Concordia Parish machine-pitch All-Stars head coach Boo Blaney gives his team a pep talk between innings in their game against Winnsboro A All-Stars Thursday evening at the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 complex in Vidalia. Winnsboro A won, 6-5. (Justin Sellers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Concordia Parish machine-pitch All-Stars head coach Boo Blaney gives his team a pep talk between innings in their game against Winnsboro A All-Stars Thursday evening at the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 complex in Vidalia. Winnsboro A won, 6-5. (Justin Sellers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Concordia All-Stars fall to Winnsboro A in close sub-district game

Published 12:01am Friday, June 28, 2013

VIDALIA — The Concordia Parish machine-pitch All-Star team came out on the short end of a nail-biter as they lost to the Winnsboro A All-Stars, 6-5, in the sub-district tournament at the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 complex.

Winnsboro A scored two quick runs in the top of the first to take an early lead.Winnsboro A’s Kade Stone tripled to bring Cade Bailey home for their first run, and Matt Collins immediately followed with an RBI ground ball to left field.

Concordia responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Tyrin Jordan got his first of two RBIs as he sent a pitch to right field, driving in Chase McGraw. In the next at-bat, Jake Spears singled to right field and brought home Jordan.

Concordia took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third when McGraw scored on a passed ball, and Spears singled on the next play to bring in Austin Geohagen and Jordan.

But Winnsboro A had a four-run fourth inning run that put them on top for good.Kyler Roberts got his team going with a double that led to Stone and Collins scoring. Two batters later, Nate Gray scored a run of his own after stealing home on an overthrown ball intended for third base.

Cooper Hill got the game-winning hit for Winnsboro by sending a pitch to right field that scored Roberts.

This would be the last run for either team, as Concordia failed to generate any offense after the fourth. Concordia head coach Boo Blaney said his team was not able to put the ball in play enough.

“We had too many strikeouts,” Blaney said. “We have to make the defense make a play.”

Concordia struck out five times Thursday night.

Blaney said Thursday’s loss has to be behind them now because they still have more games tomorrow.

“I want them to go home and before they lay down, think about the mistakes they made so they won’t make them again,” Blaney said.

Concordia returns to the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 Ball Park at 6 p.m. today to face Winnsboro B.