Monterey girls claim title; Wolves, Vikings net key victories

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 11, 2003

MONTEREY, La. &045; All games that end in a 10-run rule are not dismissed as blowouts.

Monterey’s version against Forest surely didn’t fit that bill.

The Lady Wolves had to keep battling before using a 12-run fifth inning to blow the game open and take a 19-9 win in six innings over Forest to claim the District 3-B championship Thursday at Monterey.

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The win put the Lady Wolves (7-0, 13-11) back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.

&uot;The girls were really excited, and I’m proud of them,&uot; Monterey head coach Cary Shively said. &uot;They were proud of themselves. They got behind three different times, stayed with it and executed their plays. They never gave up and kept coming back. We had a big inning and took care of business. It was a good ball game.&uot;

The Lady Wolves trailed at three points during the game before that huge fifth inning. Forest led 10-6 after the top of the fifth after holding leads of 2-0 and 5-3 earlier in the game.

Monterey got two walks and bunt to load the bases, and Heather Robertson singled in the first run. Another bunt brought a run home, as did two singles before a sacrifice bunt and a walk loaded the bases again.

Then Robertson singled in two Laura Reese singled in a run and Cassie Kennedy singled in a run.

Monterey boys 18, Forest 3

FOREST, La. &045; The Wolves moved closer toward clinching a playoff spot again by thumping the Bulldogs in five innings Thursday.

Monterey (6-0, 11-4) scored 13 runs in the first three innings to break the game open.

In the first the Wolves got a single from Phillip Bryan, a single from Ryan Kemp and a three-run homer from A.J. Smith. In the fifth Smith struck again for another three-run shot after Max Green and Kemp each walked.

Vidalia 5, Rayville 0

RAYVILLE, La. &045; The Vikings (1-0, 21-0) got a shutout performance from ace starter Barry Bowden to open District 3-2A play with a win.

Bowden allowed just two hits while striking out 16 and walking none to lead the Vikings. He also homered to help his own cause.