Prep Roundup: Passman, Monterey cruising
HARRISONBURG, La. — Kade Passman pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Hayden Cassels and Jake Cooper had big performances at the plate as the Monterey Wolves defeated the Harrisonburg Bulldogs 17-0 in six innings Tuesday afternoon.
The win gave Monterey (17-3), the No. 1 team in the current Class B power rankings, its second straight LHSAA District 6-B championship. The Wolves are now 5-0 in the district standings and can run the table in district play with a win over Harrisonburg. That game will be at 4 p.m. today.
The Wolves were simply too much for an overmatched Bulldogs team. Cooper went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three runs batted in. Cassels led Monterey’s 17-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Trevor Millican also had a triple and finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Ashton Holland went 2-for-4 with a double.
Monterey scored two runs in the top of the first inning and that was really all the run support Passman needed. But the Wolves weren’t done — not by a long shot. They scored three runs in the top of the third inning and four in the top of the fourth to go up 9-0. However, and perhaps most surprising, they were not able to run-rule Harrisonburg until scoring eight runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tommy Poole went 2-for-3 with one RBI, Jake Barlow was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Trey Book was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Dillon Smith scored three runs and went 2-for-4.
North Pike 7, Franklin County 6
SUMMIT — Ladarrius Coney pitched three innings of scoreless, no-hit relief as the North Pike Jaguars overcame a sixth-inning rally by Franklin County to defeat the Bulldogs 7-6 in nine innings Tuesday night
North Pike scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning after blowing a 6-3 lead. Franklin County sent the game into extra innings after rallying for three runs in the top of the sixth inning. But the Bulldogs were unable to do anything against Coney, the winning pitcher, even though he walked four batters.
Franklin County used several players on the mound to get ready for the playoffs. Starting pitcher Derick Brumfield was charged with the loss after giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits and one walk in one inning.
The Jaguars led the Bulldogs 4-1 after two innings of play before the Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the third inning to make it a one-run game. However, North Pike got those two runs back in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead and appeared to be in command until Franklin County tied the game in the top of the sixth.
Bernard Selmon and DeMantre Collins led the Bulldogs at the plate with Selmon going 2-for-3 with a triple and Collins going 2-for-4 with a double.
Franklin County (14-7), which finished second in Region 7-3A, will host Choctaw County, the Region 5-3A No. 3 seed, for Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs’ Play-In Round 5 p.m. today.