Prep takes DH sweep; Block gets no-hitter
Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 17, 2004
JACKSON &045; It sure was an opportune time to move up in the District 2-AAA standings, and Jackson Prep took full advantage.
The Patriots took both games of a doubleheader from Adams Christian Thursday, 14-1 and 11-8, to move up in the standings and all but ensure the Rebels will go into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from the South.
After the Patriots took the first win in five innings, the Rebels bounced back early in the second game to get a quick 3-0 lead off Prep starter Kyle Moore. They got one in the first when David Trisler doubled in Glenn Williams and two in the fourth when Dustin Case doubled in Ray Simpson and Williams singled in Case.
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But the Patriots answered with three in the bottom half to tie it up off starter Williams, who left with a sore back in the fifth following a two-run homer to Hunter Owen.
Williams went through the first four innings striking out five and allowing just two hits.
The Patriots got the lead to 11-3 heading into the seventh, and the Rebels scored five more. Jamie Morris and Ray Simpson each singled in a run, and Timmy Foster came later with a bases-loaded double.
The Rebels struggled in the first game and made nine errors in the five-inning contest behind top starter Douglas Davis. Glenn Williams’ solo homer in the first was the only run Harrison Hood allowed.
Harrisonburg 3, Monterey 0
MONTEREY, La. &045; Tough luck for Max Green. The Monterey pitcher hasn’t pitched bad at all in two outings against Harrisonburg, but the Wolves got blanked in both games.
On Thursday the Wolves (6-13, 2-2) had just four hits against Bulldogs starter C. Johnson and never really threatened on the bases.
&uot;We didn’t hit the ball &045; flat out did not hit the ball,&uot; Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. &uot;We flew out too many times. A lot were hit right at them &045; same thing it’s been all year. They did what they had to do. They got on base, stole second and scored on a base hit.&uot;
The Bulldogs got a run in the third to take a 1-0 lead and tacked on two in the sixth off Green, who finished with five strikeouts and one walk. Johnson struck out seven as the Bulldogs stayed unbeaten in District 3-B.
Block 3, Delhi 1
JONESVILLE, La. &045; Ryan King had his stuff working so well that head coach Denny Ray Spinks backed off when it came time to call a pitch.
On Thursday, he was that good.
King tossed a no-hitter in the win and allowed a run in the second that came off an error. More importantly, the game all but locked up the District 4-1A title for the Bears with games against Newellton and Tallulah remaining.
&uot;He pitched a whale of a game,&uot; Spinks said. &uot;His location was tremendous. His arm hasn’t been 100 percent lately, but he was hitting his spots all night long. He was keeping them off balance, and I was letting him call his own game tonight. He mixed up his pitches real well.&uot;
The Block Bears didn’t need all that much run support, and they got the three runs on six hits to put the game away. King helped his own cause with a solo homer in the first, and Jeremy Washington scored on a Cody Johnson single.
Block (14-9, 4-0) got another in the second off Delhi starter Greg Jones when Puaul Riggs singled, went to second on an error, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Matt Green groundout.
WCCA 8, Trinity Episcopal 7
LIBERTY &045; A throwing error in the fifth inning allowed two WCCA runs to score, and the Saints ended the game with 13 runners left on base as the Rams advanced to the District 7-A championship game.
The Rams will face Amite School Center at 4 p.m. today and will have to win twice.
The Saints left the bases loaded three times, including the seventh inning when Brad Pritchard got a strikeout to end it.
Amite 4, Trinity Episcopal 1
The Rebels used the hot bat of Brady Brabham to strike first and take a quick lead. Starter Ryan Rachal got two quick outs before surrendering a single, and Brabham put a pitch out of the yard for a 2-0 lead.
Rachal then walked two batters and surrendered a RBI singled by Brett Malone before exiting after facing just seven batters. Andy Moon came on in relief and finished the game, allowing just one run in the sixth.
Block girls 6, Vidalia 5
JONESVILLE, La. &045; Both teams combined for 12 errors, but the Lady Bears got a run in their last at-bat to get the win.
Storee Ryan reached on an error in the seventh to lead off the inning and scored on a Torrie Creel sacrifice fly.