Monterey shocks Bulldogs

Published 2:41 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2007

With their first game in District 3-B a week away, the Monterey Wolves needed a win in the worst possible way to get their season going in the right direction.

After winning just two of its first 12 games, not many people would have expected Monterey to defeat Georgetown, the seventh-ranked team in Class C.

But that’s why they play the game.

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The Wolves weren’t discouraged after the Bulldogs turned a 5-3 deficit into a 9-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Instead, they rallied with five runs over the final two innings to pull off a 10-9 upset win Monday afternoon.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Trey King singled and Brennan Russell walked before Ross Lipsey singled in King for the game-tying run. Then Austin Lipsey singled to bring in Russell to give Monterey (3-10) the win.

“It should start building some confidence for district play,” Monterey head coach Hank Zizzi said. “We play Vidalia, Jena, Franklin Parish and we’re glad they play us. We play the 3A and 4A schools to give us some confidence. We suffered some heavy losses, but we learn. It helps us.”

This was Monterey’s first win against a team outside of Class B this season. Granted, it was against a team in Class C, but Georgetown is expected to be one of the teams to go deep in the playoffs.

Georgetown (2-2) got off to a quick 1-0 lead before Monterey scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second to give the Wolves a 4-1 lead. The Bulldogs responded with two runs in the top of the third, but the Wolves got one of those runs back to lead 5-3.

Then Monterey’s bats went cold in the next two innings and Georgetown took advantage. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the fifth and two in the top of the sixth for what appeared to be a commanding 9-5 lead.

“We hit the ball well and we scored our runners in the first three innings,” Zizzi said. “Then we slowed down. We quit making contact with the ball. In the fifth we had two hits, but we couldn’t score.”

Monterey out-hit Georgetown 13 to eight and both teams committed a combined nine errors. Two players – one from each team – had a perfect performance.

Trey King led Monterey at the plate as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles while Austin, Jon and Ross Lipsey combined for seven hits.

For Georgetown, Q. Alwhite went 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles.

WCCA 14, Centreville 11

WOODVILLE — The Rams were playing their first game in six days while the Tigers were coming off a hard-fought 8-6 win over Trinity last Saturday.

While the long layoff didn’t affect WCCA in the beginning of the game, it almost cost the Rams in the final three innings, but they were able to hold on for the win.

“I was concerned with it,” WCCA head coach Ray Olive said. “We had prom Friday night. That’s why I scheduled a game before district so we could shake off that rust.”

Yet surprisingly, the Rams got off to a fast start. They scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and by the time the third inning was over they enjoyed what appeared to be an insurmountable lead of 11-1.

WCCA was aided by eight errors committed by Centreville (3-7).

“We came out and played on fire,” Olive said. “We played solid defensively. Then we lost focus later. That’s where the errors mounted up.”

WCCA (6-6) ended up committing seven errors in the game. Those miscues allowed Centreville to erase nearly all of the Rams’ 10-run lead. The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the fifth and four in the top of the sixth.

“(Sutton) Olive pitched five solid innings. He had five strikeouts and only gave up five hits,” coach Olive said. “I ended up pitching five pitchers.”

Had it not been for the Rams scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers would have had a chance to end up winning the game. Instead, the three runs they scored in the top of the seventh were not enough.

Both teams combined for 25 hits in the game, yet only one went for extra bases – a triple by WCCA’s Corey Havard, who went 4-for-4. Eric Noland led Centreville by going 4-for-5.