Bryan fans 12 in Monterey’s five-inning win over Kilbourne

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2003

MONTEREY, La. &045; Before the curtain falls on the 2003 baseball season, there may be two ace pitchers in Concordia Parish.

Monterey right-hander Phillip Bryan struck out 12 and walked one in a five-inning 10-0 win over Kilbourne Monday in Monterey. The win clinched at least a tie for the District 3-B title for the Wolves with two games left to play.

The Wolves have Harrisonburg and Epps left to play.

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&uot;I feel really confident going into the last two district game,&uot; MHS catcher A.J. Smith said. &uot;If we keep fielding and hitting and Phillip keeps pitching well, we’ll go really far.&uot;

But the win also continued to establish Bryan’s role on the mound for the Wolves (12-4, 6-0).

&uot;Everything was working,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;He was throwing the curveball for strikes. That was the best his control has been. I hope he’s peaking.&uot;

Bryan had just three batters get out by putting the ball in play, and he allowed the two hits in the first inning when the Hawks got singles from Josh Barley and James Oliver.

Bryan then struck out the next batter to end the inning and retired 12 of the next 14 batters he faced. One batter struck out but reached on the passed ball, and Bryan walked a batter in the fifth.

The Wolves jumped on starter Barley in the first two innings to take control quick. Chad Thomas doubled Bryan, and A.J. Smith scored on an error on a ball hit by Seth Paul for a 2-0 lead. Chad Thomas later scored for a 3-0 lead.

In the second Kemp singled in a run before Thomas doubled home two for a 6-0 lead. Paul singled in a run before Max Green doubled in a run for the 9-0 lead.

&uot;We hit the ball solid all day,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;At first it seemed like everything we hit was going right to them, but they started their way through.&uot;

Vidalia 12, Crowville 0

CROWVILLE, La. &045; The bad news for the other two teams in District 3-2A is the schedule is so spread out everyone might catch a heavy dose of Barry Bowden.

The result? The Vikings used Bowden for three innings to post their second shutout in as many district games &045; also their eighth shutout on the year.

Mac Ware started and went three innings before Bowden came in to pitch.

&uot;We don’t play again for a week,&uot; Vidalia head coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir said. &uot;We just let him throw. He’s just getting innings in. Mac was struggling a little bit but not too bad. Thursday (Bowden) didn’t throw but 80 pitches. We’re trying to keep in shape.&uot;

Crowville had just two hits, but the Vikings didn’t get the bulk of theirs until the last inning when they scored seven runs. They got one in the first when Chris Williams doubled in Trey White and another in the second when Hank Marling doubled in Jeffrey Anderson.

Vidalia got three in the third when Crowville gave up two walks, hit a batter and made an error to set up a two-run single from Anderson for a 5-0 lead.

The flood gates, however, opened in the seventh in the form of seven runs thanks to four consecutive hits to start the inning.

&uot;We just didn’t hit the ball real well,&uot; Hoffpauir said. &uot;In the seventh inning we broke loose. We’ll have to do a better job of staying consistent at the plate. It wasn’t pretty, but we played good defense and had good pitching.&uot;

In the seventh Marling singled in two runs, Bowden doubled home two runs and Williams doubled in a run.

Amite 12, Trinity 5

LIBERTY &045; The Saints (3-8) took a 2-1 lead on Amite ace Robert Young before a six-run fourth sunk their chances at pulling an upset in the first round of the District 7-1A tournament.

The Saints play at 5 p.m. today against Huntington a 16-11 loser to Pine Hills.

The Rebels scored six runs off Trinity starter Ryan Rachal thanks to a couple errors behind him.

&uot;Ryan pitched a good game,&uot; Trinity head coach Jeremy Loy said. &uot;We had control of the game until we made two errors in a row. We pretty much gave it to them in that inning, and we could never get back in it.&uot;