers stopped them from going around and ended the inning.
The Tigers were again retired in order to start the sixth inning. The Rocks got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Chase Rhodes singled to rightfield and promptly stole second base. McRaney moved him over with his single to rightfield. Rhodes scored to make the tally 5-3 on Cody Logan’s bunt down the first base side.
SSC head coach Mark Logan stated, “Destin Aime threw well tonight. It may not have been his best stuff but he had some good throws to keep us in the game. At the plate, we go some timely hitting in some two-out rally situations. Our defense made some solid plays in the field to keep Bay High from advancing, as well.”
The Tigers had a great opportunity in the seventh inning to possibly push the game to extra innings as they loaded the bases. Gage Ladner singled on an infield hit. Two batters later, Warman reached on a walk followed by a Warshaw walk. But, the Rocks got Bay High to pop one up for the final out ending the Tigers’ chances at home plate.
Bay High head coach Ricky Smith commented, “We hit the ball hard tonight but, unfortunately, it was right at people. That played a large part fir us not being able to cash in on the opportunities we had on the base paths. SSC did a good job of hitting the ball away from us and taking advantage of their opportunities.”
The Hancock Hawks (13-7, 4-5) slipped by D’Iberville 5-4 on Tuesday night in a division game. Zach O’Hern was the winning pitcher and also helped himself at the plate with two hits. Chase Fagan and Michael Shubert each had two hits in the win, as well.
The Pass Christian Lady Pirates (11-6, 1-1) defeated the OLA Crescents 16-5 on Tuesday. Amber Jacobson got the win on the mound and Jenny Hudson collected three hits and drove in two runs at the plate.
There is only about two weeks left in the regular season for baseball and softball before the playoffs begin.