The city of Bay St. Louis had a great evening on Monday against the city of Purvis on the local high school diamonds. The Bay High Lady Tigers held off a hard-charging Tornado squad in the first game of the second round of the Class 4A state softball playoffs at the Leo Seal Softball Complex. The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws took every breath out of the Brother Philip Memorial Athletic Complex on Monday evening with a 3-2 victory ver Purvis in the bottom of the seventh inning. The win eliminated the Tornadoes from the Class 4A state baseball playoffs.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws (22-7) needed every last at-bat, every pitch, every prayer and every breath at the Brother Philip Memorial Athletic on Monday evening to turn back the Purvis Tornadoes. And, it took, literally, every one.
Colin Fredrickson and Cole Fletcher combined to throw a one-hitter which was made up of one error and nine walks. It is that last number that determined the reason for the Rocks being behind 2-0 from the third inning on.
In the sixth inning, Taylor Lafontaine led off with a double followed by Trace Rhodes advancing on a hit-by-pitch. Colin Fredrickson laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over for the first out. Braxton Bean followed that when he put "ducks on the pond" getting hit by a pitch. However, with the bases loaded, the Rocks were unable to plate any of the runners as the next two batters struck out and flied out.
Fletcher retired the side in the top of the seventh inning to bring the Rocks back to the plate for one last shot. Fletcher popped up for the first out. Ethan McNeil and Tristan Bush both smacked a single to rightfield.
With the Rocks back at the top of the order and two runners on with one out, there was some relief spreading through the stands. Lafontaine hit a ground ball to second base for a routine play and the second out.
Rhodes came up to bat and was hit by the pitcher for the second consecutive time and juiced the bases.
Fredrickson also got hit by the pitcher that walked a run in to make the score 2-1.
Bean stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs.
He stared at a fastball down the pipe but on the next pitch, Bean drove a low-inside curve ball to the wall scoring two runs and stealing the victory for the Rocks on a two-run walkoff double with two outs. The deuces across the board for Bean put SSC in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Bean commented on the hit, "I laid off the first pitch which was a fastball and probably a mistake. But, on the next pitch it was a curve ball inside and I was able to get a piece of it. The runners on base were some of our faster guys and I knew when it hit the ground we would score two runs. We won the first game here and gave away the second game on the road. Tonight, we pitched well enough to win but we had not been able to advance runners when we got on base. We have the potential to go far but we have to capitalize when we get opportunities. In baseball, a team can find a way to win when you play hard and that is what we did tonight. "
SSC head coach Mark Logan stated, "We got down to our last out. Before we went to bat, I told the team we had to get back to the top of our lineup. Our 7-8-9 hitters did their job and got us where we needed to be. We were able to get some more guys on and Braxton Bean hit one back up the middle. Cole Fletcher continued to put together a solid series tonight. Different guys have stepped up for us all year long. The guys did not give up and I am very proud of them for that. There is a closeness with this squad that is different from others. Now, we have to correct what we did wrong in this series and get on track."
In the game, Lafontaine had a single and double, and Bush tallied two singles while Rhodes, Fletcher and McNeil all had a single.
On Saturday, the Rocks traveled to Purvis and stumbled 3-1. Dawson Strong accounted for the lone run with a solo home run. Corban O'Bannon singled while Lafontaine had a single and double while Bean had two singles.
On Friday, the Rocks posted a 5-3 victory as Fredrickson smacked a homerun and Rhodes, O'Bannon, Peyton Sandrock and Bean all had singles.
The Pass Christian Pirates stretched a three game series with Sumrall over the Easter weekend. On Friday, Sumrall run-ruled Pass Christian 10-0 before the Pirates flipped the script for an 8-7 victory on Saturday.
The Pirates (9-18) were able to chase Sumrall's starter on Saturday with three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Pass Christian had a mixture of hits, errors and walks to account for the runs.
Sumrall got two of the runs back in the top of the third that made the score 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Pass Christian plated four runs to make the score 7-2.
Trentin Niolet started the onslaught advancing on a hit-by-pitch. Bryce Dubuisson reached on an error and Logan Webb walked to juice the bases.
Mason Knapp was hit by a pitch to walk a run in before Dustin Allison smacked a RBI single. A past ball and a throwing error allowed two more runs to across for Pass Christian.
In the top of the sixth, Sumrall tied the game at 7-7 on a combination of three errors, a walk and two hit-by-pitch advances.
In the bottom of the seventh, Pass Christian started a rally with a single by Corben Williams. He was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Ian Trochessett. Marcos Chacon advanced on a hit by pitch. Jeep DeWitt drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Niolet hit into a fielder's choice where Sumrall committed a throwing error to the plate allowing Williams to score the winning run.
Pass Christian head coach Rickey Smith, "We were able to scratch some runs early that helped change their approach. We committed some errors in the field later in the game that allowed them to get back in it. We were able to get in a situation that allowed us to dictate some things and we were able to plate the winning run."
The victory by Pass Christian marked just the second time this season that Sumrall (26-4) had lost in-state. The other Mississippi loss came t ok Greene County during division play.
On Monday, Pass Christian fell to Sumrall 4-1 to bow out of the playoffs.
SSC will open the second round of thebClass 4A state playoffs on Thursday at home against Northeast Lauderdale. See you at the games!
The Bay High Lady Tigers (16-12) defeated Purvis 7-6 to open the second round of the Class 4A state softball playoffs on Monday.
In the bottom of the second inning, Gracie Adkins scored when Annlyssa Richardson smacked a single to center field that put Bay High up 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Purvis got the run back plus two more when they recorded a RBI triple followed by a two-run homerun two batters later.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Bay High plated six runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead.
Lizzie Weems helped her cause on the mound with a double followed by a walk from McKenzie Favre. Ahmia Khadaroo tallied a bunt single to load the bases before Rhea Lymuel hit a RBI single.
Kayla Lafontaine recorded an RBI on a ground out followed by a single from Blakeleigh Lumpkin. Adkins followed that with a two-run double. Richardson ended the scoring with a RBI single.
Purvis reclaimed one run in the sixth inning to make the score 7-4.
Then, in the top of the seventh, Purvis played two more runs to make the score 7-6. Weems forced the homerun hitter to fly out ending the game in Bay High's favor.
Bay High head coach Wali Shabazz commented, "Purvis has a solid group of batters one through five. They were tough to get out. I was proud of our girls and how well we hit the ball. Offensively, we had a strong game. Defensively, we have some things to clean up in the field."
Weems pitched a complete game recording 16 strikeouts.
The victory gives Bay High a seven-game win streak.
Khadaroo led the Lady Tigers with three hits and Adkins had two. Weems, Lafontaine, Richardson, Lumpkin, Favre and Lymuel all added a hit.
On Saturday, Bay High beat Richland 9-4. Richardson and Brennan Brooks led the charge with three hits while Weems, Domonique Cole, Favre and Khadaroo all had two hits.
On Friday, Bay High beat Richland 9-0 as Khadaroo tallied three hits while Favre, Richardson, Lafontaine, Cole and Weems all had a hit.
Hancock was swept out of the Class 6A state softball playoffs by Pearl over the weekend.
Bay High continued their second round series with Purvis on Tuesday. If they won, the Lady Tigers will play the winner of the East Central/Newton County series in the third round.
See you at the games!