Passman strikes out 17, leads Concordia 14s in two winsPublished 12:01am Monday, July 23, 2012
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Kade Passman and Dylan Parnham stepped up for the Concordia Dixie Youth 14-year-old All-Stars Sunday morning to keep their season alive at the state tournament.authors
The boys pulled their weight in the second game of the day, too, taking the team to the winners’ bracket.
Passman struck out 17 batters and allowed just six hits in six and one-third innings, and Parnham belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning as Concordia took care of Ruston 9-3.
“He was on. Passman threw a gem,” Concordia 14s head coach Daniel Grayson said. “That’s the best I’ve seen him throw in a while.”
Jake Barlow came on in relief and struck out two batters in his two-thirds of an inning. Cole Cangemi went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Jayden Ivey had a double of his own.
Grayson added that he was pleased with the way the team has responded after falling to Shreveport in its first game of the tournament with wins over Ponchatoula Saturday night and Ruston Sunday morning.
“The last two games, these kids have really stepped up and played baseball like they can. I’ve coached these kids since they were in coach pitch,” Grayson said. “We’ve been in second place or right there every year. It’s just a good core of kids I’ve coached for seven years. If they play to their ability, they can play with anyone in the state.”
Game 2: Concordia 14s 10, West Monroe 5
BOSSIER CITY, La. — The Concordia Dixie Youth 14-year-old All-Stars went into the sixth inning of their game against West Monroe Sunday afternoon tied at 5-5. But in the final two innings, Concordia scored the final five runs of the game to pull away with the victory.
Concordia broke the tie ball game with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and added another run in the top of the seventh. Passman went 3-for-5 with a double and Landon Seyfarth was 2-for-4 with a double. Concordia racked up 14 hits in the game.
Despite a shaky performance on the mound, Dylan Parnham was credited with the win. Parnham allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks to go with two strikeouts in five innings. West Monroe, which had 10 hits in the game, overcame a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth.
With the win, Concordia advanced to the winners’ bracket and will take on Shreveport today at 6 p.m. if Shreveport defeats Quincy. However, is Quincy pulls off the upset of Shreveport, then there will be a three-way tie and they have to go by the number of games played to see which team gets a bye and which two teams have to play each other.