The Concordia All-Stars defeated the Winnsboro B All-Stars 21-5Published 12:02am Saturday, June 29, 2013
Vidalia — After Thursday’s loss, Concordia All-Stars head coach Boo Blaney told his team to think about their mistakes and for the next game, show no mercy.
His team responded with a 21-5 victory over the Winnsboro B All-Stars Friday night that ended in the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.
“When you make a mistake and you think about it, nine times out of 10, you will come back and turn that mistake into a positive,” Blaney said.
While Thursday’s game didn’t see a lot of offensive action for Concordia, players like Austin Geoghagen and Tyrin Jordan stepped up big for their team.
Geoghagen recorded three runs, four RBIs, two doubles and a triple for Concordia. Jordan completed three scores, including a home run, one RBI, a single and a double.
“They just did their job, and that’s to put the ball in play,” Blaney said.
Concordia got off to a quick start with seven runs in the first inning. One of the mercy rules in this tournament states that the inning must end after a team scores seven runs.
Concordia completed that feat in the first, third and fourth innings of the game.
“Our bats were really hot today,” Blaney said. “We stayed focus.”
The seven-run start in the first inning began with Jake Spears’ ground ball to left field, which brought in Aiden Martin. After that, Spears and Jordan scored off of Tyson Beard’s triple to left field.
After four more runs to make the score 7-0, it was Winnsboro B’s turn to even out the playing field.
They got back into the game with four runs of their own. Kade McMahon batted third for Winnsboro B and aided Ty McMurray in for the score. Later, Jacob Irby doubled to bring in McMahon.
Winnsboro B was able to score two more times to bring themselves back within three at 7-4.
With that momentum, Winnsboro went into the outfield in the second inning and didn’t allow Concordia to score. But Concordia reciprocated the defensive effort and didn’t allow Winnsboro to touch the home plate as well.
Concordia got back to hitting the ball well in the third inning with another seven-run inning. This time, it was led by Jordan’s one-run home run.
Concordia ended the third inning with a 14-4 lead but didn’t relax because of it. They still didn’t allow Winnsboro B to score in the third.
Concordia returned to the plate in the fourth with ruthlessness as they continued to pound the ball.
With another seven runs led by Jordan doubling to bring in Chris McGraw, Concordia was up 21-4.
Winnsboro tried to stay alive as Sam Carrington brought in Irby for their last run of the game.
After three outs, the umpire called the game because of a mercy rule that states the game will be called if a team is up 10 runs in the end of the fourth inning.
Blaney said he is very pleased with his boys’ resilience Friday night.
“I’m really proud of all the guys, they did exactly what I asked them to,” he said.
Blaney said his team still has plenty more games to play, and they can’t bask in the glory for too long.
“No matter what the score was on the board, it’ll be zero to zero the next game,” he said. “We have to come back (the next game) like we haven’t won anything yet.”
The Concordia All-Stars play at 3 p.m. against the Catahoula All-Stars and 7:30 p.m. against the South Franklin All-Stars today at the Concordia Parish Recreation District 3 complex.