Wolves drop two close ones at Crowville; Rams KO Tigers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 1, 2004

CROWVILLE, La. &045; This stuff sure is getting old.

The Monterey Wolves might be in a rebuilding year after last year’s team that was a game away from the state tournament, but that doesn’t ease the pain any of dropping one- or two-run ball games. On Saturday the Wolves dropped a 6-5 decision to West Monroe’s JV and a 9-7 contest to Crowville at the Crowville tournament in what seemed like a bad case dj vu for veteran head coach Hank Zizzi.

And quite frankly, he’s seen enough.

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&uot;I’m going to look and see how many games we’ve lost by one run,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;Like tonight, we’re five runs from winning the tournament. It’s getting old. Like in the West Monroe game &045; we have the bases loaded and score one run. The next inning we have two runners on base and can’t score a run. We just can’t get a hit when we really need it.&uot;

That final game Saturday was enough. The Wolves came out hitting and scored four runs before the JV Rebels chipped away and got the lead.

The Rebels scored two in the third to take a 5-4 lead, and the Wolves left two runners stranded. In the fourth they got a run in after they loaded the bases with no outs and got Jordan Tiffee home on a throwing error, but the threat ended shortly thereafter.

In the fifth Matt Shively reached base, and Billy Metcalf sent a shot down the third-base line that could have been trouble. But the West Monroe third baseman backhanded the ball and threw him out at first to end the game.

&uot;The kid just made a great play,&uot; Zizzi said. &uot;We’re hitting the ball, but all our solid hits are going right to people.&uot;

In the Crowville game, the Wolves scored six runs in the fourth to tie the game at 7-7 before the Hornets got two in the bottom half to take the lead. Landon White doubled in two runs, Ples Arthur singled in a run and Max Green doubled in two runs to help erase the Hornets’ lead.

In the bottom half David John Phillips scored on a fielder’s choice to break the tie, and David Kavalir scored on a single for the two-run lead.

WCCA 10, Centreville 0

WOODVILLE &045; The Rams (6-3) are off to a much better start than last season, and on Saturday they stayed solid at the plate to complement good pitching for the win.

Brad Pritchard allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked none in the five-inning victory, while the Rams got key hits from Duston Dor and Ruston Cado to get the rally8 going.

&uot;We’re playing good defense,&uot; WCCA head coach Ray Olive said. &uot;We’re just playing good team ball right now. We’re getting key hits with runners on &045; that’s what matters. We’re not burning it up, but we’re getting timely hits.&uot;

The Rams scored four in the first off Centreville pitcher Wade Sims to take the early lead and got three in the second and two in the third for a 9-0 margin. Dor tripled in Stephen Goulette in the second inning.