SSC storms into Class 4A South State title series on the diamond
By Joseph W. Gex, II
May 17, 2013, 21:25
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws stormed into the Class 4A South State championship series in baseball with a series win over the Knights of West Lauderdale.
The Rocks (20-12) lost the first game of the series 6-4 on the road to the Knights on Saturday, May 11th. However, SSC battled back in game two at home on Tuesday, May 14th with a 10-6 win.
In Tuesday’s game, the Rocks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Cody Logan beat out a bunt on a head first slide into first base to take his place on the base paths. Irby Dossett hit sacrificed Logan to second. Two batters later, Joe Guilliot drove Logan in and reached second base on an error.
West Lauderdale took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning with three singles in the inning. The lead did not last long as the Rocks scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-2 lead and never looked back.
Logan led the inning off with a single to centerfield followed by Dossett advancing on an error by the shortstop. Guillot drove in Logan to tie the score at 2-2 with his single to rightfield. Destin Aime smacked a two-run triple to rightfield that scored Dosset and Guillot to make the score 4-2. Noah Nicaud slapped an RBI single to centerfield that drove in Aime for the 5-2 lead.
West Lauderdale added another run in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 5-3.
SSC added another insurance run in the bottom of the fourth that pushed the score to 6-3. Logan again led off the inning with a single. Dossett beat out an infield single and Guillot drove in Logan.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Knights put two base runners on with only one out. Chase Rhodes made a spectacular diving catch in shallow centerfield and popped up to complete the double play by throwing out the runner at second base. The play kept the Knights scoreless in the inning despite the threat on the base paths.
The Rocks added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Logan reached on an error and Dossett hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Logan. Jonathan Artigues drove in Logan to make the score 7-3 on an error by the pitcher. The Knights intentionally walked Guillot. Aime drove in Artigues with a single to leftfield. Zac James, who was running for Guillot, scored on a past ball and Aime scored on a double-steal to make the score 10-3.
The Knights scored three runs in the top of the seventh but it was too little too late.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, “Cody Logan got on base and that is what we need out of our leadoff hitter. Destin Aime and Joe Guillot swung the bat well and got some timely hits with people in scoring position. West Lauderdale is a well coached team but they made some mistakes tonight in the field. Fortunately for us, we were able to take advantage of them. Irby Dossett battled all night on the mound and our outfield of Cody Logan, Chase Rhodes and Adam Guillot all chased balls down that prevented West Lauderdale from putting anything together. It was a solid team performance.”
Logan went 3-for-4 in the game and scored four runs. Guillot was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Aime was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a triple. Dossett tallied the win on the mound with five strikeouts. Artigues collected the save.
On Wednesday evening, the Rocks rolled to Collinsville to take on the Knights in the deciding game of the best-of-three series that sent the winner to the Class 4A South State finals. The Rocks came away with a 3-2 victory.
Freshman Greer Holston went the distance on the mound for the Rocks to get the win and allowed just four hits. Dossett collected two hits in Wednesday’s win while Aime and Nicaud both smacked solo homeruns.
On Thursday evening, the Rocks hosted game one of the Class 4A South State finals against the Cougars of Newton County.
The Rocks dropped the first game 2-0 as SSC only tallied two hits in the game. Aime collected both hits and took the loss on the mound. He fanned four batters.
Logan stated, “Newton County outplayed us in every facet of the game. We tip our hat to them. When you get to this level, you can’t make mistakes and expect to come out on top. We knew it would come down to who had the fewest mistakes. We had to match them and we came up just a little short. We dropped the first game in the last series so we have been in this situation before. Now, we will see how we respond to the challenge again.”
The Rocks travel to Newton County today for game two in the best-of-three series. Game time is set for 6pm and if the Rocks are victorious they will host Newton County in the deciding game on Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m.