Harrisonburg thumps Monterey, still in hunt for 3-B title

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

MONTEREY, La. &045; Hold on now. Nothing is decided over in District 3-B.

Just when you thought Monterey’s Wolves were a locomotive heading into the postseason, the bottom fell out. Ten errors and eight walks hampered the Wolves in an 18-3 loss at home to Harrisonburg in six innings for their first district loss on the year.

The loss puts the Wolves in a must-win situation Tuesday against Epps.

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&uot;Embarrassed baseball &045; you can quote that,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;Maybe this is a wakeup call like it was for Cathedral against Vidalia. Instead of The Three Stooges, it looked like the nine stooges. We errored the whole game.&uot;

The Wolves (12-5, 6-1) were in good shape until the middle innings when the Bulldogs started to pull away. The 10 errors came in the last three innings as the Bulldogs scored one in the fourth, eighth in the fifth and seven in the sixth to take the 15-run lead.

&uot;We threw the ball away,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;We couldn’t throw the ball, and we couldn’t catch the ball. We couldn’t hit the ball. It was an embarrassment to baseball. But hopefully we can learn something out of this. It’s like Bear Bryant said one time &045; we’ve been beaten about every way known to man.&uot;

But the Bulldogs swung the bats and made Monterey pay for the mistakes as well. Troy McIntyre and Roy McIntyre each smacked home runs to keep the Bulldogs in the hunt for the title.

Max Green started on the mound before the Wolves went with Seth Paul and Chad Thomas to finish it out.

&uot;I’m not taking anything away from them,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;Even though we did commit 10 errors, they came ready to play. You might as well be sincere when you get your butt kicked.&uot;

Harrisonburg took a 2-0 lead in the third before the Wolves scored in the bottom half on consecutive doubles from Seth Paul and Shively. The Wolves kept the game alive in the fifth on a two-run homer by Phillip Bryan.