Concordia 14s fall to Monroe
VIDALIA — The Concordia Dixie Youth 14-year-old All-Stars fell in the third round of the district tournament against the Monroe All-Stars 9-2.
Concordia head coach James Thomas said not being aggressive offensively and errors hurt them the most during the game Tuesday night.
Bradley went 2-for-3 for Concordia, and Dylan Maynard and Pate Shirley both went 1-for-4.
The game started off close between Concordia and Monroe as they were tied 1-1 going into the top of the fifth inning.
Monroe was powered by pitcher Will Ryan, who had eight strikeouts on the game. Concordia’s Sam Parker, by contrast, tallied just three striketouts.
Monroe struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Cole McCarty singled to center field to bring in John Morris.
The score stayed 1-0 until Concordia finally got on the scoreboard with a run by Craig Bradley, who was led in by Maynard’s single.
Now all tied up, Monroe got a boost of offensive energy, as well as help from Concordia’s many errors, in the bottom of the fifth with four runs.
Harrison Travis scored the second run of the evening for Monroe when an overthrown toss to first base allowed Quitia Guice to reach second.
A few plays later, Guice stole home off of a wild pitch to bring Monroe ahead 3-1.
Two batters later, McCarty scored the fifth home run of the district tournament, which also brought in Ryan.
Thomas said they must sharpen up their defense if they’re going to get further in this tournament.
“At one time, our pitcher let the ball up and they got a home run,” he said. “And once they get started, they won’t stop.”
Concordia trailed 5-1 going into the top of the sixth.
Their last run of the evening came from an error as Ron Williams stole home on a wild pitch by Travis, Monroe’s second pitcher of the evening.
From there, Monroe had a little more steam left in them as they scored four more runs before the end of regulation.
This inning was anchored by Rashard Lawrence taking home on an error. Later, Ryan doubled to send in Guice and Morris.
Monroe scored one more time with Guice scoring off McCarty’s double.
Thomas said his team has to be make more plays in order to win games.
“In our first two games we scored 25 runs. We can’t win with only two runs, so we have to swing the bat and get on base,” Thomas said.
Thomas said the tournament isn’t over for his boys and there is still plenty of baseball to play.
“I just told them to hang their heads high, they’ve done everything I’ve asked them to do,” Thomas said.
Concordia returns to the diamond today to play the Franklin Parish All-Stars at 5 p.m. at the Concordia Recreation District 3 Complex.