An unhappy ending

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2003

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Nearly a full 24 hours of hoping and waiting ended rather unceremoniously in 30 minutes Wednesday, as the Ferriday Minor League All-Stars were bumped from the District 5 South Sub-District tournament by Catahoula.

Adding insult to injury the Catahoula All-Stars got a run in the third to eliminate Ferriday in just four innings, 13-3.

How is that for treating a host?

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&uot;I thought maybe we’d come back with some new life in the boys today,&uot; Ferriday head coach Michael Cowan said. &uot;(Catahoula) got us early yesterday, and we couldn’t catch up.&uot;

Rather quietly, possibly due to his 10 walks, Catahoula pitcher Cody Herrington completed the no-hitter he began Tuesday when he and his teammates built a 12-3 lead.

Catahoula head coach B.A. Herrington worried overnight that the down time might spell trouble for his son. Despite more balls than he would have liked to see, B.A. Herrington was pleased with his starter’s performance.

&uot;I was afraid my pitcher wasn’t going to be on after a long rest like that,&uot; Herrington said. &uot;I figured it would take him some time to get his groove back.&uot;

Resuming a 2-0 count to Ferriday’s Nick Blake in the top of the third with one out and runners on first and second, Cody Herrington issued to straight balls to walk Blake.

Ferriday, though, failed to take advantage of the situation. Cleanup hitter Barrett Young slapped one to the left side of the infield.

Catahoula third baseman Ryan Grant gunned down Brandon Horne trying to score from third for the second out of the inning.

Ferriday ended up stranding all three runners at their respective bases when Ryan Forman’s line shot was snagged by Catahoula first baseman Tyler Myers.

&uot;Maybe we used up all our hits against Winnsboro the other night,&uot; Cowan said in reference to Ferriday’s 22-8 victory Monday. &uot;I guess we should have saved some for Catahoula.&uot;

After Vidalia dished out an 11-1 pounding Monday, the Catahoula All-Stars were able to exact some Concordia Parish revenge, all thanks to some tired Ferriday arms.

Four Ferriday hurlers combined to issue seven bases on balls and plunk two hitters over the first two innings Tuesday.

The first three Ferriday batters of the game reached base on walks, with Jon-Michael Cowan and Luke Whitaker coming around to score to build a 2-0 lead before Catahoula’s bats ever came to the plate.

Catahoula responded with four runs of its own in its half of the first, on the strength of a Cody Herrington RBI-single and several inopportune Ferriday errors that plated runs.

&uot;The errors were costly. We didn’t make the routine plays, but I’m still proud of this bunch,&uot; Cowan said. &uot;They’re young, but they don’t have anything to feel ashamed about. They played good ball.&uot;

B.A. Herrington knows his Catahoula All-Stars didn’t see Ferriday’s best performance over the two days.

After Ferriday cut its deficit to one, 4-3, when Tyler Trant scored when Zachary Burley walked with the bases loaded in the top of the second, Catahoula got all eight of it runs with no outs to lengthen its margin, 12-3.

&uot;They made more errors early, and took time to settle down,&uot; B.A. Herrington said. &uot;Ferriday is a much better team than what they showed. I know it. I watched them play Winnsboro.&uot;

Since both Catahoula and South Franklin had byes earlier in the tournament, the two teams are set to face each other at 6 p.m. today.

The winner draws Vidalia at 8 p.m. today.

&uot;They looked pretty strong,&uot; said Herrington of South Franklin’s performance in a 6-5 victory over Ferriday Sunday. &uot;I know the pitcher they threw was their ace. He was kind of like mine &045; it took him awhile to settle down.&uot;

Meanwhile, Cowan and his fairly young group of all-stars must wait until next summer.

&uot;&uot;I enjoyed coaching this year,&uot; he said. &uot;I think we have the best group of fans around. We had tons of support. I wish we could’ve done better, but that’s baseball.&uot;